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The Don Is Dead (1973)

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.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

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Marvin H. Albert (novel), Christopher Trumbo (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Quinn ... Don Angelo DiMorra
Frederic Forrest ... Tony Fargo
Robert Forster ... Frank Regalbuto
Al Lettieri ... Vince Fargo
Angel Tompkins ... Ruby Dunne
Charles Cioffi ... Luigi Orlando
Jo Anne Meredith Jo Anne Meredith ... Marie
Barry Russo ... Don Aggimio Bernardo (as J. Duke Russo)
Louis Zorich ... Mitch DiMorra
Anthony Charnota Anthony Charnota ... Johnny Tresca
Ina Balin ... Nella
Joe Santos ... Joe Lucci
Frank DeKova ... Giunta (as Frank de Kova)
Abe Vigoda ... Don Talusso
Victor Argo ... Augie the Horse
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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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Power built an empire. Passion destroyed it. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beautiful But Deadly See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film was the 107th screen appearance of lead actor Anthony Quinn according to publicity for the movie. See more »


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The Eyes of Love
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It held my attention for close to two hours.
24 September 2014 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

"The Don is Dead" wins no points for originality. Obviously, it's attempting to ride on the coat-tails of "The Godfather". And it's not a classic that deserves to be remembered years from now. Its presentation is pretty matter-of-fact and of no real distinction. But it's still very engaging visceral entertainment, at least for fanatics of the mob movie genre. It benefits from good characters, fine performances, and the kind of in-your-face violence that has become standard for this type of thing.

The prominent mafia don of Las Vegas has died, and a truce is currently existing between the three families in the city. But all of that is going to go to Hell pretty quickly, as one greedy and power-crazed individual gets the bright idea to have two of these families go to bloody war with each other - all with a simple letter addressed to Don Angelo DiMorra (Anthony Quinn). Among the leading players are ambitious young Frank (Robert Forster), the son of the deceased don, and the Fargo brothers, Tony (Frederic Forrest) and Vince (Al Lettieri).

The makers of "The Don is Dead" do cast their movie well, from top to bottom. Angel Tompkins, Charles Cioffi, Louis Zorich, Ina Balin, Joe Santos, Frank DeKova, Abe Vigoda, Victor Argo, Val Bisoglio, Sid Haig, and Vic Tayback all put in appearances. (Lettieri and Vigoda, of course, were also in "The Godfather".) Forrest is particularly effective as Tony, who would rather leave the "life" behind but gets drawn back in when things start getting ugly.

Scripted by Marvin H. Albert, from his novel, and directed by Richard Fleischer, this is compelling drama when taken on its own terms and not compared to anything else. Even if it's just on a visceral level, it *does* work.

Seven out of 10.


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