The Valachi Papers 1972

The Valachi Papers

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Brooklyn mob soldier Joseph Valachi (Charles Bronson) gives the government a history of the Mafia from 1929 to 1961.

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Critic Reviews for The Valachi Papers

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1) | Rotten (3)

  • We're not involved enough to really care that much about Joe Valachi, and the movie becomes a series of high points on the road to a labored conclusion.

    April 30, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The film has neither subtlety nor depth and acting, with Charles Bronson in the starring role, earnest but dull.

    October 9, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Valachi wasn't biting off of The Godfather. To the contrary, they were developed almost in tandem. One just happened to become one of the greatest motion pictures ever created, and a global phenomenon. The other happened to be The Valachi Papers.

    November 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Valachi Papers

  • Feb 04, 2009
    As a mob history lesson, <i>The Valachi Papers</i> gets a B minus, as a film it rates a solid C. The characters, especially the Italians, are reduced to thin characterizations. At times, its as though the Super Mario Brothers are recreating scenes from <i>The Godfather</i> or <i>Goodfellas</i>. The accents, and the mustaches, are just that cheesy. Still, Bronson presents an intriguing, albeit romanticized, representation of real-life mob hitman Joseph Valachi. It's interesting to note that the film's production had to be halted in the U.S. because it became too dangerous to continue. Apparently certain powerful entities didn't want the story told. It was completed in Europe.
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  • Feb 05, 2007
    Classic Charles Bronson. It doesn't get any better than this. In other words,don't fuck with Chuck.
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