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The Death Collector (1976)

Neighborhood kid goes to work for the Mafia as a debt collector.

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Ralph De Vito

Writer:

Ralph De Vito
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Cortese ... Jerry Bolanti (as Joseph Cortese)
Lou Criscuolo Lou Criscuolo ... Anthony Iadavia (as Lou Criscuola)
Joe Pesci ... Joe
Bobby Alto Bobby Alto ... Serge
Frank Vincent ... Bernie Feldshuh
Keith Davis Keith Davis ... Matley
Jack Ramage Jack Ramage ... Herb Greene
Anne Johns Anne Johns ... Paula
Bob D'Andrea Bob D'Andrea ... Ned
Victoria Hale ... Sally
Frank Ammirati Frank Ammirati ... Spinoza
Gino Gennaro Gino Gennaro ... Chuck
Floyd Levine ... Kruger
Sal La Pera Sal La Pera ... Gus
Richard Ward ... Gunsmith
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After being away for a couple of years, Jerry Bolanti is back in his tough, North Jersey neighborhood, close to swampy meadowlands where bodies get pulled from the trunks of cars and dumped. He's short on cash, so a local boss, Anthony Iadavia, throws him some work - as a collector and a holdup man. But Jerry's cocky and a hothead, so he makes enemies faster than he can deliver on the jobs. Whatever bag or case of cash he touches doesn't seem to make it back to Iadavia. But Jerry's resilient and persistent, so he just may get his revenge as well as a chance to go caravan camping with his girl. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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JERRY BOLANTE isn't afraid of anyone or anything. He's young, street-smart, tough, with a fierce raw sexual energy ... He's MAFIA! See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Family Enforcer See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA

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CDS Management See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Title later changed and now found for viewing under the title "FAMILY ENFORCER". See more »

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Send Me Some Loving
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A very accurate depiction of small time mob life...
11 June 2001 | by endem-1See all my reviews

A very accurate depiction of small time mob life filmed in New Jersey. The story, characters and script are believable but the acting drops the ball. Still, it's worth watching, especially for the strong images, some still with me even though I first viewed this 25 years ago.

A young hood steps up and starts doing bigger things (tries to) but these things keep going wrong, leading the local boss to suspect that his end is being skimmed off, not a good place to be if you enjoy your health, or life.

This is the film that introduced Joe Pesce to Martin Scorsese. Also present is that perennial screen wise guy, Frank Vincent. Strong on characterizations and visuals. Sound muddled and much of the acting is amateurish, but a great story.


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