The Don Is Dead

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The Don Is Dead
Poster of the movie The Don Is Dead.jpg
Directed byRichard Fleischer
Written byChristopher Trumbo[1]
Marvin H. Albert
Michael Butler
Based onThe Don is Dead
by Marvin H. Albert
Produced byPaul Nathan
Hal B. Wallis
StarringAnthony Quinn
Frederic Forrest
Al Lettieri
Robert Forster
CinematographyRichard H. Kline
Edited byEdward A. Biery
Music byJerry Goldsmith
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • November 14, 1973 (1973-11-14)
Running time
115 min.
CountryUnited States

The Don Is Dead is a 1973 American crime film directed by Richard Fleischer and written by Christopher Trumbo, Michael Butler, and Marvin H. Albert, adapted from Albert's novel of the same name. It stars Anthony Quinn, Frederic Forrest, Robert Forster, Al Lettieri, and Angel Tompkins.

It was released by Universal Pictures on November 14, 1973, and received mixed reviews.


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.



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."[2]

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  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ A.H. Weiler, "'Don is Dead' Scans Gang Power Struggle" Nov. 15, 1973

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