The Deadly Kiss (1973)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Run Time - 115 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Deadly Kiss and Beautiful But Deadly are alternate titles for the Godfather knockoff The Don is Dead. Anthony Quinn is appointed mob leader after the reigning Don expires. Syndicate functionaries Frederic Forrest and Al Lettieri, sons of the deceased don, refuse to align themselves with Quinn, sparking a power struggle involving Quinn and overambitious Charles Cioffi. Sexy singer Angel Tompkins is used as a pawn in Cioffi's insidious scheme. Quinn, however, is not so easily toppled; only an act of God can knock him off his throne, and ultimately it's the Almighty who takes a hand in matters. Adapted from the novel by Marvin H. Albert, The Don is Dead is a fascinating (if tacky) peek into the inner workings of Mafia politics.



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