|THE LAST DON by Mario Puzo|
|The Last Don is a novel by Mario Puzo, best known as the author of The Godfather.
The story alternates between the film industry and the Las Vegas Strip casinos, showing how the Mafia is linked to both.
The last plan of ageing Mafia boss Don Domenico Clericuzio is to have his family become legitimate. Twenty-five years later, his grandson Dante and grandnephew Croccifixio (Cross) make their way through life, and the eighty-year-old Don is semi-retired. Cross is supposed to become the strong arm of the family but when he refuses to take part in the murder of an old friend, Dante is left to be the sole tough guy. Dante’s greed for power and blood lead him to plan the elimination of his relatives, who are an obstacle to the desire to become as powerful as the old Don himself. Cross anticipates Dante’s plans and catches him in a trap. To his surprise, Dante’s life is spared and condemned to exile. The story concludes with the revelation that the Don had planned this outcome all along for the long-term survival of the family.
|THE LAST DON (TV mini-series)|
|First aired December 22, 1997|
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 raised 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 coup to take over the family.
|THE LAST DON II (TV mini-series)|
|First aired May 3, 1988|
As the elder don dies, his young heir moves into the position. He quickly proves to be as ruthless as he tries to discover who has launched a plot to overthrow his rule and may be infiltrating other families. His aunt discovers that the young don had her son murdered first setting her off in a plot to kill him. Then when she is stopped she is driven into the arms of a conflicted priest. Meanwhile, an undercover FBI agent moves into the family home as a teacher for the don’s handicapped daughter.