THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

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FROM CORLEONE TO BROOKLYN (1979)

This is one of those Italian crime films of the 70s – I have a fond spot for that genre.  This one’s a bit different.  Maurizio Merli is after an Italian crime boss who has fled to the states – Brooklyn, New York, to be exact.  The crime boss (Michele Barresi) is advised by his scummy lawyer to turn himself in to the NY cops (who are looking for him for immigration purposes only).  If he’s deported solely for that reason, he’ll slip away again.  But there’s one wild card – a hitman who tried to kill another crime boss (Salvatore Scalia).  The boss put out a contract on him and his sister – and his sister has been killed.  He’s willing to testify against Barresi in New York, which will allow the cops to put him away for good.  But Merli has to escort the hitman from Italy to Brooklyn – and since there’s a price on his head, that means a whole lot of folks are trying to kill him!  This is a pretty good road movie, and Scalia has some pretty good moments with Merli.  There’s even an appearance by Van Johnson as the New York police captain trying to keep them safe til the morning of the trial (they hide out in a Holiday Inn!).  There’s good stuff here and a little more character development than is the norm in these films.  Good of its type and available on Amazon Prime.

 

TLA one-word review: Thrilling

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