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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.

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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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The 'hit' was on and there was no place to hide! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beautiful But Deadly See more »

Company Credits

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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Trivia

Some movie posters for the film featured a preamble that said: "In the Fall of 1971, Don Angelo DiMorra began an innocent affair with a beautiful woman. It started the bloodiest carnival of murder in the history of American crime". See more »


Soundtracks

Our Last Night
Lyrics by Carol Heather Goldsmith (as Carol Goldsmith)
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
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Sloppy, boring and amateurish.

"The Don is Dead" is one of the worst films of the 1970s. There is no creative output of any kind and the whole is just one extended television film (no offense meant to T.V films). Any potential was gone after the opening 15 minutes. The meeting with the Mafia Godfathers was mildly diverting but that is about all. Anthony Quinn is actually well cast as one of the Mafia Dons, why couldn't a better screenplay have been written? The use of "Universal's" backlot is painfully obvious and robs the film of any kind of scale it might otherwise have had. There is some action but so what? Anyone can put together a scene involving a gunfight. Any comparison between "The Don is Dead" and "The Godfather" is purely coincidental and I'm not the biggest fan of the latter movie.


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