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From start to finish, it's a story of friendship between 4 street-wise males who don't mind using violence to achieve the lives that they want. They trust no one but each other which is vital to their success as mobsters.
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
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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
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
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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