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Mafia films

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by ptmbradley, Apr 20, 2001.

  1. ptmbradley

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    I've always had a fascination with the Mafia, and am (very) slowly building up my collection of mafia related discs. However, I don't exactly know how many there are available so I'd be grateful if you could fill in some of the gaps for me. Suggestions don't just have to be serious mob films - documentaries, comedies etc are welcome. :)

    Hopefully one day in the not too distant future I can add the Godfather Trilogy to this little lot, but so far I've got...

    Goodfellas
    Casino
    Donnie Brasco
    Micky Blue Eyes
    Analyse This

    I can think of 1 or 2 others that I could get, but all suggestions welcome. But mafia specific only please, not general crime capers along the Lock Stock lines. :)

    Cheers,

    Ptm
     
  2. Rambo John J

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    King Of New York maybe? I'm not sure if it's strictly Sicillian though.

    Where's that darned Once Upon A Time In America release???? Grrrrr. I can't believe that the vhs is valued at around £50 at second hand vhs stores, purely cos there's none around. Well, none apart from the handful of people I know who've got it (including me :D )

    Is Michael Cimino's Christopher Lambert starrer The Sicillian out on disc yet?
     
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    Speaking of the Godfather trilogy, do we have a release date yet?
     
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    Sopranos?
     
  5. ptmbradley

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    Yeah, I want to get the Soprano's. Although the weird thing is I've hardly ever watched it on telly! It's just the sort of thing that's up my street, but it was always on at the wrong time for me and I didn't want to start getting into it knowing I might not see it again for weeks.

    But until I can guarantee some income once I've changed jobs I'm not spending anyway, so this is all just a shopping list for the future. :)

    Any others anyone?
     
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    Abel Ferrarra's "The Funeral" might fit the bill.
    Soprano's belongs in everyone's collection. I believe The Soprano's will (once complete, David Chase has written four seasons each with a different theme) be superior to The Godfather films....
     
  7. PoochJD

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    Hi,

    A "Mafia" film that I quite like, and that gets generally good/great reviews from those who watch it, is a little-known Italian Tv mini series, called "BLOOD TIES".

    Originally, it was four one-hour TV episodes. Then it was released to home video, in the USA, at just under 2 hours. For the UK, however, it was cut further still, to a measly 96 minutes.

    The original 4-part version has turned up on the Anglia TV region twice, as that is how I obtained my copy. And the US 2-hour cut has recently been showing on Bravo, (in the middle of the night mind). The 96-minute cut was released on UK rental video, and can sometimes be found in old rental shops, or in bargain basement stores.

    The film was directed by Giacomo Battiato in 1986/87, and the film stars Brad Davis (Querelle, Midnight Express), Tony Lo Bianco, and Vincent Spano. It is in English, despite being made for Italian TV, but that is because Battiato wanted to release it internationally, without subtitles, hence this is why it was so-filmed.

    Definitely worth a look for.

    Pooch
     
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    Used to own a VHS copy of a subtitled film called 'La Scorta' about those unfortunate policemen whose job it is to protect judges in Italy - not a bad show. Don't think it is out on DVD though. I suppose this would qualify.
     
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    I'd recommend - Suicide Kings [R1] - It stars Christopher Walken as a Mafia boss who is kidnapped by some rich kids... Dennis Leary is his henchman... excellent black comedy. Also look at Prizzi's Honour.. though I'm not sure if it's released on DVD yet.
     
  10. ptmbradley

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    Cheers guys, appreciate it.

    Looks like there are a few to look out for there. :)

    Ptm
     

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