Crime Boss / I familiari delle vittime non saranno avvertiti (1972)

1.0 out of 5

An unfortunate pitfall of watching any amount of Eurocrime is that one is occasionally exposed to the various works of actor Antonio Sabato. Sadly Crime Boss represents one such occasion, and he's even brought along a dodgy moustache, but the blame for this dreary, pedestrian effort can't be placed solely at his door.

Helmed by Alberto de Martino, a director capable of much better, the telling of this Scarface-esque tale is workmanlike in every aspect and the consequent lack of any sense of immediacy, or even a half-decent action setpiece, means that the film never fails to disappoint. The presence of international star Telly Savalas and a jazzy and occasionally wistful score from Francesco De Masi just aren't enough save it from looking and feeling like the bargain basement quickie it is, although future sleaze-meister Aristide Massaccesi's cinematography is pleasing on the odd occasion.

The film is also known as New Mafia Boss and, more amusingly, The Mafia Terminator.

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