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Peter Lee Lawrence rips off crime boss Adolfo Celi, but will he get away with it?
"The Long Arm of the Godfather" is light entertainment in a crime vein. It doesn't raise deep themes or pretend to be anything much more than a kind of chase story. It doesn't do much character development at all or attempt much cinematically. It's an action movie, and action keeps it going.
We watch as Peter Lee Lawrence, a mob member, steals a truckload of rifles from his boss, Adolfo Celi. Celi is a "movie" type mob boss, not realistic. He plays this role very well, a mixture of seriousness, sarcasm, anger at his inept associates, brutality, and the reasoning of a businessman. He seems to take some pleasure in making Lawrence squirm and tracking him, but there is a serious undertone. Celi knows how to play this kind of role to a "t".
Lawrence has plans constantly going awry, but he improvises new ones. He is attempting to sell the rifles to Arabs in an Arab land, where the last part of the movie seems to be shot. Celi is on his trail.
Lawrence is involved with Erika Blanc who does a capable supporting role. She runs hot and cold with Lawrence, never sure that he can pull off what he's attempting.
The running time of 85 or 86 minutes goes by quickly. There are no police getting in the way of the criminal on criminal encounters, but Ms. Blanc is in a ticklish spot and absorbs some punishment.
In the version I watched, the situation was partly resolved, and partly left unresolved. The viewer can decide what kind of ending might occur after the credits have started rolling.
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