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The Valachi Papers1972

The Valachi Papers (1972)





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Movie Info

This provocative and violent crime melodrama offers a look into the realities of life in the Mafia as related to a Senate investigating committee by notorious stool pigeon Joseph Valachi. His story spans 32 years in his life as a mafioso.


Charles Bronson
as Joe Valachi
Jill Ireland
as Maria Reina Valachi
Lino Ventura
as Vito Genovese
Joseph Wiseman
as Salvatore Maranzano
Gerald S. O'Loughlin
as FBI Agent Ryan
Amedeo Nazzari
as Gaetano Reina
Guido Leontini
as Tony Bender
Alessandro Sperli
as Giuseppe Masseria
Maria Baxa
as Donna Petrillo
Pupella Maggio
as Rosanna Reina
Fausto Tozzi
as Albert Anastasia
Mario Pilar
as Salerto
Angelo Infanti
as Charles 'Lucky' Luciano
Fred Valleca
as Johnny Beck
John Alarimo
as Steven Ferrigno
Arny Freeman
as Penitentiary Warden
Syl Lamont
as Commander of Fort Monmouth
Imelde Marani
as Donna's Lover
Jason McCallum
as Donald Valachi
Saro Urzì
as Masseria
Frank Gio
as Frank
Antonio Margheriti
as Federal Investigator
Don Koll
as State Trooper
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Critic Reviews for The Valachi Papers

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

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 29, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A satisfying slice of Mafia mayhem.

November 7, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | 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 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Valachi Papers

As a mob history lesson, The Valachi Papers 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 The Godfather or Goodfellas. 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.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Classic Charles Bronson. It doesn't get any better than this. In other words,don't fuck with Chuck.

Mister Caple
Mister Caple

Super Reviewer

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