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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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... Paul Castellano
... Gloria Olarte (as Angela Alvarado Rosa)
... Joseph O'Brien
... Andris Kurins
... Bruce Mouw
... Tommy Bilotti
... Piney Armone
... Neil Dellacroce
... Nina Castellano
... Carlo Gambino
... John Gotti
... Nino Gaggi
... Vito Genovese
... Young Paul Castellano
... Young Carlo Gambino
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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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25 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

Boss of Bosses is a little known made for TV movie. Despite the fact that it is a different cast and crew, it was intended as a prequel, to 1996's Gotti, telling the story of Paul Castellano. Castellano was known as the brains behind the mafia's 1980's re-emergence. He believed more in white collar crime, than in organized crime. Castellano was old school and a smart man, the film portrays him as such, but it also tries to play down the fact that he was a criminal who stole millions and hurt a lot of people. Chazz Palminteri was amazing, he was made for roles like this, and shines once again as a hardened, but lovable criminal. As for the film, it's apparently very accurate, and tells you a lot about a private man, that we generally don't hear much about. I enjoyed it quite a bit. The fact that it was made for TV and lacked the nudity and the F bombs, didn't really matter, it was still a very enjoyable film and an excellent companion to Gotti.


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