The story of the rise and fall of the powerful New York City organized crime boss, Paul Castellano.

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This film follows the life of Paul Castellano, a mobster who rose in the ranks of New York City's Gambino crime family with the help of his considerable intelligence until he was picked to become the reigning don of the family in the 1970s. Flush with his power, he charts a new course for the mob with the emphasis on a low profile approach exploiting quiet crime business like labour union control while promising to deal with murderous severity anyone he catches dealing with drugs. Yet for all the sureness of his position's authority, his own indiscretions in his personal life provide complications of his own. With this being combined with the growing restiveness of his underling's discomfort with his quiet approach and the FBI agents who are determined to bring him down, then the stage is set for a tragic fall. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@rogers.com>

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Some people live by the rules. Paul Castellano died by them.

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I loved the movie. Chazz Palminteri is fantastic!!!
10 June 2001 | by (Bellwood, Illinois, USA) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie. Chazz Palminteri was great. I loved the way he portrayed Paul Castellano, the tough, sensitive, thinking mob boss. He was effective and believable in all nuances of the character.(I am definitely a fan!). I love his expressive face, especially his eyes!

The younger Castellano character even had some of the flavor of Chazz's voice(great voice as the older Castellano). This young actor was a good choice and a nice touch.

I liked this movie, even though it didn't have the freedom of HBO tv.

The crazed kitchen scene with Castellano and his wife is a must see!

Castellano was an unusual boss in that he truly wanted to legitimize the business as a whole, which was interesting to me.


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