Crime Inc. (1984– )

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Series cast summary:
Martin Short ...
 Narrator (7 episodes, 1984)
Aladena Fratianno ...
 Himself, FBI informer (4 episodes, 1984)
Joseph Cantalupo ...
 Himself, FBI informer (3 episodes, 1984)
John Cusack ...
 Himself - Narcotics Agent (3 episodes, 1984)
Remo Franceschini ...
 Himself, Lt., New York Police (3 episodes, 1984)
John Donohue ...
 Himself, undercover detective / ... (3 episodes, 1984)
Gerry Denono ...
 Himself, FBI informer (3 episodes, 1984)
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With archive film including home movies and FBI surveillance material, the award-winning Crime Inc. tells the true story behind the world's most powerful crime syndicate, the Mob, La Cosa Nostra or The Mafia. Interviews with mob members turned informants, including former boss Jimmy 'The Weasel' Fratianno, reveal the inner workings of the mafia, from the ritual of becoming a "made" man and their code of honor, to the harrowing and detailed descriptions of their work, accompanied by equally graphic images and film footage. Written by Ørnås

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5 March 1986 (USA)  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)
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A view on organized crime between 1920 and 1980
4 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

I rediscovered this documentary recently among some old VHS recordings and i have to say; if anything it gained in quality over the years. Now thats not because todays documentaries are worse, its because the retro picture quality for some reason enhances the feel for the subject.

Crime Inc. is about the early organized Crime in the USA from the 1920 to ~1980 and consists of (highly edited) Interviews and News-segments of the respective time periods; narrated by Martin Short. The documentary itself has a clear narrative and, when i first watched it, felt quite construed - but now that the presentation and picture quality seems so old fashioned it unwillingly provides some distance from the scandalous and shocking subject. It never registered as something that actually happened for me. Now, since the newly gained distance allows me to judge whatever is portrayed rationally and with a grain of salt, it does.

Wile the music, editing and commentary are superb it has to be said this series only gains if u ignore the (old fashioned) attempts to dramatize and shock - and focus on the interviews and news-segments. The interviews alone should be enough to leave you pondering crime-culture and how men can (post-)rationalize just about anything.

Since i remember this feeling like a movie back when it originally aired (and therefore fictional - good for entertainment, not that good for a documentary) 8/10. Only gained with time.


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