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The Last Don 

Sprawling Mario Puzo novel about an Italian family of gangsters draws the inevitable comparison to "The Godfather", but does find its own direction. Headed by Don Domenico Clericuzio, the ... See full summary »
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Complete series cast summary:
 Don Domenico Clericuzio 3 episodes, 1997
 Dante Clericuzio 3 episodes, 1997
 Rose Marie Clericuzio 3 episodes, 1997
 Giorgio Clericuzio 3 episodes, 1997
 Petie Clericuzio 3 episodes, 1997
 Vincent Cleriuzio 3 episodes, 1997
 Pippi De Lena 2 episodes, 1997
 Athena Aquitane 2 episodes, 1997
 Bobby Bantz 2 episodes, 1997
 Dita Tommey 2 episodes, 1997
 Alfred Gronevelt 2 episodes, 1997
 Virginio Ballazzo 2 episodes, 1997
 Skippy Deere 2 episodes, 1997
 Claudia De Lena 2 episodes, 1997
 Jim Losey 2 episodes, 1997
Conrad Dunn ...
 Lia Vazzi 2 episodes, 1997
Diane D'Aquila ...
 Sophia Ballazzo 2 episodes, 1997
Chloe Clifford ...
 Bethany Aquitane 2 episodes, 1997
 Clericuzio Soldier 2 episodes, 1997


Sprawling Mario Puzo novel about an Italian family of gangsters draws the inevitable comparison to "The Godfather", but does find its own direction. Headed by Don Domenico Clericuzio, the family executes a rival gang on the night of the Don's daughter's wedding, including her new husband, the son of his rival. Unfortunately the daughter gets pregnant and the repercussions of the night drift into the future. Spanning 1964-1985, the film jumps forward with the growing up of the grandson who has grown ruthless and scheming. A co-rival in the family is a nephew who has been raise to take his father's place in the family as a hitman and has established his place by assassinating a man who killed a Senator's daughter. However, he is proven to not be ruthless enough and moves into the family's casino business in Vegas. When the nephew falls in love with a beautiful actress, everything is set in place for the grandson to set up a coupe to take over the family. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Power Isn't Everything... It's The Only Thing.


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11 May 1997 (USA)  »

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Mario Puzo's The Last Don  »

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The score was recorded at Paramount Studios with a 75-piece orchestra. A smaller orchestra of about 40 recorded additional music at Capitol Studios, Hollywood. The score was orchestrated conducted by Roger Bellon. See more »


There is a scene which has Dante relaxing in a bathtub with his head propped against a pillow. However, Dante's head only rests against the pillow during the close ups, anytime the camera pulls away for a wide shot the pillow is resting behind Dante's head on the edge of the bathtub. See more »


References Braveheart (1995) See more »

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Clericuzio family values
15 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

I'm sure that when The Last Don premiered on television given that it was a creation of Mario Puzo of the legendary Godfather fame a lot was expected from it. If this is not The Godfather it sure bears some resemblance to same and can stand on its own merits. Puzo probably felt like David O. Selznick who was forever trying to top Gone With The Wind couldn't do it, but made a few good films in the process.

There's a bit of The Corsican Brothers thrown into this tale. Godfather Danny Aiello who narrates this in flashback has his son killed by the rival Satedi family, even as his daughter is going to marry their son. He pulls off then a massacre like the Colonna clan did to the Franchis in that novel. The pregnant but as unknown daughter is spared by the assassins, but Kirstie Alley as the daughter is sent to the old country to give birth to the child who grows up to be Rory Cochrane.

The guy who led the killers who did the dirty deed is Aiello's nephew Joe Mantegna who does this kind of work for the family. He marries and has a son who grows up to be Jason Gedrick. But it's Cochrane who inherits the bloodlust. With Mantegna it's a business, but Cochrane really gets his jollies as well.

The young cousins Gedrick and Cochrane take over the story then and their rivalry is on the order of the Ewing brothers and cousins from both versions of Dallas. Only a lot more murderous.

I have to confess I enjoyed seeing Christopher Meloni as the psychotic stalking husband of film star Daryl Hannah who Gedrick gets involved with. Just the kind of guy SVU detective Elliott Stabler would track down and arrest. The Clericuzio clan does go into the film business on a much bigger scale than leaving a horse's head for intimidation in a studio boss's bed.

Gedrick and Cochrane are an interesting pair of rivals. Aiello's narration holds the story together. People who like these mob sagas won't be disappointed with The Last Don.

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