The Don Is Dead
|The Don Is Dead|
|Directed by||Richard Fleischer|
|Produced by||Paul Nathan
Hal B. Wallis
|Written by||Christopher Trumbo
Marvin H. Albert
|Music by||Jerry Goldsmith|
|Cinematography||Richard H. Kline|
|Edited by||Edward A. Biery|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Running time||115 min.|
Frank is the ambitious son of an organized-crime boss. He plans a heroin deal with the help of brothers Tony and Vince, but a snitch tips off the cops.
After the death of his father, a mob war breaks out between two rival families. One is run by Don Angelo, but he does not get the support of the brothers, Tony and Vince, and must seek power through other means. He begins a romance with Frank's young and beautiful fiancee, Ruby, which sends Frank into a self-destructive rage.
- Anthony Quinn as Don Angelo
- Angel Tompkins as Ruby
- Al Lettieri as Vince
- Robert Forster as Frank
- Louis Zorich as Mitch
- Ina Balin as Nella
- Frederic Forrest as Tony
- Charles Cioffi as Orlando
A.H. Weiler of the New York Times was positive: "Expertise, if not imagination, is evident in the explosive, action-oriented direction of Richard Fleischer... The Don Is Dead has the attributes of some lively, pithily accented performances that are adult and effectively natural. Among these are Forrest, as the brainly hood who attempts to escape the racket, but winds up a don, Al Lettieri, as his roughhewn, dependent, ill-fated brother, and Forster, as the rising, vengeful muscleman who is eventually cut down. As the embattled don who is finally felled by a stroke, not a gun, Quinn is moodily menacing and as polished and relaxed as a professional long familiar with this sort of role."
- McLellan, Dennis (2011-01-12). "Christopher Trumbo dies at 70; screen and TV writer whose father was blacklisted". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-01-26.
- A.H. Weiler, "'Don is Dead' Scans Gang Power Struggle" Nov. 15, 1973 http://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9405E5DA1731E63BBC4D52DFB7678388669EDE