VITO RIZZUTO is the most powerful mob boss in Canada. Recognizing that "the life" will always result in either prison or death, he vows to go legit and enlists his right-hand man DECLAN for support. Just as Vito is about to succeed in his transition to civilian life, an old crime comes back to haunt him that will change the course of his legacy.
The triple murder for which Vito Rizzuto is extradited from Canada to the US in this episode is one of the main story points of Donnie Brasco (1997). See more »
In the ambush scene about 36 minutes in, eight shots are fired from a lightweight revolver (one, and then a volley of seven) which is clearly shown to have a 5-shot capacity while the killer puts a lollipop in his mouth. See more »
Ain't Stoppin Me Now
Performed by Paul Michael Harris, David Weston
Published by Audio Network Limited
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The pilot episode is a very good introduction for this 6 part mini-series
This Pilot episode provides for an excellent ensemble of veteran actors who agreed to participate in this six (6) part series outlining the historical criminal events of the Montreal crime family, led by mob boss Vito Rizzuto played by Anthony LaPaglia. After watching the pilot episode my only disappointment was that it ended as quickly as it seemed to just begin and I wanted to see more a lot more! The supporting strong cast includes Kim Coates (best known for his role as Alexander 'Tig' Trager in Sons Of Anarchy), who plays Vito Rizzuto's confidant and mob muscle. The series also stars Paul Sorvino, Enrico Colantoni, Tony Nappo and the new dark horse to the crime genre, Brett Donahue, who plays third generation son/grandson Enrico Jr. Rizzuto.
Some viewers may say that there is one scene in this the pilot episode of Bad Blood which takes place in a bar back in 1981 that may remind viewers of the violent animal rage displayed by Joe Pesci in the 1990 film Goodfellas. The scene shows a young Vitto Rizzuto and two of his cronies going back in time to 1981 in the dead of winter when they are asked by the bar owner Big Mike, to repay a favor owed to his father, and when called upon by passage of the secret word "zoo" Vitto and his two cronies are to proceed to come out of hiding from behind the door and first rough up then rob the three Bonnano mob bosses that will be in the bar with the bar owner who himself is also a mob boss. I will not go into detail other than to say that this particular nights event will come back to haunt the older Vitto Rizzuto three decades later.
If you are not yet familiar with the Montreal based Rizzuto crime family, this six (6) part TV mini-series will not only enlighten you on some factual events but I trust based on the strong showing of this pilot episode and the all-star cast of veteran mobster actors such as Anthony LaPaglia, Paul Sorvino, Enrico Colantoni, Tony Nappo and Kim Coates, you will also hunger for more episodes as quickly as the last one ends, you will want another episode to begin.
I give episode 1 "Scar Tissue" a superior Badda-Bing, Badda-Boom, 10 for 10 rating.
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