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December 16, 2015
This movie's about Mafia a guy Joe Cortese collects money for a debt collector.
May 3, 2015
Mob film in the aftermath of THE GODFATHER has a enforcer collecting outstanding debts. Quite violent as the action escalates to a series of retaliatory strikes. Notable for an early Joe Pesci supporting role, who stands out to a degree. Showing a lack of attention to detail, United VHS released this as 'Family Enforcer' although title on the film credits is 'Death Collector'.
½ January 15, 2014
A good early mafia movie that follows the tribulations of various mobsters in and around NJ in the 70's. It looks like it was produced by some mafia porn baron who was trying to make a genuine movie with his buddies. Has a good level of realism about it and doesn't try to glorify the life as many of its successors did.
½ June 6, 2013
Decent mob film has a young Italian attempting to make inroads as a collector for his mafia acquaintences. Kind of liked the end where a body is dumped in a ditch on a side road. Notable for featuring Joe Pesci in an early support role and delivering so many hits you lose count by the end.
July 8, 2012
Though Joe Pesci did NOT deserve to be on the cover, this film turned out to be one of the funniest, suspenseful & action packed Mafia movies ever made. Joseph Cortese plays an angry, violent debt collector, & he does a damn fine job at it. This film is, as quoted from the DVD I own, "An Obscure Gem!" & it WELL deserves, "Four Stars!" Out Of Five
December 10, 2010
Despite having delightful early roles for mobster stock players Frank Vincent and Joe Pesci, who were already typecast at the very beginnings of their respective identical careers, the main character in "Death Collector" is a lunkheaded Joe Cortese, an ostensible non-actor with the charisma of a car wash attendant. His is the archetypal character arc of Scarface and Little Caesar, only he is much more of an irredeemable dick than any of his counterparts. Pesci and Vincent stay on the sidelines, say very little, and are dispatched with lightning speed.

There is little here to recommend save for some inspired fight choreography and the obligatory nihilistic ending. Hey guys, you wouldn't believe it, but I learned something today: crime doesn't pay! "Death Collector" made me a better person. My life's ambition used to be to shake down fools for cash and hang out in greasy-spoon Italian restaurants, but now I think I'll become a productive member of society instead.
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½ December 5, 2009
My Copy of this DVD was listed on box as Family Enforcer, Film showed title Death Collector. My copy came from the 10 Movie Crime Collection from BCI, the film quality was pretty good but could have been better. A good collection of stars in this B-Movie made for drive inn, Joe Cortese, Bobby Alto, Frank Vincent and Joe Pesci. Movie was made in 1976 . Jerry Bolanti played by Joseph Cortese is a collector for the mob, from streetwise punk to collector, runs into bands of trouble everything from being shot to having a Black Hitman look for him. Believe this is Joe Pesci first move. It was enjoyable, not a waste. Have to give it 3 1/2 stars, a good package buy or a B-Movie rental.
May 18, 2008
Every now and then you'll come across an obscure little gem that really sticks out, not because it's a great film, but because its subject matter pre-dates much more famous efforts by many years. Long before "Goodfellas" and "The Sopranos", there was this gritty, low budget, authentic look into the New Jersey mafia that featured an electric performance by an unknown Joe Pesci; this film was reportedly a favourite of Martin Scorsese, who decided to cast Pesci and make him a star in "Raging Bull" (he also took Frank Vincent from the cast of unknowns, who would work with Scorsese many times and go on to play a major role on "Sopranos"). The fim's too rough around the edges to be considered a classic, but director Ralph De Vito does show flashes of talent; he would never make another movie after being murdered in 1983 in a possible mafia hit!
November 25, 2007
Under appreciated & unsung; you can smell the garlic & taste the linguine off this mobster tale. A little more character study & a soundtrax & it could stand up to Scorsese's in a Jersey sense
September 18, 2007
hay its jo pesci who is superb actor a mean mad looking fucker who can snap like that this is his first film and then he did raging bull
July 11, 2007
Very bad film that completely rips off Scorsese's masterpiece, Mean Streets. Very predictable & boring, but there is one good scene involving throwing peanuts at a piano player, but thats the only good part.
July 10, 2007
only good to see a really young joe pesci
½ June 21, 2007
really cheesy but joe pesci and frank vincent are in it so why not?
December 10, 2006
Joe Pesci is the only good actor in this movie
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