Maurizio Merli takes on the mafia: FROM CORLEONE TO BROOKLYN review

In Umberto Lenzi’s cult classic From Corleone To Brooklyn, tough guy Maurizio Merli plays the usual mustached Italian cop, and this time he must bring a witness from Italy to New York to testify against a mob boss. But the mafia sets up a series of traps along the way… I doubt that Eurocrime fans will regret seeing this film. It doesn’t do anything that other Italian crime films didn’t do before it, but it’s entertaining, rough round the edges and the late, great Maurizio Merli is nothing short of spectacular; The man goes round beating up bad guys in style, and the relationship between Maurizio and the witness is developed nicely.

Maurizio Merli  played unorthodox cops many times – of different names, but basically the same character, and he was always great at it, and there’s one thing that this big, blonde action hero could always be counted on for doing: kicking ass. He has filled our lives with some of the greatest cop movies ever made, such as Violent Naples and Violent Rome, all of which involve him beating up criminals in the name of the law, and he deserves much more credit than just “the Franco Nero Wannabe”. Director Umberto Lenzi is the king of Eurocrime. He worked in a lot of different genres, and while he had success with Giallo, zombie and cannibal movies, it’s clear after seeing From Corleone To Brooklyn that his Eurocrime films from the mid-to-late 70s is where he is at his absolute best.

From Corleone To Brooklyn
(“Da Corleone a Brooklyn”)
Release year: 1979
Country: Italy
Director: Umberto Lenzi
Stars: Maurizio Merli, Mario Merola, Van Johnson
In Umberto Lenzi's cult classic From Corleone To Brooklyn, tough guy Maurizio Merli plays the usual mustached Italian cop, and this time he must bring a witness from Italy to New York to testify against a mob boss. But the mafia sets up a series of traps along the way... I doubt that Eurocrime fans will regret seeing this film. It doesn't do anything that other Italian crime films didn't do before it, but it's entertaining, rough round the edges and the late, great Maurizio Merli is nothing short of spectacular; The man goes round beating up bad guys in style, and the relationship between Maurizio and…

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