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Don't be put off by the use of the name Corleone in the title "Da Corleone a Brooklyn". This movie is a thoroughly enjoyable and well-crafted piece of work, in which there is excellent location shooting in both Palermo and New York. Umberto Lenzi wrote the story, the screenplay and directed. He made the story very sophisticated and logical with well-rounded characters that occasionally do surprising things but that are in character. His direction is taut.
Michele Barresi, played by Mario Merola, is a shadowy mob boss in Palermo, with no arrest record and no sure photographs. He has gone to NYC under a false name and passport, but has run afoul of immigration. The Palermo police, represented by Maurizio Merli, have picked up on this and want him returned, but they need to identify him before a judge. For that, they need a witness. Merli manages to get a hood, played by Biagio Pelligra, over a barrel. Pelligra agrees to go to NYC to identify Merola. But the Mafia discovers that Pelligra is not really dead, and determines to thwart them.
There are several attempts to stop them, plus the revengeful Pelligra is more interested in escaping and killing Merola on his own than in identifying him. The relationship between Merli and Pelligra is developed nicely, sometimes friendly, sometimes antagonistic.
Van Johnson is shuffling Merola around, while Merola's lawyer tries to get him out on bail from the minor immigration charge. Merola's interchanges with his lawyer show a great deal of sophistication in dealing with the law and the strategy. He is a man of some authority.
I particularly enjoyed the chase sequence in the narrow Palermo streets, with the camera at the level of the hood. But there were also a number of vignettes scattered throughout the story that heightened its interest a great deal.
I didn't see this picture in one list of the top 60 poliziotesschi, but I think it belongs there.
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