Honor Thy Father

Honor Thy Father

Director: Paul Wendkos, Brenda Vaccaro, Joseph Bologna, Raf Vallone

Cast: Paul Wendkos, Brenda Vaccaro, Joseph Bologna, Raf Vallone

     
 

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Gay Talese's bestseller Honor Thy Father is given a superb, albeit slightly expurgated, treatment in this made-for-TV movie. Joseph Bologna plays Bill Bonanno, the son of New York City Mafia-don Joe "Bananas" Bonanno (Raf Vallone). When his father disappears in 1964, Bill is compelled to take over the "family business." This proves well-nigh impossible as

Overview

Gay Talese's bestseller Honor Thy Father is given a superb, albeit slightly expurgated, treatment in this made-for-TV movie. Joseph Bologna plays Bill Bonanno, the son of New York City Mafia-don Joe "Bananas" Bonanno (Raf Vallone). When his father disappears in 1964, Bill is compelled to take over the "family business." This proves well-nigh impossible as several Mafiosi fall over themselves trying to stake their own claims within the Bonanno empire. Lewis John Carlino, the script writer for the 1968 Mafia flick The Brotherhood, adapted the Talese novel for television. Joseph Campanella "appears" as the slyly noncommittal off-screen narrator. Honor Thy Father was first telecast March 1, 1973. The producers sagaciously withheld the film from the critics until that night to make certain no reviewer would spoil the audience's enjoyment by prematurely cataloging the differences between the film and the book.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2003
UPC:
0798622308221
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
NR
Source:
Westlake Budget
Time:
1:37:00

Special Features

Biographies; Filmographies; Photo gallery; Interactive menus; Jump to scene; Dolby sound; PC/Mac compatible

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brenda Vaccaro Rosalie Bonnano
Joseph Bologna Salvatore Bonnano
Raf Vallone Joseph Bonnano
Richard S. Castellano Frank Labruzzo
Joe de Santis Actor
Gilbert Green Actor
Marc Lawrence Actor
Robert Burr Actor
Joseph Campanella Actor
Capucine Actor
Carmine Caridi Actor
Felice Orlandi Actor
Louis Zorich Actor

Technical Credits
Paul Wendkos Director
Lewis John Carlino Screenwriter
Harold D. Cohen Producer
George Duning Score Composer
Charles W. Fries Producer
Arthur Ornitz Cinematographer
Howard Schwartz Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [1:19]
2. Chapter 2 [1:53]
3. Chapter 3 [4:09]
4. Chapter 4 [5:21]
5. Chapter 5 [1:38]
6. Chapter 6 [5:57]
7. Chapter 7 [9:08]
8. Chapter 8 [6:58]
9. Chapter 9 [14:46]
10. Chapter 10 [12:38]
11. Chapter 11 [19:28]
12. Chapter 12 [11:55]

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