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Blood Ties (1986)

Il cugino americano (original title)
An innocent American engineer is blackmailed by gangsters into a plot to assassinate his cousin, who is a judge in Sicily fighting the Mafia.

Director:

Giacomo Battiato

Writers:

Corrado Augias (screenplay), Giacomo Battiato (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Davis ... Julian Salina
Tony Lo Bianco ... Judge Guiliano Salina
Vincent Spano ... Mark Ciuni
Barbara De Rossi ... Louisa Masseria
Arnoldo Foà ... Vincenzo Ammirati
Angelo Infanti Angelo Infanti ... Romano
Delia Boccardo ... Sara Salina
Ricky Tognazzi ... Riccardo
Michael V. Gazzo ... Joseph Salina
Maria Conchita Alonso ... Caterina Ammirati
Joe Spinell ... Joey, New York Goon #1
James Andronica James Andronica ... Jimmy, New York Goon #2
Anita Bartolucci Anita Bartolucci ... Louisa's Secretary
Loris Bazzocchi Loris Bazzocchi ... Umberto
Calogero Buttà Calogero Buttà ... Tony
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Storyline

An innocent American engineer is blackmailed by gangsters into a plot to assassinate his cousin, who is a judge in Sicily fighting the Mafia.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

14 December 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood Ties See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TV) | (edited)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Alternate Versions

Originally developed as a four-hour miniseries for Italian TV; released theatrically at 120 minutes and later shortened to 98 minutes for video. See more »

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A great movie, but must be watched in the full, non-cut version !
2 May 2010 | by magnet03See all my reviews

This is a wonderful movie if you have the chance to see the long, non-cut version. In the short version many important scenes are cut out and the movie loses basic background-information, the story seems a bit violent and only "runs" through to the end. But the non-cut version is a sensational movie, especially if you have an interest for Italy and Italian mentality. It really gives a deep insight into the Mafia-world of Sicily, provides solid stories behind the crime and furthermore, highlights a sensational appearance of Vincent Spano as Mark Ciuni. He gives an outstanding performance and dominates the movie. I was deeply impressed by the way he played Mark Ciuni, especially towards the end when his character became more and more difficult to portray. I received the 3 videos on a Saturday and originally planned to start with the 1st one and watch the 2nd the next day.....what can I say, I couldn't stop watching and so I started around 8 pm on Saturday and finished around midnight after having watched all tapes completely. 10 stars for the story and another 10 for Vincent Spano's sensational job.


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