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Mafioso: The Father, the Son (2004)

R  |  Crime, Drama  |  2000 (USA)
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Apparent heir to the Philadelphia Paradiso mafia family, Frank Paradiso, finds himself confronted with tough choices after an assassination attempt on his father, Don Antonio Paradiso. ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Paradiso
Vito Lupo
Antonio Paradiso
Danny Defino
Sid Freeman
Gina Paradiso
Lisa Paradiso
Vince Lupo
Louie Eggs
Frank Adonis ...
Luca Veneri
Louis Lippa ...
Gus Armadino
Paulie Hammer
William DaRuffa ...
Richie Z
Susan Moses ...
Maria Paradiso
Joe LaBarbera ...
Peter Veneri


Apparent heir to the Philadelphia Paradiso mafia family, Frank Paradiso, finds himself confronted with tough choices after an assassination attempt on his father, Don Antonio Paradiso. Frank, family under-bossman Vito Lupo, and consiglieri Danny Defino try to find out who is responsible for usurping the family's power before they implode from their own internal strife. Written by Philip Steinman

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Loyalty and Honor Are the Family Way of Life ... And Death


Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language, violence, sexuality and drug use




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$900,000 (estimated)

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Here's a movie that teaches how not to make a bad movie.
5 March 2007 | by (Queens, New York, USA) – See all my reviews

Sure, they've been a lot of bad movies that are perfect examples on how not to make one that's so damn bad, but "Mafioso: The Father, The Son", a dog's mess on the sidewalk that pathetically fails at being on par with the Godfather films and "The Sopranos", does a more than obvious job. Here are nine "don't" rules:

1) Don't give your film a bad title. 2) Don't have one of your film's co-writers act as the main character if he can't look awake and traditionally handsome, let alone act. Put a REAL gun in his mouth, and he'll get the message. 3) Don't create a mute supporting character and make him so damn uninteresting, except being fat and able to handle kung-fu combatants. 4) Don't hire good supporting actors to act in a crap film. 5) Don't have your actors, if you're working on a Mafia drama, emote every Italian stereotype in the bigot book and dehumanize your characters into caricatures. 6) Don't advertise your film being scored by an Oscar-winning music composer, when you don't. 7) Don't have a voice-over at the film's start and end when the story's happening in the present. 8) Don't have a bad film editor. 9) Don't "wide-screen" something that looks like a third-rate daytime soap opera.

If you're interested in the story of a mobster's son taking over the "family business", when "the Goddaddy" is killed, you're better off making the film yourself, if you follow the aforementioned rules. Avoid "Mafioso" like every STDs in existence, capeech?

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