Pay or Die!

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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.

  1. Richard Collins


  2. Richard Wilson


  3. Bertram Millhauser


Top Billed Cast

  1. Ernest Borgnine

    Ernest Borgnine

    Police Lt. Joseph Petrosino

  2. Zohra Lampert

    Zohra Lampert

    Adelina Saulino

  3. Alan Austin

    Johnny Viscardi

  4. Renata Vanni

    Renata Vanni

    Mama Saulino

  5. Bruno Della Santina

    Papa Saulino

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Status Released

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  • July 27, 1960


Original Language English

Runtime 1h 51m

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