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  • Actors: Richard Johnson, Lee J. Cobb, Joseph Cotten, John McEnery, Edward Albert
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 260 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JU7JEG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,949 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Origins of the Mafia" on IMDb

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  • The five-part series on two discs

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This provocative and compelling 5-part drama from Granada International Television journeys back more than 400 years to 16th-century Sicily, where the small Italian island has fallen victim to corruption, intimidation, extortion, and brutality, all at the hands of the ruthless Gramignano family. The program then follows the development of succeeding Sicilian Mafiosos, illustrating the limitless power wielded by these fearsome and powerful men, and revealing the merciless atrocities which were carried out on any and all who dared to stand in their way.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Selig on July 10, 2007
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This TV series was run on late night ABC TV in the late seventies under the title "Legend of the Black Hand". Each episode is a separate story and each has a different cast. The series was capitalizing on the Godfather-craze of the times. Acting and production values were good (not great) for the time, and I kept wishing there had been a second series, which to my knowledge there was not. The plots become predictable and by today's standards are almost cliche.
Having said that, for some reason, I remember it fondly.
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Origins of the mafia is a great film if you are interested in the power of omerta.I found all the stories to be pretty good, in fact I find myself watching this series more and more,it's true the more you watch movies the more things you discover in each scene,and you won't be disapointed here either.A great addition to the library of any mafia movie collector.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robin Ferruggia on September 7, 2009
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This is an interesting movie but has no historical accuracy. The Mafia formed to protect Sicilian people. It came to the United States because Sicilian people were being harassed and assaulted and could not get jobs. It was to prevent Sicilian people from getting harmed and abused. That's why the Sicilian people supported the Mafia. Eventually, and unfortunately, it deteriorated into a criminal organization, which is of popular attraction because there are a lot of people who wish they had what appears to be absolute power over others. They get it vicariously by watching movies like The Godfather and The Sopranos, or, in a lighter vein, from following the antics of J.R. Ewing. In Sicily today the government is cracking down on the Mafia. This movie has adventure in it, and Eddie Albert is really handsome, but if you're looking for historical facts, look elsewhere.
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5 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Art Deresh on March 24, 2007
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Forget this one, Bad acting, Bad screenplay. looks like a old 70's TV show

no budget, I wonder what old dungeion they dug this up from. Boring go

no where serius. cheap cheap cheap. All costumes look like they were holloween rentals at a bad mascerade party.
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