This is a film about a suit. Not just any suit, mind you, but a sharkskin suit made especially for the Italian Mafia Don. More importantly, this is a film about the tailor who fit him.

"Sharkskin" is the Post War II story of Manhattan born Mike Esposito, a practiced tailor of custom mens clothing; a man of dignity and honor, whose developing involvements with the Italian mob wraps him up in a world of moral dilemma and clashing values.

When Mike's dream of making a suit for the local mafia head, Don Piano, becomes a reality, he unavoidably begins to face the criminal world and its stark contrast with his highly held principles. The pay is lucrative, the prestige grand, but when Mike's son, Sammy, unexpectedly becomes a student of and a participant in the mob's operations, Mike begins to question the effects on his family as a consequence of his accepting the job.

Moreover, when Mike becomes involved with Franki, the beautiful daughter of a local merchant and one of Mike's oldest friends, the laundering Antonio Scutella, who met his end at the hand of the Mafia, the realization that he may be in over his head and jeopardizing his marriage, his life and the security of his family is becoming evermore clear.

Although Mike's family is in strong disapproval of his newly found employment, the draw of the Mafia proves to be too much when Mike's wife, Lilly, accepts a position as Don Piano's new cook under duress from her husband.

Collectively, Mike and his family make an effort to remove themselves from the Mafia and all that encompasses it when it is brought to light that rival Don Crivello has been provoking Don Piano. However, the old adage that, "once you're in, you're in," proves difficult to break.


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