The 1973 TV adaptation of Gay Talese's "Honor Thy Father" came in the wake of Coppola's THE GODFATHER. Obviously, "Godfather" is fiction that draws from real events while "Honor" is a fairly accurate portrayal of a real crime family, the Bonannos of New York.
As it originally had commercial breaks, this movie is rather episodic. The restrictions of '70s network TV means it's also fairly bloodless and lacks the colorful language heard in most mob pictures. Although hampered by these and a small budget, the excellent cast does a fine job in recreating NY Mafia history.
The Bononnos were one of the Five Families organized after the Castellammarese War. At age 26, Joe Bonanno was youngest of the family heads. His income derived then and prior to the War from gambling, loansharking and racketeering. When the absentee Joe later lost his capo regime status to Gaspar DiGregorio this caused the "Banana Split," aka the Bonanno War.
"Honor Thy Father" refers at times to the above, but is primarily the story of Joe's son Salvatore.
(1996) is another TV film about a mob boss. Armand Assante stars as John Gotti-- the Teflon Don who after a lifetime of the worst sort of crime was finally convicted and sentented in 1992 to life imprisonment.
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(5.1) Honor Thy Father (TV-1973) - Joseph Bologna/Brenda Vaccaro/Raf Vallone/Richard S. Castellano/Joe De Santis/Gilbert Green/Marc Lawrence/Joseph Campanella (narrator)