R | | Crime, Drama
From start to finish, it's a story of friendship between four street-wise males who don't mind using violence to achieve the lives that they want. They trust no one but each other, which is vital to their success as mobsters.
When Don Faranzano (Sir Michael Gambon) (his name was Maranzano in real-life) is introducing his underbosses at the banquet where he announces himself as the "Boss of all bosses", he names the underbosses as "Lucky" Luciano, Joe Bonnano, Joe Profaci, Vincent Mangano, and Thomas Gagliano. After Lucky orchestrated the death of Faranzano/Maranzano in real-life, the five underbosses became the heads of the individual "Five Families" of organized crime in New York City. Eventually, through the years of succession, the Luciano family became the Genovese Family. The Mangano Family became the Gambino Family. The Gagliano family became the Luchese Family, and the Profaci Family became the Columbo Family. Only the Bonnano Family retained the name of its original leader.
Don Giuseppe 'Joe the Boss' Masseria:
I've seen a lot of guys just like you come and go, Charlie. The ones who come, they come to me. The ones who go...
Don Giuseppe 'Joe the Boss' Masseria: ... I'm the guy who sends them off.
The Internal Revenue Service is mentioned twice as having investigated income tax evasion. Before 1953 the IRS was the "Bureau of Internal Revenue"; it was changed to Internal Revenue Service to emphasize "service" to taxpayers.
Was heavily cut to secure an M rating for its Summer 92 Australian theatrical run. The cuts were later restored for its R rated VHS release.
$6,030,585 28 July 1991
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