Inside the American Mob
Stayin' Alive In The '70s+
In the early 1970s, a hidden empire of crime, violence and power ruled the streets of New York City. The five families of the American mafia ruled, and the family bosses were untouchable. No one admits in public that the organization even existsuntil one boss decides to break the rules. Joe Colombo. Other bosses are content to run their business from behind the scenes, but Colombo wants to take the fight to the FBI. When he does, the results are disastrous for the mob. Meanwhile, a new generation of agents enters the FBI, and theyre not the usual suits. Italian-American guys who grew up in the same neighborhoods as gangsters start working for...
Operation Donnie Brasco+
It is 1978, and American law enforcement is at war with the American mob. But for the first time, the FBI has a real chance to strike back. Their secret weapon, agent Joe Pistone, AKA Donnie Brasco, has infiltrated the Bonnano family and become close with known killers Lefty "Two Guns" Ruggiero and Sonny Black Napoletano. But when boss Carmine Galante is gunned down in broad daylight, Pistones life changes. Hes about to become a made man, but hell have to kill before he receives that honor. Over in the Colombo family, newly made man Michael Franzese is making huge money. Millions. But with big money comes a lot of attention, and he becomes suspicious...
New York-Philly War+
In 1980, the five families of New York City continue to run the American mob with an iron fist and a million scams. But one of the most successful and enduring mob families in America is in Philadelphia, an organized crime operation run by an old school don named Angelo Bruno. In 1980, Bruno is assassinated, and a bloody new era begins. The Genovese family want a cut of the action in the newly booming Atlantic City, and their man on the shore is a ruthless gangster named Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo, who rises through the ranks after Bruno is killed. Phil Testa takes over the Philly family, but, within a year, a bomb detonates on his porch,...
Taking Down The Mob+
It is 1983, and a newly appointed US Attorney in New York City is reading a newly published autobiography in disbelief. The attorney is Rudolph Giuliani, an Italian-American lawyer who grew up in Brooklyn, and the autobiography is the work of none other than Joseph Bonanno, a former boss of one of the five families. Bonannos book unintentionally gives Giuliani the ultimate weapon against the Mob: a beautiful and unmistakable target for a groundbreaking case. If Giuliani can prove the existence of the Mafia Commission and demonstrate how it works, hell be able to take it down. Hell do that using state-of-the-art electronic surveillance and a web...
Rise & Fall of Gotti+
It is 1986, and in the wake of the Commission Case, most of the mafia family bosses are in jail so its every man for himself. But one gangster sees chaos as an opportunity, John Gotti, a Gambino captain with a taste for unbridled violence and a vaulting ambition to rise to power. Gotti has been at odds with the boss of the Gambino family, Paul "Big Paul" Castellano, and other bosses are urging Castellano to kill his upstart capo, but Gotti acts first. Gottis hit squad guns down Big Paul in the streets of New York, and the way is clear for "Dapper Don" Gotti to become head of the Gambino family. But his enemies are everywhere.
It is 1993, and the American mob has reached a low point. The heads of most of the five families have been imprisoned for life, and the families themselves are in disarray, torn apart by violence and suspicion. Yet one family somehow survives these traumas relatively intact: the Bonannos. They attract young recruits like Jimmy Calandra and his circle of friends who become known as the Bath Avenue Crew. Made men in the Mafia are their role models, and the Crew usher in a violent new day where the bloodshed in Brooklyn gets out of hand.
Tales from the American Mob, 1+
Drawing from the six-part series called Inside the American Mob, Global Production Services produces a one-hour of the best stories told by the men who walked that perilous line of life and death within the American Mob. Using the dramatizations originally shot for this program, stories of murder and racketeering are told by those who lived it, From Donnie Brasco to John Gotti, we hear tales from Philadelphia to QueenS.