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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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In a scene where Bonanno is reading a newspaper announcing Germany and Italy's declaration of war on the US (December 11, 1941), the back page of the paper announces the results of a Brooklyn Dodgers double-header, and the Yankees, Indians and Tigers wins. The baseball season in 1941 ended on October 6th at Ebbets Field, in the very first "Subway Series", when the Yanks beat the Dodgers 4 games to 1. See more »

Quotes

Charlie 'Lucky' Luciano: You can't make money with a gun in your hand.
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Ugh--fudgetaboutit!!
26 July 1999 | by siskel-10See all my reviews

The true life story of an American mobster. If you're a fan of "The Godfather," then this film might be worth watching as it's alleged that Mario Puzo borrowed from Joseph Bonanno's life story. You can see many similarities from "being chased out of Sicily," to "the extravagant wedding," to "the confrontation of the local made man who's collecting with the up-and-coming godfather," etc. Other than that...fudgetaboutit! Told through the cliché flashback, Martin Landau's voice-over narration is excruciating. Director Michel Poulette should have taken notes on how Coppola handled flash-backs in "GF2." Not that the story is all bad--just long! It reads more like a documentary. Then what about this whole issue that these men are "bound by honor," yet the Bonanno's sell out to create this Hollywood tale? Peter Bonanno said he wanted Hollywood to show the truth instead of a fictionalized Mafia movie. Excuse me? What about "Casino?" or "Goodfellas?" or "Gotti?" or...you get the idea. Looks to me like these ex-Mafia gents aren't greasing the politicians anymore, but instead Hollywood producers to make themselves appear like American icons. Fud-get-about-it!!


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