GenreCrime, Drama Running time1h 42m ScreenplayLewis John Carlino
Release date1974 WriterLewis John Carlino (screenplay), Nicholas Gage (original story) CastPeter Boyle (Joe), Paula Prentiss (Anne), Fred Williamson (Willy), Rip Torn (Richie), Charles Cioffi (Coletti), Luther Adler (Falco) Similar moviesRun All Night, Let's Be Cops, American Hustle, A History of Violence, Get Shorty, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
TaglineNo killer of the streets ever gave it or got it like Crazy Joe!
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Crazy Joe is a 1974 Italian drama film directed by Carlo Lizzani. It is based on the real life events of Joseph Gallo, a mobster member of the Colombo crime family. The film stars Peter Boyle in the title role, with Paula Prentiss, Fred Williamson, Rip Torn and Eli Wallach. The film is not related in any way to Joe, the 1970 hit film also starring Boyle as a character named Joe.
Hot-tempered gangster Joe Gallo pulls a knife on a man in a theater who complains about Joe's talking during the movie. Joe then gets into a car with his brother Richie and cronies Jelly and Mannie, don masks, pull guns and do a mob hit in a New York restaurant.
Joe and Richie are offended when their boss, Falco, doesn't even invite them into his home, then pays them just $100 each for the job. They crash through the gates of his stately lakeside mansion and take Falco's brother and others prisoner. It is left up to the head of all New York crime families, Don Vittorio, to settle the dispute. Falco agrees to reward Joe and Richie in the future, then double-crosses them, his thugs nearly strangling Richie to death before burying Jelly in cement.
Coletti, who also betrayed Joe and Richie, takes over Falco's operations after the terminally ill Falco dies inside an iron lung. Richie is also ill, suffering from a stomach ailment. His brother "Crazy Joe" is set up, cops catching him red-handed as he tries to extort a merchant. Joe is sent to prison, where he befriends Willy, a black inmate, and helps Willy instigate a prison riot over the prison's unjust conditions. Joe is glad to have a new ally, particularly with the terminally ill Richie committing suicide by driving a car off a cliff.
As soon as Joe gets out of jail, he returns to New York and the woman in his life, Anne, then begins building his crime organization with the help of Willy and Harlem associates. "Crazy Joe" becomes a notorious figure in New York, known for his temper but also for his colorful associations around town.
Joe has a confrontation with Coletti and vows to avenge the betrayal that landed him behind bars. But before he can, Don Vittorio beats him to it. Upset with an Italo-American federation Coletti has organized that attracted unwanted attention to the crime families, Don Vittorio arranges for Coletti to be assassinated at a rally and for Joe to be blamed.
Anne pleads with Joe to leave town, and an angry Willy needs to be convinced that Joe wasn't the one responsible for Coletti's murder. When he and Willy go to Don Vittorio's home to discuss the situation, Joe threatens the mob boss rather than believe his offer to work together. Vittorio immediately puts out a contract on Joe, and at a restaurant where he, Anne and Willy are having dinner, gunmen turn up and open fire, both men ending up dead.