The Last Don (1997)

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

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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 »

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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 »

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Immensely surprising
11 December 2005 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

I am not really a Gangster-movie/ series fanatic. It took me forever and a day to finally see The Godfather, haven't seen any of the Sopranos, etc. So I was EXTREMELY hesitant to see 'The Last Don', which came available for me to view on DVD. At 4 and ½ hours, you could say I wasn't exactly chomping at the bit to see this, especially from the very beginning, when along with Danny Aiello, the series also promised appearances by Kirstie Alley, Robert Wuhl, Penelope Ann Miller, Seymour Cassel AND kd lang! I mean, what on earth was the casting director smoking? But, despite deep reservations from the beginning, I REALLY got into this harrowing drama of the deep divisions of the Clericuzio family. Danny Aiello is simply great as the family patriarch, here, and he essentially holds all of the movie together. Rather then focusing squarely on him, the movie paces itself out wonderfully and focuses on a number of characters, namely with the De Lana family, a close confidante of the Clericuzio family. The father, played by Joe Mantegna (who is thankfully not wasted here) and his son, played by the wonderful Jason Gedrick are amazing here in the other leads. The other characters come and go, and are good as well. Special commendations, though, go to Rory Cochrane and his truly NASTY portrayal of Dante, the VERY trigger happy grandson of Danny Aiello. Is this too long? Nah, it's a miniseries, and it's sprawling, and it's never dull. This was quite great!


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