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Lucky Luciano (1973)

Biopic of Mafia boss Lucky Luciano, covering his life from 1946 to 1962 with occasional flashbacks.

Director:

Francesco Rosi

Writers:

Francesco Rosi (story), Francesco Rosi (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gian Maria Volontè ... Charles 'Lucky' Luciano
Vincent Gardenia ... Colonel Charles Poletti
Silverio Blasi Silverio Blasi ... Italian Captain
Charles Cioffi ... Vito Genovese
Larry Gates ... Judge Herlands
Magda Konopka ... Contessa
Dino Curcio Dino Curcio ... Don Ciccio
Jacques Monod Jacques Monod
Karin Petersen Karin Petersen ... Igea Lissoni
Edmond O'Brien ... Commissioner Harry J. Anslinger (as Edmund O'Brien)
Charles Siragusa Charles Siragusa ... Himself
Rod Steiger ... Gene Giannini
Pier Maria Pasinetti Pier Maria Pasinetti ... (as P.M. Pasinetti)
Luigi Infantino Luigi Infantino
Carlo Mazzarella Carlo Mazzarella ... Radio Journalist
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Storyline

Lucky Luciano is one of the bosses of the Mafia. He orders the slaughter of 40 other responsibles, therefore becoming the only boss. But a few years later he is put into jail. In 1946, he got a pardon and is sent back to Sicilia. There, he begins becoming one of the chief of the Mafia. The US Army seems to refrain from interfering... Written by Yepok

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Taglines:

The detailed account of the world's most powerful gangster who built an empire on a sea of blood. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | France | Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

November 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den stora slakten See more »

Filming Locations:

Genova, Liguria, Italy See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Some American movie posters for the film featured a long preamble that read: "The real story behind Lucky Luciano, the high priest of crime. The detailed account of the world's most powerful gangster who built an empire on a sea of blood. This motion picture dares to name the names . . . dares to show the places . . . dares to dig up the bodies and uncover the man no one could kill". See more »

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When Lucky Luciano is deported in the mid-Forties, far more modern buildings can be seen on the New York skyline. See more »

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Definitely not your standard American Mafia movie
14 February 1999 | by LevanaSee all my reviews

In this country, Lucky Luciano is one of those 20s legends who have so often been glamorized in movies; we tend to be fascinated by such characters, and although films tend to either explicitly condemn them or show them coming to bad ends, they are among the most infallibly popular Hollywood staples. We also would concentrate on Luciano's years in America, which could be a familiar plot of the rise and fall of a gang boss. But Rosi's film begins with him leaving this country; it relates the long career that he had in Italy, in the drug trade, a time that Americans know little of -- it doesn't form part of the legend. Most of all, Rosi deliberately downplays the glamor. The drug trade is big business, and this middle-aged Luciano is a very solid businessman; the director (and the actor) have undercut the expected charisma. The efforts of police and government against him are portrayed as "factually" as possible (which makes aspects of their discussions rather unintelligible to Americans). Of course, all these things will make the movie seem rather boring to many viewers here! If you're looking for gangster thrills, go elsewhere; this is a movie of ideas, a critique directed at Italy in particular.


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