Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Inside the American Mob (2013)

Director: Ryan Miller (unkown episodes)

Writer: ???

Composer: ???

Starring: good guys and bad guys

More info: IMDb

Plot:  Documentary film about the Italian Mafia and their organised crime activities in USA, mainly New York, between the '60's to mid '90's. Well documented with plenty of interviews and original footage. Story told by ex-members of Mafia, FBI agents and prosecutors at that time, cops and journalists. It explains how they functioned, the rule of omerta, which five families ruled New York and how; and also how the FBI and US government managed to dismantle them after 30 years of the crime syndicate being untouchable. Listen to what Rudy Giuliani, Joseph D. Pistone aka 'Donnie Brasko' and many others had to say about it.

My rating: 9/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

WOW!!!  I caught this on Netflix streaming and I couldn't stop watching, going through all six episodes (around 270 minutes total) in twelve hours.  It's fascinating.  What you get is a great overview of the height of the NYC Mafia's control from the 1970s through the monumental trail in the 80s that saw a multitude of convictions including the heads of the five families to the continued decimation into the early 90s.  There are countless personal stories of the crime life from those who committed it as well as fantastic tales of how the good guys used their brains to bring them down.  If you're into this sort of thing then this is a must watch, no doubt about it.  Hearing about the 6 years of deep undercover work by Joe Pistone (AKA Donnie Brasco) is more fascinating than the Johnny Depp picture they made.  And what's better is you get to hear it from the man who made one of the biggest contributions to bringing the mob to their knees.  I can't recommend this series enough.   And honestly, I was saddened when I realized there weren't more than 6 episodes.  I just wanted it to keep going.  

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