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Honor Thy Father (1973)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  1 March 1973 (USA)
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Story of the rise and fall of the Bonanno organized crime family.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Salvatore (Bill) Bonnano
Joe De Santis ...
Gilbert Green ...
Gaspare de Gregorio
Joe Notario
Felice Orlandi ...
Hank Perrone
Pete Notario (as James S. Sloyan)
Roger De Koven ...
William P. Maloney
Robert Burr ...
Lawyer Kreiger
Carmine Caridi ...
Joseph Campanella ...
Narrator (voice)
Henry Ferrentino


Story of the rise and fall of the Bonanno organized crime family.

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1.33 : 1
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Reportedly, apparently the film was not shown to television critics prior to its premiere broadcast so as to make sure comparisons and differences between the tele-movie and the its source book would not be revealed prior to its debut telecast. See more »


During the scenes set in the early 60s, there are numerous cars visible that are late 60s and early 70s models. See more »

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Well Made TV Movie
29 November 2002 | by (Italia) – See all my reviews

Considering that this was a made for TV movie without a high budget, I was impressed. What carries the movie forward is the great acting. Raf Vallone is one of the best Italian actors in Italian cinema history as any Italian film buff can attest to. He portrays Joseph Bonanno with intensity, emotion, calm demeanor, and gives a well rounded and balanced performance. Vallone must have studied how Mr. Bonanno carried himself in life. It is obvious that he was an honorable person trying to protect his family, and Vallone depicts this perfectly. As for the other actors, they are all veterans of the New York Italian American school of acting: Joseph Bologna and Richard Castellano (of GODFATHER fame) give authentic portrayals of Sal Bonanno and Frank LaBruzzo. They are just so natural and very New York. Apparently they do not even need to act....they are just being themselves. That is why this movie is so realistic and genuine. Sam Coppola (of Saturday Night Fever as Mr. Fusco) and Carmine Caridi (of Prince of the City) also give admirable performances. Overall I rate this movie at 9 out of 10. I recommend it.

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