The European crime melodrama Black Hand is set in America in the early 1900s. A newly arrived Italian immigrant is victimized by an Irish street gang. He goes to La Cosa Nostra for help...the first fatal step towards his own life of crime. The film begins well, showing how the Irish gangs gradually lost ground to the Italians and Sicilians, then adheres strictly to formula. Veteran gangster-flick actor Lionel Stander is top-billed over ostensible star Mike Placido.