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May 10, 2013
This film works best when Rosi sticks to his well known gritty thriller drama style, as it loses a lot of its energy with its stints in melodramatic territory. The story itself is a little weak, particularly in its final part.
February 6, 2013
good gangster/bio-pic.
July 11, 2011
Director Francesco Rosi returns to his recurring theme of the connections between legal and illegal exercises of power... in this sensationalized account of the infamous gangster Charles Lucky Luciano (Gian Maria Volonte). The film examines the life of Luciano after serving nine years of his 50-year sentence in the 1930s and 1940s, after which he was pardoned and deported to Italy. Once back in Italy, Luciano travels to Naples, where he finds himself under a continuous ten-year investigation by narcotics investigator Charles Siragusa (who plays himself). Rosi uses Luciano as a clinical study, questioning his legendary status and exploring the truth behind the legend.~ Paul Brenner,
November 22, 2010
Oh dear a potentialy intersting premise ruined by some terrible dubbing and a plot which cant really focus on its subject.

Francesco Rosi has made some interesting films but this film becomes so boring that you really wonder what the point of the whole exercise was.

Volonte makes a great Luciano but other actors feel shoe horned in most noatbly Rod Steiger as a low level mobster and Edmond O Brien who gives a speech and then dissapears into the muddy narrative.

There are some moments of excitement at the start but by the end i was throughly confused and annoyed that an idea has been so badly squandered as it has been here.

A shame then but the film deserves concrete boots all they way down the line , A mess
October 14, 2008
This film was creative and riveting, the story is as the characters portray themselves, direction of the film is done well and the cinematography was beautiful, scrip tin the film was very well done and suited the direction of the film, all up a great film.
January 1, 2008
Excellent and highly realistic depiction of the 1940s' boss of bosses. Although it lacks the grittiness of "hands over the city", it is still a good account of the entrepreneurial mafia, miles away from the gun fights of the Godfather
December 24, 2007
Truly awful. This film has not aged well at all. Despite the film's title I do not feel I know much more about the man himself. Also although I'm sure it is authentic but the dialogue although mostly in English, regularly goes into Italian...without subtitles! Fine if you speak Italian, terrible if like me you don't.
December 10, 2007
Something of an oddity in the career of Francesco Rosi - and yet an indication of how the director's sober style of reportage could do something distinctive within even the confines of a genre piece. Notionally based on the final years of mobster Salvatore "Lucky" Lucania, this gets the machine gunning in restaurants out of the way early on to work on something more considered: both a useful history lesson, and a gangster movie that moves in several directions at once.
½ December 5, 2007
Excellent and highly realistic depiction of the 1940s' boss of bosses. Although it lacks the grittiness of "hands over the city", it is still a good account of the entrepreneurial mafia, miles away from the gun fights of the Godfather
July 6, 2007
movies and boigraphies about real gangster are wicked
½ June 28, 2007
I saw this on A&E once. This guy was a psychopath.
January 21, 2007
I'd very much like to watch this. Charles "Lucky" Luciano is a fascinating character in Cosa Nostra history.
November 29, 2006
I'd like to see this movie!
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