With crime movies from two eras — 1953’s Pickup on South Street and 1990’s Miller’s Crossing — both released on video this week, it’s clear that cinematic crime has an enduring allure. And no one, it seems, pays closer attention to crime movies than criminals themselves. Real-life gangsters ”are definitely fascinated by the movies and go to them repeatedly,” according to G. Robert Blakey, a Notre Dame Law School professor who specializes in organized crime. ”The Godfather is something you have to see if you’re in the mob.” Ever since George Raft, in fact, gangland films have affected how hoods act. In one recent case, a Queens, N.Y., drug lord named Thomas Mickens decided to go by the nickname ”Tony Montana” (the lead character played by Al Pacino in the 1983 remake of Scarface). Before his 1989 conviction for drug conspiracy, money laundering, and tax evasion, Mickens/Montana had purchased 18 cars valued at $556,000, a total of 16 properties, many carrying the ”Montana” moniker (including Montana Sporting Goods), a VCR — and two copies of Scarface.
Posted April 5 1991 — 12:00 AM EST
- Neve Campbell 'devastated' by Wes Craven's death
- 'Faking It' boss previews season 2B: New faces, dynamics, and that upcoming Karmy kiss
- Andy Grammer joins 'Dancing With the Stars'
- Liam Hemsworth to guest star on ABC's 'The Muppets'
- The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde criticized for victim-blaming comments
- Wes Craven's in-development TV projects will continue 'in his honor and spirit'
- What's new on Netflix for September
- VMAs 2015 Red Carpet: See All the Looks!
- 16 TV characters who stuck around longer than expected
- Behind Lady Gaga's killer look in 'American Horror Story: Hotel'
- 'American Horror Story: Hotel' First Look: 11 EW exclusive photos
- 17 photos of people you forgot hung out at the VMAs
- Khloé & Kris, Elsa & Chris, Rihanna and More!