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Crazy Joe (1974)

The rise and fall of a Mafia gangster, based on the life of murdered New York gangster "Crazy" Joey Gallo.


Carlo Lizzani


Lewis John Carlino (screenplay), Nicholas Gage (original story)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Boyle ... Joe
Paula Prentiss ... Anne
Fred Williamson ... Willy
Rip Torn ... Richie
Charles Cioffi ... Coletti
Luther Adler ... Falco
Carmine Caridi ... Jelly
Henry Winkler ... Mannie
Sam Coppola ... Chick
Franco Lantieri Franco Lantieri ... Nunzio
Louis Guss Louis Guss ... Magliocco
Fausto Tozzi ... Frank
Guido Leontini Guido Leontini ... Angelo
Mario Erpichini Mario Erpichini ... Danny
Michael V. Gazzo ... (as Michael Gazzo)


The rise and fall of a Mafia gangster, based on the life of murdered New York gangster "Crazy" Joey Gallo.

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No killer of the streets ever gave it or got it like Crazy Joe! See more »


Crime | Drama


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The film is not related in any way to Joe (1970), also starring Boyle as a character named Joe. See more »


In the scene where an artist is using a bridge as the subject of his painting, what he's painting doesn't match the view he has of the bridge. The span of the bridge in the painting goes in the opposite direction of the actual bridge. See more »

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A Bit Slow
9 January 2013 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

Looking at it in retrospect I suppose this film turned out to be an okay movie which essentially involves a gangster known as "Crazy Joe" (Peter Boyle) who believes that his efforts working for the mob haven't been appreciated enough. So he decides to force the issue and create his own gang. The problem with his logic, however, is that although he was certainly a top-notch thug, he doesn't quite have the discipline or a good understanding of the intricacies involved in building a crime family. Anyway, I thought Peter Boyle did an adequate job but it was Eli Wallach (as "Don Vittorio") and Fred Williamson (as "Willy") who really stood out. I also enjoyed seeing Henry Winkler cast as one of Crazy Joe's thugs named "Mannie" and Paula Prentiss as Joey's wife "Anne". Even so, the pace of the movie sometimes seemed a bit slow and I occasionally felt that some of the movie had been left in the cutting room. Not a great film by any means but somewhat entertaining all the same.

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Release Date:

8 February 1974 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Crazy Joe See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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