Histestimony, created a healthy respect and awe for the Mafia or asValachi termed it, La Cosa Nostra. When Joe Valachi Charles Bronson has a price put on his head by Don Vito Genovese Lino Ventura , he must take desperate steps to protect himself while in prison. This has the unintended consequence offorcing Valachi to to authorities. Told in flashbacks, Valachi exposes La Cosa Nostra to the American public and becomes one of the first mafia informants in American history. Frightened for his safety, Bronson alerts prison authorities that he is willing to talk about his past activities in return for extra security in a different prison. It also helps that Charles Bronson is given some excellent support. He's a workaday,uneducated, down- home mob guy, and Bronson plays him as if he werePolish, with a job that he goes to every day, where everyone talksItalian.
My question is - is this sequence based on fact because I read the book The Valachi Papers a few months later and if my memory serves me well there was no scene like this in it. It seems that someone inthe organization has talked--and the mob of bosses, Genovese LinoVentura believes it was Valachi. The boss of his crime family, Vito Genovese Lino Ventura , is imprisoned there as well. It's quite a gruesome death, but it had exactly that intent into it. Cast Cast overview, first billed only:.
His apathy was due in part to his own shadowy complicity withthe Giancana crime family. So was this scene made up by the screenwriters and thrown in as a sensational titbit? As Valachi nears the end of his story, he learns that what has happened in the time leading up to and during his latest incarceration was not an accident. I never realized that he spoke Englishso well--everything I've seen him in up until now has been in French. Even after the film's completion, the producers were plagued with such events; a bomb threat emptied a preview screening room of critics in Manhattan. This film had to be made in Italy, because attempts to shoot in the U. The film starts in 1962. Valachi mistakenly kills a fellow prisoner whom he wrongly thinks is a mob assassin.
You'd need at least this much to tell such a long and complicated story. Federal agents raid the conference and place both Ventura and Bronson under arrest. What follows is a very long story about Valachi's earliest days in the mob about 1930 up to the arrest that brought him to prison--and a bit beyond. The Valachi Papers is a 1972 crime movie starring Charles Bronson and Lino Ventura and directed by Terence Young. Is the castration scene true? Charles Bronson's Valachi is adequate. They provided inside dope that excited our sneaky curiosity about the outfit.
Men like Vito Genovese,Anastasia, 'Lucky Luciano' Don Masseria and Marazano. I can only kill the living. The 30-year-old Bronson gets a job as driver for Mafia chieftain Nazzari, who in a dispute over territory, is killed by Ventura and Infanti. No, he also had to confess his guilt in public, so there could be no suspicion that the party had erred. Bronson was too old for this role. Genovese mistakenly believes Valachi was the snitch who put him behind bars.
Were his stories about blood oaths the real stuff, or was he just making a good story better? Bronson was too old for this role. Almost all the rest of the filmconsists Valachi giving his story to the government agent. At the celebrated Appalachian convention of the top bosses, for example, chauffeur Valachi is right there in the middle of things, hanging around in case anybody needs a ride. The story is helped a lot by the films's length--a little over two hours. Edgar Hoover, denied such an organizationexisted.
Paramount had planned to release the film, but the studio planners quarreled with De Laurentiis over the details of distribution, so the company lost the lucrative rights. Our thing This movie is acompilation of his criminal life, dastardly deeds and the revelation ofsome of the nation's most notable names. The book was bowdlerized somewhat in the movie; Chiari's castration appears to have been invented for visual effect--in fact, Chiari himself plays an amalgam of two different characters in the book. When I compare the casting of the incomparableJoseph Wiseman in this role as opposed to, say, Michael Gambon in thesame role in Mobsters, or Anthony Quinn as an equally old-school rivalin the same film, I wonder: None of these actors are Italian -Americanor even simply Italian; why do some of them work, and the others don't? Gritty, exciting and fascinating as well. The film was produced in Italy, with many scenes dubbed into English. Aside from this, a top quality production that deserves morerecognition.
He and Charles Bronson make this filmworth seeing. Since everything in the movie is supposedly true and told by Valachi in flashback, we have the spectacle of a minor hood constantly rubbing elbows with the big boys. The movie's life is in a series of fairly nice period pieces, some strong action sequences and the interesting Bronson performance. . The lesbian scene along would have merited a rating of R.
Much of this take may have resulted from the popularity of superstar Bronson, then thought to be the world's biggest movie draw. The government agent doesn't seem as concerned with punishing Valachi as with getting him to admit the error of his ways. But on the other hand, there was some doubt about how much Valachi really knew; he was a chauffeur, errand boy and hit man - never a member of the high councils of organized crime. There's almost nothing negative I could say about the film other thanvery minor things. Theres a nasty scene where a man gets castrated for playing around with the Don's wife. It seems that someone in the organization has talked--and the mob of bosses, Genovese Lino Ventura believes it was Valachi.