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A Deadly Business (1986)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 4 March 1986
The movie, and true story, is about how Harold began working for the garbage industry in New Jersey only to find out that it was run by the mafia. Having been in and out of jail most of his... See full summary »

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John Korty

Writer:

Al Ramrus
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Arkin ... Harold Kaufman
Armand Assante ... Charles Macaluso
Jon Polito ... Vitola
Raymond Serra Raymond Serra ... DiNardi
George Morfogen George Morfogen ... Sordino
Michael Learned ... Ann
James Rebhorn ... Corbett
John Seitz John Seitz ... Coglin
Marc Gomes ... Rand
Stephen Pearlman ... Martin Prager
Dave Nichols Dave Nichols ... Mayor Thompson
Doug Lennox ... Bristol
Marcia Diamond Marcia Diamond ... Mrs. Prager
Marilyn Boyle Marilyn Boyle ... Supervisor
Bernard Behrens ... Purchasing Agent
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The movie, and true story, is about how Harold began working for the garbage industry in New Jersey only to find out that it was run by the mafia. Having been in and out of jail most of his life, Harold feared more jail time and so went to the FBI. Harold went undercover to get as much illegal information that he could. The information he got helped put away dozens of mafia men. Harold is currently in the witness protection program. Written by m-parisien@hotmail.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tödliches Geschäft See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A great character study/drama, not completely factual
15 February 2002 | by qttroassiSee all my reviews

This was a very good and forgotten TV movie that was shown on CBS once, and I don't think was ever aired again, anywhere-I'm lucky for my mother to have recorded it. Alan arkins' performance along with the performance of Michael Learned as Kaufmans' girlfriend, Ray Serra, and Jon Polito were fantastic. Original soundtrack flows superb. However this story is solely according to Harold Kaufman and the NJ Starledger news paper, and it makes Kaufman out to be an aging not-so-bad thief that suddenly has a crisis of conscience, in fact in a Starledger article released on the date the movie was aired, Kaufman admitted Michael Learneds' character never existed and was created for dramatic purposes


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