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Boss of Bosses (2001)

The story of the rise and fall of the powerful New York City organized crime boss, Paul Castellano.


Dwight H. Little (as Dwight Little)


Joseph F. O'Brien (book), Andris Kurins (book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chazz Palminteri ... Paul Castellano
Angela Alvarado ... Gloria Olarte (as Angela Alvarado Rosa)
Jay O. Sanders ... Joseph O'Brien
Clancy Brown ... Andris Kurins
Daniel Benzali ... Bruce Mouw
Richard Foronjy ... Tommy Bilotti
Mark Margolis ... Piney Armone
Dayton Callie ... Neil Dellacroce
Patricia Mauceri ... Nina Castellano
Al Ruscio ... Carlo Gambino
Sonny Marinelli ... John Gotti
Philip Williams ... Nino Gaggi
Steven Bauer ... Vito Genovese
Yani Gellman ... Young Paul Castellano
William DeMeo ... Young Carlo Gambino


This film follows the life of Paul Castellano, a mobster who rose in the ranks of New York City's Gambino crime family with the help of his considerable intelligence until he was picked to become the reigning don of the family in the 1970s. Flush with his power, he charts a new course for the mob with the emphasis on a low profile approach exploiting quiet crime business like labor union control while promising to deal with murderous severity anyone he catches dealing with drugs. Yet for all the sureness of his position's authority, his own indiscretions in his personal life provide complications of his own. With this being combined with the growing restiveness of his underling's discomfort with his quiet approach and the FBI agents who are determined to bring him down, then the stage is set for a tragic fall. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Some people live by the rules. Paul Castellano died by them.


Biography | Crime | Drama


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The character Joey Bazzini is based on the real-life Gambino crime family associate Joseph Iannuzzi, who operated bookmaking and loansharking operations in Florida for made man Tommy Agro. Iannuzzi became an FBI informant after Agro and two associates beat him almost to death with a baseball bat and tire iron when he fell several months behind in delivering payments to Agro. See more »


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Twenty-two shots from two guns - no reloads.
3 August 2003 | by merc_man02See all my reviews

This story has been modified for the screen without a doubt. For the assassination scene two eight-round semi-autos fired twenty-two shots with no visible reloads, leaving shell casings as evidence all over the place? Okay, so I have high standards for docudramas. The book this was based on was pretty good. It did not portray Paul Castellano as sympathetically as was done in the movie. For those with an interest in this story and no time to read it's okay, but don't kid yourself that this is the whole story.

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Release Date:

19 July 2005 (Sweden) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Bleecker Street Films See more »
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