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Directed by Antonio Racioppi (it)
Music by Carlo Rustichelli
Initial release 1973
Music director Carlo Rustichelli
Producer Carlo Infascelli
Produced by Carlo Infascelli
Cinematography Riccardo Pallottini
Director Antonio Racioppi
Story by Carlo Infascelli
|Screenplay by Vincio Marinucci
Starring Lionel Stander Rosanna Fratello Michele Placido Corrado Gaipa
Cast Michele Placido, Lionel Stander, Rosanna Fratello, Corrado Gaipa
Similar The Bloody Hands of the Law, Long Lasting Days, Processo per direttissima, Il caso Pisciotta, Tomato
The Black Hand (The Birth of the Mafia) (Italian: La mano nera) is a 1973 Italian crime film written and directed by Antonio Racioppi and starring Lionel Stander, Rosanna Fratello and Michele Placido.
Italian-American cop Joe Petrosino infiltrates the Mafia in turn of the 20th century New York.
Luigi Cozzi, one of the nine credited screenwriters on the film that producer Carlo Infascelli wanted to change the script depending on the actors demands. For example, Cozzi claims that Infascelli was had changed because Phillipe Leroy told him he desired some changes. Cozzi noted that he was phoned by Infascelli and was told to change the scenes per Leroy's demands within 24 hours. Cozzi noted he was often phoned and told to find reasons and ways things changed.
The Black Hand was released in Italy on March 16, 1973 where it was distributed theatrically by Roma Film. The film grossed 230.363 million Italian lira on its theatrical run.
In 2017, Paramount announced that it has acquired the movie rights for an English language adaptation. The new film, due for release in 2018, will star Leonardo DiCaprio as Joe, and will be partly based on Stephan Talty's upcoming novelization of Petrosino's assassination.