Lucky Luciano

Synopsis: Lucky Luciano is one of the bosses of the Mafia. He orders the slaughter of 40 other responsibles, therefore becoming the only boss. But a few years later he is put into jail. In 1946, he got a pardon and is sent back to Sicilia. There, he begins becoming one of the chief of the Mafia. The US Army seems to refrain from interfering...
Director(s): Francesco Rosi
Production: Harbor Productions
  1 win & 1 nomination.
105 min

In 1946, the American Justice

gave a present to the Mafia.

Sent back to Italy,

his home country, Salvatore Lucanfa,

alias Charles "Lucky" Luciano,

the king of the New York underworld.

Sentenced to 50 years in prison in 1936,

by District Attorney Thomas E. Dewey,

after 9 years he was acquitted

for "special services" rendered

to the U. S. Armed Forces,

by the same Dewey, who had

become the new governor of New York.

Where are you going, godfather'?

- Open the gate!

Go on.

Say hi to my hometown!

I guess we'll go.

Excuse me, I need the bathroom.

You can't know how I feel.

Watch out, I'm a Sicilian, too,

and I can break your ass!

You're an asshole.

Charlie, don't get pissed.

Freddie's a new guy!

That's Frank Costello,

their prime minister.

And Sox Lanza with the whole fish market.

Shit, with a fishnet

we could catch them all!

They're having fun

while we freeze our asses off!

A toast to Charlie's health!

Champagne! Come!

They drink champagne,

and you piss Coca-Cola.

One must always be on the side of power.

Because it's the only way,

one can achieve balance..

In the world we want.

A man to be a man,

must be a man of order.

I'd even say a man of peace.

Five months after

the death of Joe Masseria,

on the night of September 11, 1931,

which became known as

the Night of the Sicilian Vespers,

40 crime bosses were killed from

one end of the United States.

The decapitation strategy of

the old mafia was by Lucky Luciano,

who thus became the "Boss of the Bosses".

Bitter Sicily, the blood

you gave me is all red.

It's been long since I le' as a boy,

so alone and sad

all around the world.

Mama, your death,

has broken my heart.

But my homeland

you should not abandon me.

But should hold me in your arms,

like mama.

Friends, I thank you with all my heart.

I was a free citizen in America.

I'll be a free citizen in Italy also.

Although, I don't plan to stay there long.

Even if I have to get back through Mexico.

I trust you won't make me

wait me another 9 years.

This is $200,000,

if you need more, just say.

What the f*ck?

Let's not spoil the party.

I'm sorry.

I can't drink.

But you're Italian!

- Yes, I am.

It's OK, he's a paisan!

Yes, I am a paisan. My parents

are from the province of Avellino.

Can I do anything for you?

Your family is in Italy?

I can visit them.

What can I do for you?

Would you like a raise?

Yeah, a promotion..

How can you help me if

you're being deported to Italy?

Don't worry about it.

It's my affairs.


Excuse me, your Excellency,

I was running a little late.

You know, I've been busy.

He's returned to see his native town.

- Yes.

It's her third son to be

killed within the year.


Innocent victim by

a cruel and unscrupulous hand..


Dead by an unholy hand,

leaving a desolate wife..


who sacrificed his life

for the workers' cause and socialism..

The mortal remains of


Innocent victim of a cruel assassin

after 12 days of cruel suffering..


Killed by a cruel and unknown hand..

You're Lucky Luciano'?

Sir, you're not Italian?

Sort of.

- Do you like Naples?

I like the sea.

Go with a spaghetti to the American!

A eet of fishing vessels,

merchant ships and luxury yachts,

armed in Marseille or in Sicily,

cross the Mediterranean

from Tangiers to Beirut,

from Malta to Genoa and Trieste,

under the orders of a Mafia boss.

"A quiet man with sad eyes",

living peacefully in Naples:

Lucky Luciano.

In a few years,

this man created the largest criminal

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Francesco Rosi

Francesco Rosi (15 November 1922 – 10 January 2015) was an Italian film director. His film The Mattei Affair won the Palme d'Or at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival. Rosi's films, especially those of the 1960s and 1970s, often appeared to have political messages. While the topics for his later films became less politically oriented and more angled toward literature, he continued to direct until 1997, his last film being the Primo Levi book adaptation The Truce. At the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival 13 of his films were screened, in a section reserved for film-makers of outstanding quality and achievement. He received the Honorary Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement, accompanied by the screening of his 1962 film Salvatore Giuliano. In 2012 the Venice Biennale awarded Rosi the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. more…

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