Crazy Joe (1974)

R | 99-100 mins | Drama | 1974

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HISTORY

The Summary for this unviewed film was derived from contemporary reviews.
       According to a 2 May 1973 Var news item, the screenplay for Crazy Joe was based on NYT reporter Nicholas Gage’s articles on the “Mafia wars,” and contemporary reviews of the film, including the 6 Feb 1974 Var and 16 Feb 1974 NYT reviews, suggested that Peter Boyle’s character, “Crazy Joe,” was modeled specifically after famous Mafia figure Joseph Gallo.
       Filming began 25 Jun 1973, as announced in a DV news brief on the same date, and shooting took place entirely in New York City, according to a 17 Oct 1973 Var item.
       On the film’s first day of release in New York City, a 15 Feb 1974 DV reported that Barry Slotnick, a lawyer for Mafia member Joseph Colombo, Sr., intended to file an injunction against Crazy Joe, claiming that the character “Coletti” was based on Colombo and therefore violated his “right of privacy.” At the time, Colombo was comatose, having been shot in the head at “an Italian-American Unity Day rally in Columbus Circle in June, 1971.” A 26 Feb 1974 DV news brief reported that a New York Supreme Court judge ruled against the injunction, having determined that Crazy Joe was not an invasion of Colombo’s ... More Less

The Summary for this unviewed film was derived from contemporary reviews.
       According to a 2 May 1973 Var news item, the screenplay for Crazy Joe was based on NYT reporter Nicholas Gage’s articles on the “Mafia wars,” and contemporary reviews of the film, including the 6 Feb 1974 Var and 16 Feb 1974 NYT reviews, suggested that Peter Boyle’s character, “Crazy Joe,” was modeled specifically after famous Mafia figure Joseph Gallo.
       Filming began 25 Jun 1973, as announced in a DV news brief on the same date, and shooting took place entirely in New York City, according to a 17 Oct 1973 Var item.
       On the film’s first day of release in New York City, a 15 Feb 1974 DV reported that Barry Slotnick, a lawyer for Mafia member Joseph Colombo, Sr., intended to file an injunction against Crazy Joe, claiming that the character “Coletti” was based on Colombo and therefore violated his “right of privacy.” At the time, Colombo was comatose, having been shot in the head at “an Italian-American Unity Day rally in Columbus Circle in June, 1971.” A 26 Feb 1974 DV news brief reported that a New York Supreme Court judge ruled against the injunction, having determined that Crazy Joe was not an invasion of Colombo’s privacy.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
4 Feb 1974
p. 4661.
Daily Variety
25 Jun 1973.
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Daily Variety
15 Feb 1974.
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Daily Variety
26 Feb 1974.
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Hollywood Reporter
27 Jun 1973.
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Hollywood Reporter
29 Jun 1973
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Oct 1973
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Feb 1974
p. 4, 24.
Los Angeles Times
6 Mar 1974
Section IV, p. 14.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
13 Feb 1974
p. 76.
New York
18 Feb 1974.
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New York Times
16 Feb 1974
p. 36.
Time
11 Mar 1974
p. 80.
Variety
2 May 1973.
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Variety
17 Oct 1973.
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Variety
6 Feb 1974
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Based on a story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost des
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit pub
In charge of prod
DETAILS
Release Date:
1974
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 15 February 1974
Los Angeles opening: 1 March 1974
Production Date:
25 June--mid October 1973 in New York City
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
Copyright Date:
15 February 1974
Copyright Number:
LP49228
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
99-100
MPAA Rating:
R
Countries:
Italy, United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Crazy Joe and his brother Richie are mafia henchmen in a territory controlled by Falco. However, when Falco does not pay them enough for a murder they were hired to commit, they defect from Falco’s organization. Crazy Joe eventually is convicted for extortion and sentenced to eight years in prison. While incarcerated, Crazy Joe reads existentialist novels and bonds with black prisoners. In the meantime, Richie, still on the streets, commits suicide. Upon his release from prison, Crazy Joe teams up with a former prison mate, Willy, and together they seek revenge on the mafia family with whom Crazy Joe was once associated. However, Crazy Joe is shot down in a restaurant after attempting to kill mafia boss Don Vittorio. ... +


Crazy Joe and his brother Richie are mafia henchmen in a territory controlled by Falco. However, when Falco does not pay them enough for a murder they were hired to commit, they defect from Falco’s organization. Crazy Joe eventually is convicted for extortion and sentenced to eight years in prison. While incarcerated, Crazy Joe reads existentialist novels and bonds with black prisoners. In the meantime, Richie, still on the streets, commits suicide. Upon his release from prison, Crazy Joe teams up with a former prison mate, Willy, and together they seek revenge on the mafia family with whom Crazy Joe was once associated. However, Crazy Joe is shot down in a restaurant after attempting to kill mafia boss Don Vittorio. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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