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The Don Is Dead1973

The Don Is Dead (1973)





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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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Anthony Quinn
as Don Angelo
Frederic Forrest
as Tony Fargo
Al Lettieri
as Vince Fargo
Angel Tompkins
as Ruby Dunne
Charles Cioffi
as Luigi Orlando
J. Duke Russo
as Don Aggimio Bernardo
Anthony Charnota
as Johnny Tresca
Ina Balin
as Nella
Joe Santos
as Joe Lucci
Abe Vigoda
as Don Tolusso
Victor Argo
as Augie The Horse
Val Bisoglio
as Pete Lazatti
Robert Carricart
as Mike Spada
Frank Christi
as Harold Early
Sid Haig
as The Arab
Vic Tayback
as Ralph Negri
Carlos Romero
as Mariano Longobardo
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Critic Reviews for The Don Is Dead

All Critics (4)

For all the talent at work, it's ultimately forgettable, though plenty entertaining in the moment.

January 13, 2021 | Rating: 3 | Full Review…

A Thrifty Drugs version of The Godfather.

December 31, 2019 | Full Review…

[A] revolting mess.

October 1, 2019 | Full Review…

A fun gangster potboiler made to cash in on the success of The Godfather. Full of shootings, double crosses, polyester and big '70s gas-guzzling cars.

March 5, 2006 | Rating: 7/10

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