Pay or Die! (1960)

A beautifully rendered, fact-based crime film about a crusading Italian policeman battling Black Hand extortionists in New York’s Little Italy is back on the big screen. In addition to Ernest Borgnine’s brilliantly sensitive portrayal as Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino, this engrossing picture is deftly photographed by Lucien Ballard, beautifully scored by David Raksin with a stellar supporting cast including Zohra Lampert and Alan Austin. Literate, suspenseful and emotionally moving, this memorable film remains the definitive depiction about the emergence of the Mafia in America.

Directing:
  • Richard Wilson

Writing:
  • Richard Collins
  • Bertram Millhauser

Stars:
Release Date: 1960-07-27
themoviedb icon 6.8/10
  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 111
Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgni...
Police Lt. Joseph Petrosino
Zohra Lampert
Zohra Lampert
Adelina Saulino
Renata Vanni
Renata Vanni
Mama Saulino
Robert F. Simon
Robert F. Sim...
Police Commissioner
Robert Ellenstein
Robert Ellens...
Luigi Di Sarno
Barry Russo
Barry Russo
Lupo Miano (as John Duke)
Vito Scotti
Vito Scotti
Officer Simonetti
John Marley
John Marley
D. Caputo, Ragman
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