Don Is Dead

Don Is Dead

Director: Richard Fleischer

Cast: Anthony Quinn, Frederic Forrest, Robert Forster

     
 

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In this organized crime drama (one of many that came in the wake of The Godfather), Frank (Robert Forster) is the son of a mafia kingpin. He puts together a heroin deal with the assist of brothers Vince (Al Lettieri) and Tony (Frederic Forrest), but realizes that a snitch is present when gunmen burst in and interrupt the drug deal. Shortly thereafter, Frank'sSee more details below

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In this organized crime drama (one of many that came in the wake of The Godfather), Frank (Robert Forster) is the son of a mafia kingpin. He puts together a heroin deal with the assist of brothers Vince (Al Lettieri) and Tony (Frederic Forrest), but realizes that a snitch is present when gunmen burst in and interrupt the drug deal. Shortly thereafter, Frank's father dies. The old man's rackets get divided between two mob families, one headed up by Don Angelo (Anthony Quinn) - but Vince and Tony refuse to follow Angelo's leadership. In the mean time, mob accountant Orlando (Charles Cioffi), whose boss, Don Bernardo (J. Duke Russo), is behind bars, devises and begins to execute a wild plan to bring himself to a position of power in the mob; he engineers a situation that will put Frank's sexy fiancee Ruby (Angel Tompkins) into the arms of Don Angelo, thereby sending Frank into a murderous rage. Cult figure Sid Haig has a supporting role as The Arab.

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This obvious cash-in on the success of The Godfather is a competent but uninspired affair. Marvin Albert's screenplay is pro-forma at best, trotting out the usual collection of shootouts and back room mobster meetings but forgetting to include the colorful details and twists that would redeem its mundane plotting. Richard Fleischer's direction is polished but distant, content to let the proceedings role by in a slick but styleless fashion. This overall lack of inspiration ensures that The Don Is Dead feels like little more than a slightly raunched-up t.v. movie. The film's one real attribute is its cast: Anthony Quinn uses his movie star charm to flesh out an underwritten role and Al Lettieri and Frederic Forrest give sympathetic, nicely underplayed performances as a pair of brothers caught in the middle of the mob war. Cult movie fans will also be delighted with the supporting cast, which is studded with plenty of familiar faces like Abe Vigoda, Vic Tayback and Sid Haig. However, a likable cast can't make up for lackluster storytelling and The Don Is Dead is best left to mob movie completists.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/2009
UPC:
0025192026546
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:54:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Quinn Don Angelo
Frederic Forrest Tony
Robert Forster Frank
Al Lettieri Vince
Angel Tompkins Ruby
Charles Cioffi Orlando
Frank de Kova Giunta
Carlos Romero Mariano Longobardo
J. Duke Russo Don Aggimio Bernardo
Vic Tayback Ralph Negri
Jo Anne Meredith Marie
Louis Zorich Mitch
Anthony Charnota Johnny Tresca
Ina Balin Nella
Joe Santos Joe Lucci
Abe Vigoda Don Tolusso
Victor Argo Augie The Horse
Val Bisoglio Pete Lazatti
Robert Carricart Spada
Frank Christi Harold Early
Sid Haig The Arab
Maurice Sherbanee Corsican
George Skaff Vito

Technical Credits
Richard Fleischer Director
Marvin H. Albert Screenwriter
Preston Ames Art Director
Edward A. Biery Editor
Michael Butler Screenwriter
Carol Goldsmith Songwriter
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
William Gray Production Manager
David Hall Asst. Director
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
John K. Kean Sound/Sound Designer
Richard H. Kline Cinematographer
Paul Nathan Associate Producer
Ronald Pierce Sound/Sound Designer
George Sawava Stunts
Don Sullivan Set Decoration/Design
Christopher Trumbo Screenwriter
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [:01]
2. Transaction [4:38]
3. Master Plan [6:09]
4. Traitors [7:20]
5. Ruby Dunn [8:36]
6. Guns for Hire [5:01]
7. Surrender [6:54]
8. Betrayed [4:51]
9. A Lover's Rage [5:18]
10. Point of No Return [3:25]
11. The Don Is Dead [6:24]
12. Set-Up [4:56]
13. A Brother's Grief [8:47]
14. Retribution [7:24]
15. Choosing Sides [6:26]
16. Quick Trip to Italy [4:43]
17. Early Release [2:15]
18. Grief-Stricken [3:15]
19. New Regime [3:42]
20. End Credits [5:02]

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