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The Black Hand (1973)

La mano nera (original title)
Antonio, an Italian immigrant in New York, finds himself drawn into the Mob when his options are limited and his desire to make a new life for himself becomes increasingly difficult.

Director:

Antonio Racioppi (as Antonio Racioppi)

Writers:

Carlo Infascelli (story), Vinicio Marinucci (screenplay) | 8 more credits »
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Lionel Stander ... Lieutenant Giuseppe Petrosino
Rosanna Fratello Rosanna Fratello ... Angela
Michele Placido ... Antonio Turris (as Mike Placido)
Corrado Gaipa Corrado Gaipa ... Lawyer
Nino Vingelli ... Don Gaetano
Luigi Pistilli ... Don Nunzio Pantaleo
Philippe Leroy ... The Professor
Roger Browne ... State Attorney
Annie Carol Edel Annie Carol Edel
Mario Frera Mario Frera
Gilberto Galimberti Gilberto Galimberti ... Massara
Gianni Manera Gianni Manera
Giacomo Rizzo Giacomo Rizzo
Sergio Ammirata Sergio Ammirata
Salvatore Billa
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Antonio, an Italian immigrant in New York, finds himself drawn into the Mob when his options are limited and his desire to make a new life for himself becomes increasingly difficult.

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Crime

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my kind of movie
3 November 2003 | by non_sportcardandySee all my reviews

just viewed this movie and decided to take the time to make some comments since no one else has.overall I give the movie a 7,the score would be higher if there were less blood and more clothes on the females.Deserves an R rating.In the 1960's and 70's I spent many hours being entertained by dubbed movies,this one is dubbed so it is to my liking.What I like about it in no certain order is as follows:The movie is about the mafia...it's made by Italians,has alot of Italian actors...it seems fitting.Set in the early 1900's in America it has a dark look and mood...great atmosphere.I believe the character lionel stander plays is the same one ernest borgnine had in the movie "pay or die" that of an Italian on the police force combating the mafia,based on a real person.His character gives a sense of realism to the movie and made me wonder if the movie was based some on fact.The little I know about the real person is similar to the character in the movie.In the past I havn't seen much of Lionel stander in the movies but his performance as a tough cop is very good.He is not the main character though,a young man(placido ?)is,he plays a young immigrant that is a victim of circumstance.He is a just person that kills an expendable gangster in the heat of a fight,the victim had previously killed an elderly friend of his.He gets employment from the mob being unaware of the serious unlawful part he has in one of their cold blooded operations...he is a tragic figure.Other viewers might feel this movie is just another low budget poorly dubbed movie.The film left me with the feeling it may have been based more on fact than much more expensively made films about organized crime.It also left me wondering if the young main character was based on a real person-I liked the movie.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

16 March 1973 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

La mano nera - prima della mafia, più della mafia See more »

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