Anthony LaPaglia (Riviera, Without a Trace) and KimCoates (Sons of Anarchy) star in a gritty new thriller based on the true story of notorious Mafia boss, Vito Rizzuto. Written by Simon Barry (Van Helsing, Continuum) and Michael Konyves (Barney's Version), this suspenseful six-part series is directed by Alain Desrochers (Security, Nitro Rush).Before Vito Rizzuto was jailed for the murders of three Bonanno crime family members in 2006, he ruled the Port of Montreal -the northern gateway to America's drugs market. A master diplomat, he won the respect of rival Mafia clans and street gangs. Ably supported by his first lieutenant Declan (Coates), his criminal business thrived on his turf, his family prospered and his empire grew until he found himself behind bars. This hard-hitting new drama follows the incredible story of his incarceration and release. Languishing in prison, Rizzuto (LaPaglia) watches on helplessly as the burgeoning criminal empire he built slowly begins to crumble and his family and closest friends are mysteriously murdered one by one. Desperate to fight back, Rizzuto can't wait for his release and when he finally walks free, an epic Shakespearean revenge plays out, which devastating consequences for everyone involved. Telling the story of one of North America's most infamous underworld figures, Bad Blood is inspired by organised crime experts Peter Edwards and Antonio Nicaso's bestselling book, "Business or Blood: Mafia Boss Vito Rizzuto's Last War".
Alleged leading boss of the Sicilian Ma a in Canada, Montreal crime boss Vito Rizzuto was head of a veritable corporate empire. By building peace between rival gangs, by brokering arrangements and pro t sharing, by forging relationships with individuals in government, Vito became the poster child for the modern underworld and nobody, not even the police, wanted him to fail. Vito’s imprisonment in 2006, for charges 18 years before, left a void in leadership that was not easily filled. (Died in 2013)
Despite his Irish roots, Declan was fostered into Vito’s gang and rose through the ranks thanks to his loyalty and fearlessness. In an attempt to keep his son out of the family business, Vito chose Declan to be his right-hand man, and he quickly became Vito’s closest advisor and sounding board. Following Vito’s arrest, Declan became his eyes and ears on the outside; speaking and acting on his behalf. After a taste of true power, can Declan quietly step aside again when Vito is released from prison? (Fictional)
A former Ma a boss who has been succeeded by his son, Nicolò is mild-mannered but shrewd. Born in Sicily, he is a typical Italian patriarch, valuing family above all else. Coming to Montreal from New York City, he began his Canadian Ma a career as an associate of the Cotroni crime family. They controlled much of Montreal’s drug trade and answered to the Bonanno family. Nicolò has seen a thing or two in his day, and in matters of business, his word is highly valued. (Killed in 2010)
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