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Honor Thy Father (1973)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 1 March 1973
Story of the rise and fall of the Bonanno organized crime family.

Director:

Paul Wendkos

Writers:

Lewis John Carlino (screenplay), Gay Talese (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Bologna ... Salvatore (Bill) Bonnano
Brenda Vaccaro ... Rosalie Bonnano
Raf Vallone ... Joseph Bonnano
Richard S. Castellano ... Frank Labruzzo
Joe De Santis ... Joe Magliocco
Gilbert Green Gilbert Green ... Gaspare de Gregorio
Marc Lawrence ... Stefano Magaddino
Louis Zorich ... Joe Notario
Felice Orlandi ... Hank Perrone
James Sloyan ... Pete Notario (as James S. Sloyan)
Roger De Koven ... William P. Maloney
Robert Burr Robert Burr ... Lawyer Kreiger
Carmine Caridi ... Nick
Joseph Campanella ... Narrator (voice)
Henry Ferrentino Henry Ferrentino
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The Bononnos were one of the Five Families organized after the Castellammarese War. Headed by Joe Bonanno. Joe later lost his capo regime status to Gaspar DiGregorio this caused the "Banana Split," aka the Bonanno War. In 1964 Joseph Bonanno mysteriously disappears from the streets of NYC. Joseph's son Salvatore takes leadership of the family business. Following a family feud, the family split into two factions. A bloody war breaks out, and Salvatore and his family faces treats from former friends and allies in the struggle for power. Written by Fauno

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At last, the story about New York's underworld. The real-life drama of notorious Joseph "Joe Bananas" Bonanno and his heir apparent, son "Bill." See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A pleins chargeurs See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This 1973 tele-movie was made and broadcast right on the heals of 1972s The Godfather (1972). Honor Thy Father (1973) coincidentally shared a word, "father", from that picture's title, whilst the production cast an actor, Sam Coppola, who had the same last name as that movie's director Francis Ford Coppola. Moreover, actor Richard S. Castellano appeared in both movies. See more »

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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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A masterpiece of mob life
2 April 2004 | by arthurclaySee all my reviews

I first saw this movie as part of a collection entitled "Great Mafia Movies" and they were right about this one it is great. This film is one of the very few movies that accurately and unromantically portrays real life in the Mafia and the inherent danger that is present in it(the others being Goodfellas and WTTM). Right off the bat you are thrown into the violent and not so secretive world of the Bonnano family as the public and police know as much or even more than the mobsters. You can literally feel the danger and impending doom that hangs around each member especially Bill and Joe Bonnano. They are fighting for their lives in every frame of the picture. You feel bad when their friends are killed and that they have to struggle just to survive each day. This movie is pro-Bonnano but in my mind that is not such a bad thing since its being told from the son's perspective just as Gotti is told from John's perspective. Even if Joe Bonnano was wrong and at fault for what happened in real life its hard to muster any compassion or sympathy for his enemies as treacherous and vicious as they are. I loved the scene with the commission I would have liked to see Carlo Gambino have a bigger role but that wasn't central to the plot. My only problem with this movie is that it really doesn't end with a definite sense of finality like it's like there's a whole other saga waiting to be told but given the circumstances I don't suppose it could have ended any other way. In any case Honor Thy Father is a goldmine of information on the mob and a real treat to view as well.


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