January 6, 1972
Imprisoned and fearing assassination by the Mafia after receiving the “kiss of death,” Joe Valachi turns states evidence in order to protect himself. During a series of flashbacks, he tells his life story. We see his rise from street punk to connected insider. Valachi recounts various internal power struggles within the mob, as well as his role in an assortment of criminal acts including murder. One of the first mafia informants in history, he is called to testify during a Senate hearing. The conflict caused by violating his oath of silence and the knowledge that he was set up takes its toll in the end.