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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.[2][3]

The Black Hand (The Birth of the Mafia)
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Directed by Antonio Racioppi (it)
Produced by Carlo Infascelli[1]
Screenplay by
Story by Carlo Infascelli[1]
Music by Carlo Rustichelli[1]
Cinematography Riccardo Pallottini[1]
Edited by Cleote Conversi[1]
In.Ci.S Film[1]
Distributed by Roma Film
Release date
  • March 16, 1973 (1973-03-16) (Italy)
Running time
90 minutes[1]
Country Italy[1]
Box office ₤230.363 million





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.[1] For example, Cozzi claims that Infascelli had to change the film per Phillipe Leroy's request.[1] Cozzi noted that he was phoned by Infascelli and was told to change the scenes per Leroy's demands within 24 hours.[1] Cozzi noted he was often phoned and told to find reasons and ways things changed.[1]


The Black Hand was released in Italy on March 16, 1973 where it was distributed theatrically by Roma Film.[1] The film grossed 230.363 million Italian lira on its theatrical run.[1]


In 2017, Paramount announced that it has acquired the movie rights for an English language adaptation.[4] 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.[5][6]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Curti 2013, p. 74.
  2. ^ Roberto Curti. Italia odia: il cinema poliziesco italiano. Lindau, 2006. ISBN 8871805860. 
  3. ^ Paolo Mereghetti. Il Mereghetti - Dizionario dei film. B.C. Dalai Editore, 2010. ISBN 8860736269. 
  4. ^ Busch, Anita (31 January 2017). "Paramount Acquires 'The Black Hand' For Leonardo DiCaprio To Star For The Gotham Group And Appian Way". Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "Leonardo DiCaprio to star in film about the precursor to the American Mafia". 1 February 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "Leonardo DiCaprio to star in and produce The Black Hand". Retrieved 3 October 2017. 


  • Curti, Roberto (2013). Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980. McFarland. ISBN 0786469765. 

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