From Corleone to Brooklyn / Da Corleone a Brooklyn (1979)

2.5 out of 5

When a mobster Michele Barresi played by guapparia and Alfonso Brescia movie regular Mario Merola leaves Corleone for America he is convinced that he is untouchable but immediately rouses the suspicions of the police because of his false documents. On advice of his lawyer he hands himself in to the authorities unaware that there is a witness to a murder in which he was implicated.

In this Umberto Lenzi directed transcontinental Eurocrime Maurizio Merli is again in tough commissioner mode though admittedly with less gritted teeth and a more broader emotional range than his Commissario Betti character from Roma violenta. He has to run a gauntlet to get a witness from Sicily to New York.

The witness, played by Biagio Pelligra, is dubbed by Nick Alexander whose voice will be familiar to English speaking fans of Italian genre film as his name is associated with so many well known genre films from Inglorious Bastards to Zombie Flesh eaters.

As a historical record the footage from the market in the narrow streets of Palermo is facinating as is a segment in New York where we see the marquees of a number of 42nd Street cinemas showing titles such as The Warriors, The Choirboys and The Wiz.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics