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Youngest Godfather
     

Youngest Godfather

Director: Michel Poulette

Cast: Martin Landau, Costas Mandylor, Edward James Olmos

 

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This made-for-TV drama is based on the autobiography of one of the most notorious figures in American organized crime, Joseph Bonanno. Bonanno (played by Bruce Ramsay) left Sicily as a young man, eager to escape the tyranny of Benito Mussolini, but when he arrived in America, fate led him to a career on the wrong side of the law with the Castellamarese crime family.

Overview

This made-for-TV drama is based on the autobiography of one of the most notorious figures in American organized crime, Joseph Bonanno. Bonanno (played by Bruce Ramsay) left Sicily as a young man, eager to escape the tyranny of Benito Mussolini, but when he arrived in America, fate led him to a career on the wrong side of the law with the Castellamarese crime family. After his mentor was killed in a bloody feud with cadres of the Gambino family, Bonanno became the youngest man to lead a major crime syndicate in America. Bonanno's battles with Lucky Luciano (Vince Corazza) and his secret dealings with Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Matt Norklun) helped cement Bonanno's reputation as one of the most powerful criminals in the world. It didn't take long, however, for the gangster kingpin to discover that power breeds treachery, and as the years passed, Bonanno (now played by Tony Nardi) learned that both the FBI and some of his most loyal allies were working to put him out of business. Martin Landau plays the elderly Bonanno, who tells much of his life story in flashback as he visits his hometown in Sicily for the first time in many years. The supporting cast includes Robert Loggia, Costas Mandylor, Patti LuPone, and Edward James Olmos. Bonanno: A Godfather's Story was originally produced as a two-part miniseries for the Showtime premium cable network, but was later edited down to 139 minutes for release on home video.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/2005
UPC:
0096009248598
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Echo Bridge
Time:
3:00:00

Special Features

Digitally mastered; Interactive menus; Chapter selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Martin Landau Joseph Bonnano
Costas Mandylor Salvatore Bonnano
Edward James Olmos Maranzano
Robert Loggia Actor
Bruce Ramsay Joseph Bonnano (ages 17-27)
Tony Nardi Joseph Bonnano (ages 35-61)
Zachary Bennett Bill Bonnano
Claudia Ferri Fanny Labruzzo (older)
Vito Rezza Uncle Frank Labruzzo
Patti LuPone Miss C. Canzinarra
Silvio Oliviero Actor
Romano Orzari Actor
Philip Bosco Actor
Frank Crudele Actor
Daniel Pilon Actor
Jean-Pierre Bergeron Actor
Daniel Kash Actor
Chuck Shamata Actor
Roc Lafortune Actor
Roger Dunn Actor
Jessica Paré Rosalie
Emidio Michetti Vito Genovese

Technical Credits
Michel Poulette Director
Thomas Michael Donnelly Screenwriter
Richard Grégoire Score Composer
Claude Hazanavicius Sound/Sound Designer
Serge Ladouceur Cinematographer
Guy Lalande Production Designer
Denis Papillon Editor
Dan Paulson Executive Producer
Susan Hart Prods. Casting
Tarzia/Collins Casting Casting
Kevin Tierney Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Spiral Into Chaos [12:19]
2. Dove of Peace [7:37]
3. Shirt of Oppression [15:34]
4. Immigration Police [10:07]
5. Ticket to the Top [10:31]
6. Profitable Business [12:29]
7. Sicilian Legend [7:25]
8. Family Man [10:47]
1. Respect for a Father [9:31]
2. Mimi's Territory [12:23]
3. Member of the Family [11:24]
4. Ghetto Army [10:56]
5. Accidents Happen [9:02]
6. Lover Boy [12:10]
7. Day of the Gangster [13:33]
8. Wedding Vows [6:03]

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