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Fear City: New York vs The Mafia: Season 1 (2020)



Critic Consensus: Compelling interviews and a slick style help Fear City entertain, but those already familiar with the case will find few new insights.


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Throughout the 1970s and '80s, the "Five Families" of the New York mafia--Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese and Luccese--held a powerful, and seemingly insurmountable, grip on the city. In this three-part docuseries from RAW (Don't F**k with Cats) and Brillstein Entertainment, award-winning documentarian Sam Hobkinson details the incredible story of the history-making organized crime investigation and prosecution case brought against New York's most formidable mob bosses. Through interviews with dozens of law enforcement officials, ex-mafia associates and others, FEAR CITY: NEW YORK vs. THE MAFIA sheds light on how the mafia's control of unions, high-rise construction and other industries netted billions for organized crime. Previously unheard surveillance recordings, news footage and archival material alongside new interviews and reenactments paint a shocking and captivating portrait of this "Golden Era of the Mob."

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Critic Reviews for Fear City: New York vs The Mafia: Season 1

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (10)

To tell this story with the scope it requires, "Fear City" would have needed to double its running time at minimum.

July 27, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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It can be a little dry at times, but it's an easy watch, a reminder of how dedicated professionals and breakthroughs in technology can change law and order.

July 22, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The story Hobkinson presents is richer, and far more disturbing, than any that Hollywood storytelling has had to offer.

July 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Keen look into 1980s FBI mafia takedown has foul language.

October 12, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The exciting thing is that, even though it shows little, it shows the first step to defeating the Italian mafia in NY, and tactics used by the feds. [Full review in Spanish]

August 19, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

By the end what feels more shocking is not the power these families had but that anyone was able to bring it to an end.

August 19, 2020 | Full Review…

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