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 LT discussion point #9 The mob and movies
Karen
Posted: Apr 16 2009, 07:18 AM


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At least Mr. Depp did not give us a severed horse head. LOL But he did provide a look inside another industry with ties to organized crime.

He gave us Richie Stella and Salvatore Locatelli.

What are your thoughts about this part of the story line?


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Posted: Apr 16 2009, 10:31 AM


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I was actually surprised at first (naive?) but it made perfect sense, and it made the book juicy and gave it that edge of always having to look over your shoulder to see what's lurking.

You do not mess with Locatelli--there's that honor thing that Stella seemed to lack.


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Posted: Apr 16 2009, 02:29 PM


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I agree with Arnelle.
Having organized crime involved added to the suspense.
Makes you kind of wonder though just how much they really are involved in financing or whatever, in the movie industry.


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Posted: Apr 16 2009, 03:30 PM


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I think there's sadly, more involvement than we'd be comfortable knowing about or D Depp wouldn't have added it. unsure.gif


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Posted: Apr 16 2009, 07:24 PM


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I think you are right, but for some reason I never made that connection before. DUH. The book really opened my eyes!


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I wasn't surprised about mafia involvement with the industry---I think it goes back to the Frank Sinatra/Dean Martin mafia involvement which The Godfather touched on all those years ago. Plus, look at the drug business, Vegas and I believe horse racing---they're out there and powerful, just more sophistated......IMO



-Donna


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QUOTE (amp @ Apr 16 2009, 08:24 PM)
I think you are right, but for some reason I never made that connection before. DUH. The book really opened my eyes!

Me too, sometimes I don't know if we wanted out eyes opened THAT much. unsure.gif


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QUOTE (herestoyou @ Apr 16 2009, 08:29 PM)
I wasn't surprised about mafia involvement with the industry---I think it goes back to the Frank Sinatra/Dean Martin mafia involvement which The Godfather touched on all those years ago. Plus, look at the drug business, Vegas and I believe horse racing---they're out there and powerful, just more sophistated......IMO



-Donna

I think it's probably everywhere there's $$$$


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The mob involvement to me was the "cement" that held the story together-like Karen said where there is money one will find the mob and which makes me ponder the relationship between the mob and the different levels of government-not a point of discussion here but it still entere my mind. smile.gif Anne r
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I agree Karen & Anne---and I agree with you Anne about mob involvement in other areas as well....

-Donna


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QUOTE (herestoyou @ Apr 16 2009, 07:29 PM)
I wasn't surprised about mafia involvement with the industry---I think it goes back to the Frank Sinatra/Dean Martin mafia involvement which The Godfather touched on all those years ago. Plus, look at the drug business, Vegas and I believe horse racing---they're out there and powerful, just more sophistated......IMO



-Donna

Actually the mob controlled a great deal of the city government and police force of Los Angeles in the '50s and '60s.
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