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The traitor

The traitor

DVD - 2020 | Italian
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Rating: R; for violence, sexual content, language and brief graphic nudity.
The real life of Tommaso Buscetta, the so-called "boss of the two worlds," the first mafia informant in Sicily in the '80s.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2020].
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (150 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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greatflicks
Mar 11, 2021

Impossible for us to enjoy because it is not in English. We do not want to read the movie we want to listen to what the actors say. What I read about this film interest me enough that I wanted to watch it. No way can you enjoy it when everything said is in Italian. Their should be more warning that this movie is not done in English. Foreign movies should have it in big print so people like us can stay away from them. With so many good movies done in English why would someone waist their time with a movie they cannot understand without reading it.

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BBQ_Chick
Dec 06, 2020

This was the best Italian movie I've ever seen and better than any Godfather movie because the cast was all Italian and the acting was great. There was a car explosion scene from a unique angle. I had to watch it twice. Buscetta, played by Favino, not only can he act, but he can sing too. He won the Italian David di Donatello Award for best actor for this film. His wife in the film, Brazilian actress Maria Fernanda Candido, looks like a cross between the Mona Lisa and Sofia Loren. The court room scenes are unforgettable. "It's not called the Mafia, it's la Cosa Nostra."

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TubinLouie
Nov 08, 2020

The Traitor - Mafia Clan movie about the person who turned over MANY of the big bosses. I liked this movie. Very Godfather-ish.

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BBRUTTIG
Sep 30, 2020

A TRUE STORY. A very good mafiaoso movie. Semi picks up from the Godfather movies . Bloody & graphic.

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jimg2000
Sep 06, 2020

An interesting and extraordinary life of a pentito - Tommaso Buscetta. Told somewhat like The Valachi Papers (1972) with Charles Bronson. The film begins with a gathering of the Sicilian mafia bosses in a wedding, followed by the countdown of assassinations and Buscetta's 1972 arrest in Brazil. The rest of the film shows why Buscetta agrees to become an informant, the inner workings of the Cosa Nostra, the epic trials and convictions of the crime bosses. It also describes the Italian court system, witness protection program and the continual violence during and after the trial.

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SAPL454
Jul 24, 2020

Based on true events, this movie is exhilarating in action and story-line.

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jimg2000
Sep 06, 2020

On screen intro text at the beginning of the film:

September 4, 1980
Palermo, Saint Rosalia's day, Cosa Nostra bosses meet at Stefano Bontade's villa. Palermo is the world capital of heroin. The old Palermo mafia and the new Corleone clan meet to divvy up the heroin trade, thus avoiding another mafia war. The fugitive Tommaso Buscetta,"boss of two worlds", is also present. As a simple "soldier", he can not participate in the meeting, but he has influence with Bontade, head of the Palermo Alliance. Buscetta attends with his third wife Christina and children from his previous marriages.
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The trappings of the Italian Witness Program, P1 of 2:
Did you receive financial aid from the state for collaborating?
-I began collaborating in 1984 and I received the first financial aid in 1992.
In 1988, you received nothing?
- Yes.
You contradict yourself. Then, how much?
- We received...

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jimg2000
Sep 06, 2020

We?
-I received 200 million lire to help my family.
200 million, does that not seem like financial assistance?
-Yes.
Do you currently undertake any remunerative activity?
-None.
So, what are your sources of income, your livelihood?
- The state.
The state? And the income you receive, allows you to take cruises with your wife, to sing and dance?
(Showing a photo of the couple on a cruise singing and dancing.)
-The cruise has nothing to do with the aid the government gives me. It's from other proceeds.
Excuse me, what are they?
-Writing books.
So you paid for the cruise with your own money?
-Yes, with my own money.
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And 20 million for plastic surgery with Dr. Barzi, who paid for that? The state doesn't give you all this money to lie.
-But I'm not lying, I'm trying to tell things as they are.

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