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The Boss (1973)

Il boss (original title)
A hitman finds himself embroiled in the middle of a Mafia war between the Sicilians and the Calabrians.

Director:

Fernando Di Leo

Writers:

Peter McCurtin (novel), Fernando Di Leo (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Silva ... Nick Lanzetta
Richard Conte ... Don Corrasco
Gianni Garko ... Commissario Torri
Antonia Santilli Antonia Santilli ... Rina D'Aniello
Corrado Gaipa Corrado Gaipa ... Avvocato Rizzo
Marino Masé ... Pignataro
Howard Ross Howard Ross ... Melende
Claudio Nicastro ... Don Giuseppe D'Aniello
Gianni Musy Gianni Musy ... Carlo Attardi
Mario Pisu Mario Pisu ... Onorevole Gabrielli
Vittorio Caprioli ... Questore
Pier Paolo Capponi ... Cocchi
Andrea Aureli ... Don Antonino Attardi
Pietro Ceccarelli Pietro Ceccarelli ... Maione
Giulio Baraghini Giulio Baraghini ... Guardaspalle Don Corrasco
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Storyline

A bomb attack in a cinema in Palermo kills all the fellows of Attardi's clan a part from Cocchi. He immediately understands that the author of the bomb attack is Daniello from Don Corrasco's clan. Cocchi is determined to revenge. His actions, including the Corrasco's daughter kidnap, in a Palermo in which also the police is corrupted, will soon destroy the old equilibrium giving the way to an escalation of violence that won't save anyone. If Cocchi will survive to the mafia war he will be the new boss for sure. Written by 1felco

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Taglines:

Killer vs. killers.

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Luis Bacalov's score reuses sections from his and Fernando Di Leo's previous collaboration, Caliber 9 (1972). See more »

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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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Last and least of Di Leo's organised crime trilogy
18 November 2007 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

The Boss is the third and final part of Fernando Di Leo's loose trilogy based on organised crime, and it's also the weakest. Milano Calibro 9 and The Italian Connection are without doubt two of the finest examples of this genre, but while this one isn't particularly bad; it's not great either, and despite a number of standout moments; The Boss grinds to a halt on more than one occasion, and I was nowhere near as gripped during this film as I was during the other two parts of this trilogy. The film is more focused on the 'organised crime' angle than the other two films; and The Godfather seems like an obvious influence. The film focuses on a war between two rival mafia families. Things start to get out of control after an attack on the local porn theatre, which leaves a load of gang members dead. Naturally, the wronged gang decides to take revenge for these killings and goes about kidnapping the rival don's daughter Rina Daniello. At the centre of the tale is the Nick Lanzetta, the assassin behind the killings in the theatre.

The film gets off to an explosive start with a sequence that sees the central character blow a load of people away with a grenade launcher. This is somewhat misleading; as a film with an opening like this really promises excitement all the way through, but unfortunately things slow down after that, which really annoyed me. The film does feature some other interesting scenes (including a nice death scene that sees someone get a flick knife in the mouth), but The Boss never manages to top its opening scene. A lot of the film is made of talking, and that's not what I tune into this sort of film for; I prefer my Polizi full blooded and full of car chases and gun fights. Like the superior 'Italian Connection', this film stars Henry Silva. The cult actor made a number of these films, and he suits the hit-man role well. Seasoned Italian cult film actor Richard Conte stars alongside Silva and also does well also. I have to say that I was losing interest by the end, but thankfully the film does have just about enough about it to ensure that it's worth seeing for fans of this usually wonderful genre.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1 February 1973 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Wipeout! See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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