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The Valachi Papers (1972)

Gangster Joe Valachi is a marked man in the same joint where mob boss Don Vito Genovese is imprisoned and he's forced to co-operate with the DA in exchange for protection.

Director:

Terence Young

Writers:

Stephen Geller (screenplay), Peter Maas (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Joe Valachi
Lino Ventura ... Vito Genovese
Jill Ireland ... Maria Reina Valachi
Walter Chiari ... Gap
Joseph Wiseman ... Salvatore Maranzano
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Ryan (as Gerald O'Loughlin)
Amedeo Nazzari ... Gaetano Reina
Fausto Tozzi ... Albert Anastasia
Pupella Maggio Pupella Maggio ... Letizia Reina
Angelo Infanti Angelo Infanti ... Lucky Luciano
Guido Leontini Guido Leontini ... Tony Bender
María Baxa María Baxa ... Donna
Mario Pilar Mario Pilar ... Salierno
Franco Borelli Franco Borelli ... Buster
Alessandro Sperli Alessandro Sperli ... Giuseppe 'Joe the Boss' Masseria (as Alessandro Sperlì)
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Storyline

When Joe Valachi (Charles Bronson) has a price put on his head by Don Vito Genovese (Lino Ventura), he must take desperate steps to protect himself while in prison. An unsuccessful attempt to slit his throat puts him over the edge to break the sacred code of silence. Written by Richard Jones <rjo339@swbell.net>

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Taglines:

From the deposition of Joe Valachi to the Senate Committee investigating Organized Crime. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France | Italy | USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

6 January 1972 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Cosa Nostra See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,274,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Fono-Roma)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Of filming in New York where certain elements took an adverse view of the production, producer Dino De Laurentiis once said: "We had been shooting for eighteen days in New York when a letter arrived at my hotel. It was on the stationery of the Italian-American Civil Rights League, and it was signed by Anthony E. Colombo. We had by no means finished our shooting schedule in New York, but we started to move the entire company of actors, technicians and equipment to Rome towards evening of the same day". See more »

Goofs

During a car chase scene, the cameras back out too far from the antique cars, and you can see modern (circa late 60's - early 70's)cars in the street with them. See more »

Quotes

Tony Bender: "Cut it off!" Bender to his two henchman as they grab Gap to get a "present" for Don Vito's girlfriend.
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Alternate Versions

To receive an 'X' certificate the UK cinema version received heavy cuts to scenes of violence including the castration scene, bloody shootings, and the meat hook killing. Video and DVD releases restore the cuts. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Terence Young: Bond Vivant (2000) See more »

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A GOOD GANGSTER MOVIE
29 August 1999 | by James CagneySee all my reviews

I thought this was one of the better gangster pictures I have seen. There were many events in the picture that were based on fact. I also found it interesting that most of the actors actually resembled the characters they were portraying. Great work by the make up crew. This was an entertaining film, and a must see for Charles Bronson fans.


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