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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.

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Dwight H. Little (as Dwight Little)

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Joseph F. O'Brien (book), Andris Kurins (book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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.

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 2005 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Boss See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Bleecker Street Films See more »
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Color
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So-so. Capiche?
1 January 2003 | by stevesolaSee all my reviews

Chazz puts up a good fight here, trying to rise above the script and some lousy supporting players. Not to mention the fact that he looks nothing, and I mean nothing, like the real Castellano. The screenplay trots out every mob cliche in the book, with characters blabbering about "this thing of ours" and telling the Don, "I'll do anything to prove my loyalty." Ditto the FBI guys. "Let's tighten the noose! I want him." Oy vey. Paging Robert Towne....

The story also glosses over many of the more sordid personal problems of the BOB. Still, I was never bored. Definitely better than most made for TV "movies."


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