NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 06, 1979
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(Studio) Report said update on organized crime in movie industry Earlier reports on same subject recalled, particularly with regard to film, "The Brink's Job", made in Boston. Investigations into subject by grand juries in Boston and Miami noted.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch
(Boston, Massachusetts) Interview with famous Hollywood film producer said granted on condition producer remain anonymous due to fears after alleged threat from Teamsters official on movie location. [PRODUCER - discusses alleged threat.] Film producers' claims Teamsters use violence threats in movie ind. reported Info. with regard to grand jury probe of reported Teamster extortion and labor law violations involving movie, "Black Sunday", and other films and TV ads made in Florida noted. Photo of "Black Sunday" scene shown. Fed. investigators' reports about Teamsters involvement in making of film "Empire of the Ants" detailed; scenes from film, courtesy American International Pictures, shown. [Teamster spokesperson Bernard HENDERSON - says union doesn't condone illegal activity.] Boston grand jury probe of organized crime involvement in movie industry reported; producer Dino de Laurentiis role noted. Earlier Segment 3 on making of movie "The Brink's Jobs" product in Boston, and de Laurentiis' comments at time recalled; producer's later claims that comments were taken out of context stated. [DE LAURENTIIS - refuses to talk to reporter; says reporter knows why.] Some federal authorities' beliefs that "Brink's Job" was victim of extortion by Teamsters and mob figs. stated; other federal authorities said investigating de Laurentiis. Probes by United States officials with regard to de Laurentiis' activities in Rome and Los Angeles described. Questions with regard to relationship between mob figure Dino Conti and de Laurentiis given; Conti said to be associated with Genovese Mafia family in NYC, accord to federal authorities. Details about film of Conti given. Investigations cited to be 1st of kind since Hollywood labor racketeering cases of 1940's.
REPORTER: Brian Ross Artist: Fred Kraus