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The Last Don (1997)

TV Mini-Series  |  R  |   |  Crime, Drama
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Sprawling Mario Puzo novel about an Italian family of gangsters draws the inevitable comparison to "The Godfather", but does find its own direction. Headed by Don Domenico Clericuzio, the ... See full summary »

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Complete series cast summary:
 Don Domenico Clericuzio (3 episodes, 1997)
 Dante Clericuzio (3 episodes, 1997)
 Rose Marie Clericuzio (3 episodes, 1997)
 Giorgio Clericuzio (3 episodes, 1997)
 Petie Clericuzio (3 episodes, 1997)
 Vincent Cleriuzio (3 episodes, 1997)
 Pippi De Lena (2 episodes, 1997)
 Athena Aquitane (2 episodes, 1997)
 Cross De Lena (2 episodes, 1997)
 Bobby Bantz (2 episodes, 1997)
 Dita Tommey (2 episodes, 1997)
 Alfred Gronevelt (2 episodes, 1997)
 Virginio Ballazzo (2 episodes, 1997)
 Skippy Deere (2 episodes, 1997)
 Claudia De Lena (2 episodes, 1997)
 Jim Losey (2 episodes, 1997)
 Lia Vazzi (2 episodes, 1997)
Diane D'Aquila ...
 Sophia Ballazzo (2 episodes, 1997)
Chloe Clifford ...
 Bethany Aquitane (2 episodes, 1997)
 Clericuzio Soldier (2 episodes, 1997)


Sprawling Mario Puzo novel about an Italian family of gangsters draws the inevitable comparison to "The Godfather", but does find its own direction. Headed by Don Domenico Clericuzio, the family executes a rival gang on the night of the Don's daughter's wedding, including her new husband, the son of his rival. Unfortunately the daughter gets pregnant and the repercussions of the night drift into the future. Spanning 1964-1985, the film jumps forward with the growing up of the grandson who has grown ruthless and scheming. A co-rival in the family is a nephew who has been raise to take his father's place in the family as a hitman and has established his place by assassinating a man who killed a Senator's daughter. However, he is proven to not be ruthless enough and moves into the family's casino business in Vegas. When the nephew falls in love with a beautiful actress, everything is set in place for the grandson to set up a coupe to take over the family. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Power Isn't Everything... It's The Only Thing.


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

11 May 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mario Puzo's The Last Don  »

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The score was recorded at Paramount Studios with a 75-piece orchestra. A smaller orchestra of about 40 recorded additional music at Capitol Studios, Hollywood. The score was orchestrated conducted by Roger Bellon. See more »


There is a scene which has Dante relaxing in a bathtub with his head propped against a pillow. However, Dante's head only rests against the pillow during the close ups, anytime the camera pulls away for a wide shot the pillow is resting behind Dante's head on the edge of the bathtub. See more »


Followed by The Last Don II (1998) See more »

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Mario Puzo is truly a genius
21 May 2003 | by (Morehead City, NC) – See all my reviews

Maybe not as good as the Godfather, but a great movie nonetheless. The only negative I have to say is that it was sooooo long. I guess that's why it was a mini-series on TV instead of in theaters. I'm looking forward to checking out the sequel this weekend.

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