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Bonanno: A Godfather's Story (1999)

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The true life story of mafia boss Joesph Bonanno. The story spans from Bonanno's early beginings in Italy, to his conquests in America.

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Michel Poulette

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Bill Bonanno (book), Joseph Bonanno (book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Landau ... Joseph Bonanno, Age 94
Guido Grasso Jr. Guido Grasso Jr. ... Peter Maggadino
Bruce Ramsay ... Joseph Bonanno (Ages 17-27)
Tony Nardi ... Joseph Bonanno (Ages 35-61)
Costas Mandylor ... Salvatore Bonanno
Edward James Olmos ... Salvatore Maranzano
Vito DeFilippo Vito DeFilippo ... Gaspar DiGregario (Young)
Domenico Fiore Domenico Fiore ... Gaspar DiGregario (Older) (as Dom Fiore)
Zachary Bennett ... Bill Bonanno
Aldo Tirelli Aldo Tirelli ... Bastiano Buster Domingo
Frank Pellegrino ... John Tartamella
Jessica Welch Jessica Welch ... Fanny Labruzzo (Young)
Claudia Ferri ... Fanny Labruzzo (Older)
Antonio Maltese Antonio Maltese ... Italian Naval Cadet
Vito Rezza Vito Rezza ... Uncle Frank Labruzzo
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The true life story of mafia boss Joesph Bonanno. The story spans from Bonanno's early beginings in Italy, to his conquests in America.

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Inside the heart and mind of the Mafia.

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

Italy | Canada | USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

25 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Youngest Godfather See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This 1999 Lifetime made-for-television movie is based on the real-life events of famous Italian-born American mafioso Joseph Charles Bonanno, Sr. (born 18 Jan 1905), who became the boss of the Bonanno crime family. See more »

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Charlie 'Lucky' Luciano: You can't make money with a gun in your hand.
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Great Script + Great Production = Great Movie.
22 January 2007 | by gardel46See all my reviews

You could say I'm biased a) because my grandparents were Sicilian and b) because I love the genre. I also have a screenplay about my grandparents' story, and I see sections my own script magnificently produced in many scenes of this movie.

Some comments are negative because they claim the movie "glorifies" criminals. Personally, I don't agree with that view. In any event, regardless of the value judgments one might pass, this movie is full of merit for many reasons.

It is a wonderful time piece, taking us from Sicily of the early 1900s to the US of the 1990s. The sets are wonderful, the wardrobe outstanding. And the actors are excellent, except for the man playing Joe Masseria, who I think overacted a bit. Although, perhaps that's what Masseria was like.

The script, the critical element that truly makes (or breaks) a film, IMO is also very good. In addition to telling the story it has to tell, it includes a bonus. And that is small tidbits of "universal wisdom," if you will.

  • The importance of one's word. The movie evokes a time when that meant a great deal, in contrast to current times.


  • The importance of never forgetting those who have lent you a hand in the past, and expressing gratitude for it by returning the favor when the opportunity arises.


  • Maxims such as "When it's your life that's on the line, you can only trust yourself".


Perhaps a 10 is a tad too generous, but I'd give it no less than a 9.

The reason it gets a 10 is as kudos for having produced a great script. Great scripts of all genres need to be produced, and not the garbage that keeps getting cranked out. The saying goes, "you can have a bad movie with a good script, but you can't have a good movie with a bad script." In this case, we have a great script and great production, which equals a great movie.


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