Bonanno: A Godfather's Story


2h 35m 1999

Brief Synopsis

An aging Joe Bonanno visits present-day Sicily and reflects on his life. Sent to America to escape Mussolini's fascists, Joe at first struggles to make ends meet as a barber, but then a Mob-connected cousin helps him gain entry into the world of organized crime. Bonanno becomes a successful bootlegg

Film Details

Also Known As
American Mafia, Bonanno: Youngest Godfather, Bound by Honor
Release Date
1999
Location
Sicily, Italy; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Rome, Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 35m

Synopsis

An aging Joe Bonanno visits present-day Sicily and reflects on his life. Sent to America to escape Mussolini's fascists, Joe at first struggles to make ends meet as a barber, but then a Mob-connected cousin helps him gain entry into the world of organized crime. Bonanno becomes a successful bootlegger, despite competition from the ambitious Joe Kennedy. A bloody war between Mob factions wipes out Bonanno's beloved mentor and places the 26-year-old at the head of the Castellamarese crime family. Quickly organizing "The Commission," Joe gains stature by bringing peace and prosperity to the New York Mafia. As the years pass, Bonanno's authority is tested by betrayals within his family, at the hands of the government during WWII, his old foe Joe Kennedy, and his own failing health. He becomes one of the few bosses to retire successfully from a life of organized crime.

Cast

Vito Rezza

Simon Zoah

Bonfield Marcoux

Alessandro Ponti

Jessica Mackenzie

Carlo Antonioni

Nicolas Clarizio

Jean-guy Bouchard

Roger Dunn

Carlo Rota

Lidia Russo

Antonio Cantafora

Jessica Welch

Vittorio Rossi

Robert Balassa

Gino Riccardo Arcaro

Matt Holland

Felice Terriaca

Art Kitching

Michel Perron

Edward James Olmos

Frank Pellegrino

Federico Pacitto

Claudia Besso

Sam Stone

Barry Blake

James Rae

Giancarlo Caltabiano

Carl Caldareri

Gordon Masten

Anik Redburn

Doug Murray

Mariusz Sibiga

Jessica Paré

Roberto Ozores

Raymond Desmarteau

Guido Grasso

Michael Cianciullo

Nazareno Natale

Emiliano Novelli

Daniel Kash

Maria Bugge

Nick Cavaiola

Richard Thouin

Mathieu Courtemanche

Alvaro D'antonio

Norris Domingue

Andrew Campbell

Tony Calabretta

Ben Bass

Emidio Michetti

Guido Piccone

Maurizio Terrazzano

Lou Vani

Luz Tercero

Joseph Mazzello

Harvey Berger

Dean Patrick Fleming

Joe Depaul

Ian Bertrand

Reggi Ettore

Robert Brewster

Pierfrancesco Favino

Frank Crudele

Nino Samaha

Bruno Diquinzio

Guy Kelada

Sig Stabile

Imma Gidaro

Elizabeth Frazio

Manuel Tadros

Gilbert Delasoie

Vincent Sheffield

Luis Molteni

Robert Higden

Marco Delillo

Aldo Tirelli

Karina Aktouf

Robert Loggia

Anna Valeria Dini

Frank Fontaine

Arthur Holden

Ryan Hollyman

Alex Ivanovici

Jean-francois Cloutier

Marie-christine Labelle

Robert Rudman

Luc Bourgeois

Alessandra Borghese

Ilona Utriainen

Mickel Taddeo

Walter Massey

Roc Lafortune

Joseph Muggeo

David Siscoe

Martin Landau

Carole Chatel

Marta Zoffoli

Alexandre Choquette

Silvio Olivero

Tom Wieckowsky

Claudia Ferri

Vito Defilippo

Carlo Berardinnucci

Mark Walker

Domenico Ciccarelli

Dennis St. John

Angelo Leone

Michel Boyer

Domenic Deleo

Michel Albert

Burke Lawrence

Vince Corazza

Costas Mandylor

Vlasta Vrana

Harry Standjofski

Chuck Shamata

Ralph Santostefano

Michael Caruana

Kevin Tierney

Michel Trudel

John Moore

Bob Harding

Dino Valiotis

Tony Nardi

John Ross

Minor Mustain

Carl Alacchi

J P Berger

Joel Miller

Matt Norklun

Alessandro Larocca

Sarah Genest

Patti Lupone

Angelo Pedari

Vincenzo Sanfilippo

Angelo Pellegrino

Giant Gustave Ouimet

Joe Biondi

Patricia Chica

Vittorio Claudio Masciulli

B Martin Sage

Jonathan Higgins

Howard Rosenstein

Franco Zoccali

Daniel Pilon

John Farinacci

Neil Kroetsch

Bruce Ramsay

Mark Camacho

Jack Langedijk

John Vamvas

Tony Chiarelli

Steven Spedicato

Patrice Lalande

Franco Montesano

Romano Orzari

Dom Fiore

Philip Bosco

Jean-guy Chapados

George Evans

Philippe Le Maistre

Richard Robitaille

Crew

Vincent Aird

Assistant Set Decorator

Fabienne April

Costume Department

Serge Archambault

Other

Henri Aubertin

Dresser

Carina Baccanale

Assistant Editor

Verena Baldeo

Production Manager

Serge Beauper

Titles

Edouard Bellegarde

Researcher

Alban Berg

Video

Catherine Berube

Assistant Director

Eric Biglietto

Camera Operator

Isabelle Bismuth

Video

Daniel Bisson

Foley Recordist

Francois Blouin

Assistant

Denis Bois

Dolly Grip

Josée Boisvert

Wardrobe

Bill Bonanno

Book As Source Material

Bill Bonanno

Executive Producer

Joseph Bonanno

Book As Source Material

Rebecca Booth

Dialogue Coach

Jerome Bouchard

Other

Diane Boucher

Adr Supervisor

Virginie Boudreau

Makeup Artist

Lucie Bourgouin

Music

Maurine Boutin

Unit Manager

Paul Boutin

Unit Manager Assistant

Mario Brabant

Grip

Benoir Briere

Visual Effects Supervisor

Monique Brodeir

Sound

Pierre Brunet

Assistant Location Manager

Maria Bugge

Dialect Coach

Tommaso Calevi

Line Producer

Chantal Cardinal

Dresser

Claudine Carpenter

Adr

Marzio Casa

Assistant Director

Lyne Charette

Dresser

Patricia Chica

Casting

Olivier Chouinard

Assistant Director

Daniel Chretien Jr.

Other

Sylvie Clement

Dresser

Francesco Colangeli

Other

Mario Corriveau

Production Accountant

Louis Dandonneau

Art Director

Mario Davignon

Costume Designer

Mathieu Decary

Camera Assistant

Claudio Del Gobbo

Grip

Orielle Del Re

Assistant Costume Designer

Robert Deschane

Adr

Michel Descombes

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Massimiliano Deseena

Dolly Grip

Alain Desmarchais

Key Grip

Massimiliano Dessena

Dolly Grip

Thomas Michael Donnelly

Screenplay

Attila Dory

Photography

Yves Drapeau

Camera Assistant

Genevieve Dufault

Video

Charles Dugas

Assistant Property Master

Francois Dupire

Editor

Louis Dupire

Sound Editor

Sebastian Elias

Titles

Patrick Faille

3-D Animator

Stefano Falivene

Camera Operator

Benoit Fauteaux

Assistant Property Master

Gavin Fernandes

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Gaetan Fluet

Set Production Assistant

Riccardo Folgore

Unit Manager Assistant

Michelle Forest

Set Decorator

Denis Fortier

Camera Assistant

Lucie Fortier

Dialogue Editor

Eric Fortin

Sound

Emmanuelle Fournier

Assistant Set Decorator

Guy Francoeur

Foley Artist

Jean Frenette

Stunt Coordinator

Louise Gagne

Wardrobe

Paul Gagnon

Video

Massimo Gattabrusi

Hair Stylist

Andre Gaumond

Assistant Director

Ivan Gekoff

Camera Operator

Gianni Gentile

Other

Ronald J. Gilbert

Line Producer

Melanie G Gonthier

Other

Charks Granger

3-D Animator

Christian Gravel

Assistant Editor

Richard Gregoire

Music

Fred Grenon

Sound Effects Editor

Mario Grilli

Other

Sal Grimaldi

Adr

Mirta Guarnaschelli

Casting

Eric Guay

Craft Service

Pierre Guerin

Editing

David Hall

Assistant

Daniel Hamelin

Set Decorator

Norman Hamilton

Generator Operator

Johny Harcala

Transportation

Claude Hazanavicius

Sound Recordist

Azmin Jaffer

Assistant Costume Designer

Martine Kazemirchuk-giguere

Assistant Set Decorator

Cynthia Knight

Other

Katherine Koppe

Dresser

Edith Labbe

Camera Assistant

Jose Lacelle

Production Manager

Serge Ladouceur

Director Of Photography

Murielle Laferriere

Casting

Guy Lalande

Production Designer

Sergio Lalli

Book As Source Material

Denis Lamothe

Best Boy

Myriam Landry

Props Buyer

Danielle Lapointe

Assistant Director

Louis Larocque

Generator Operator

Francois Larose

Transportation Coordinator

Helene Lauzon

Sound

Bruno Lemire

Set Production Assistant

Stephane Lestage

Editing

Patrick Lima

Dolly Grip

Ilana Linden

Clearance Coordinator

Marc Lussier

Color Timer

Charles Marchand

Art Department

Simonetta Mariano

Costume Coordinator

Stephano Marino

Gaffer

Gaetan Marsolais

Art Department Coordinator

Julie Mcdonald

Dresser

Ken Meany

Set Decorator

Tommaso Mele

Key Grip

Eleonora Miggliaccio

Hair Stylist

Mauro Misino

Grip

Thierry Morlaas-lurbe

Boom Operator

Renata Moro

Other

Emmanuelle Orange-parent

Video

Valeria Paoloni

On-Set Dresser

Denis Papillon

Editor

Michel Paquette

Other

Louis-martin Paradis

Assistant Editor

Eric Parenteau

Assistant Director

Sally Pattinson

Production Coordinator

Daniel L. Paulson

Executive Producer

Lise Peloquin

Assistant Director

Emilie Perrault

Dresser

Massimo Petrolini

Construction

Diego Plaia

Location Manager

Manuele Plaia

Assistant Director

Stefano Plaia

Production Assistant

Lue Poirier

Other

Pascale Pratte

3-D Animator

Bob Pritchett

Hair Stylist

Pietro Putzu

Generator Operator

Cosma Quaglia

Assistant Director

Colleen Quinton

Makeup Artist

Mario Rachiele

Cgi Artist

Mario Racicot

Assistant Property Master

Philippe Ralet

Editing

Pierre Rancourt

Gaffer

Andre Ratelle

Property Master

Dominique Ricard

Camera Operator

Marc Ricard

Art Director

Elena Poccetto Ricci

Art Director

Alain Richard

On-Line Editor

Pierre Richard

Video

Pierre Riopel

Art Director

Christian Rivest

Sound Effects Editor

Ginette Robitaille

Set Decorator

Bernard Rodrigue

Location Manager

Martin Ross

On-Line Editor

Priscilla Rossi

Assistant Director

Maurice Roy

Camera Operator

Matthieu Roy-decarie

Post-Production Supervisor

Salvatore Ruberto

Gaffer

Bruno Ruffolo

Adr

Giulla Saccucci

Accountant

Franco M Salamon

Stunt Coordinator

Franco M Salamon

Special Effects

Yanie Salvas

Production Coordinator

Gloria Saya

Assistant Director

Berrilla Silvestrin

Dresser

Marco Spoletini

Casting

Jean-pierre St Louis

Camera Operator

Robert Stetco

Camera Operator

Stefania Svizzeretto

Assistant Costume Designer

Nicole Theoret

Editing

Louise Theriault

Script Supervisor

Kevin Tierney

Producer

Tami Treadwell

Adr

Vivianne Vallee

Art Department Coordinator

Antonio Vidosa

Special Effects Coordinator

Matteo Von Normann

Unit Manager

Alice Wright

Dialogue Editor

Film Details

Also Known As
American Mafia, Bonanno: Youngest Godfather, Bound by Honor
Release Date
1999
Location
Sicily, Italy; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Rome, Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 35m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video January 18, 2000

Aired in United States July 25, 1999

Aired in United States July 26, 1999

Based on 40 hours of taped conversations with Joseph Bonanno, age 94, who became the youngest Mafia don at the age of 24.

Previous title: "American Mafia."

Began shooting August 16, 1998.

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