The Black Hand (1973 film)
The Black Hand (The Birth of the Mafia) (Italian: La mano nera) is a 1973 Italian crime film written and directed by Antonio Racioppi and starring Lionel Stander, Rosanna Fratello and Michele Placido.
|The Black Hand (The Birth of the Mafia)|
|Directed by||Antonio Racioppi|
|Produced by||Carlo Infascelli|
|Story by||Carlo Infascelli|
|Music by||Carlo Rustichelli|
|Edited by||Cleote Conversi|
|Distributed by||Roma Film|
|Box office||₤230.363 million|
- Lionel Stander as Lt. Joe Petrosino
- Rosanna Fratello as Angela
- Michele Placido as Antonio Turris
- Corrado Gaipa as Avvocato
- Luigi Pistilli as Don Nunzio Pantaleo
- Philippe Leroy as The Professor
- Roger Browne as State Attorney
- Nino Vingelli as Don Gaetano
- Annie Carol Edel as Mary
- Mario Frera as Don Salvatore
- Gilberto Galimberti as Tano Massara
- Gianni Manera as Berto
- Giacomo Rizzo as Nicola Gerace
- Salvatore Billa as Hechman
Luigi Cozzi, one of the nine credited screenwriters on the film that producer Carlo Infascelli wanted to change the script depending on the actors demands. For example, Cozzi claims that Infascelli had to change the film per Phillipe Leroy's request. Cozzi noted that he was phoned by Infascelli and was told to change the scenes per Leroy's demands within 24 hours. Cozzi noted he was often phoned and told to find reasons and ways things changed.
In 2017, Paramount announced that it has acquired the movie rights for an English language adaptation. The new film, due for release in 2018, will star Leonardo DiCaprio as Joe, and will be partly based on Stephan Talty's upcoming novelization of Petrosino's assassination.
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- Paolo Mereghetti. Il Mereghetti - Dizionario dei film. B.C. Dalai Editore, 2010. ISBN 8860736269.
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