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The Don Is Dead (1973)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  14 November 1973 (USA)
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After his mistress is savagely beaten up a Mafia leader goes after the killer with a bloody vengeance. Soon after the hunt begins, a gang war ensues.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Angelo DiMorra
Tony Fargo
Frank Regalbuto
Vince Fargo
Angel Tompkins ...
Ruby Dunne
Charles Cioffi ...
Luigi Orlando
Jo Anne Meredith ...
Barry Russo ...
Don Aggimio Bernardo (as J. Duke Russo)
Mitch DiMorra
Anthony Charnota ...
Johnny Tresca
Ina Balin ...
Joe Lucci
Giunta (as Frank de Kova)
Don Talusso
Augie the Horse


After his mistress is savagely beaten up a Mafia leader goes after the killer with a bloody vengeance. Soon after the hunt begins, a gang war ensues.

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Power built an empire. Passion destroyed it.


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14 November 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beautiful But Deadly  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



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1.85 : 1
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Some movie posters for the film featured a preamble that said: "In the Fall of 1971, Don Angelo DiMorra began an innocent affair with a beautiful woman. It started the bloodiest carnival of murder in the history of American crime". See more »


Our Last Night
Lyrics by Carol Heather Goldsmith (as Carol Goldsmith)
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
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Mixed bag of effective and flat mob play
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Like quite a few other of the 70's crime dramas that were not classics, but still of more grit and consequence than many of those churned out in the last two decades, this interestingly plotted mob film is a frustrating mix of a really good scene or two followed by a painfully predictable and badly presented one. Anthony Quinn is top billed but largely wasted as the boss whose romantic liaison triggers a war of wills and weapons with some headstrong younger members (led by Robert Forster, Frederic Forrest and Al Lettieri.) Some good action scenes follow, but, like the rest of the film, some of them are quite impressive while others fall flat. A mixed bag, not often seen but worth watching, with limited expectations.

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