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The Godfather

A 1972 film directed by Francis Ford Coppola

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This is one of my two favorite movies of all time.

  • Aug 24, 2001
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Rarely does a film manage to express the power of a novel from which it was based -- but "The Godfather" does manage to do quite well. Realizing that the entire second section of the novel could not be fit into the movie (but was cleverly woven into "The Godfather, part 2") Puzo and Coppola produced a film which was remarkably consistent with the remainder of the book (although there are a few 'jumps' in the plot which make more sense to someone also familiar with the book). The cast for this picture could not possibly be better -- both in the first-rate Hollywood actors AND in the on-location Sicilian actors selected for those portions of the movie filmed on that island. Brando is perfect as the aging Don, Pacino portrays the inherently moral but tormented Michael extremely well, Caan is ideal as the hotheaded Sonny, and Robert Duvall, in the best role of his career, is splendid as Tom Hagen. (And I loved Simonetta Stefanelli as Apollonia)! In addition to the writing and the casting, the filming and cinematography was also excellent. Who could ever forget Sonny's murder at the toll booth? And the baptism scene? Classic filmmaking at its best. I can't recommend this picture highly enough -- although I would strongly encourage the reading and re-reading of the novel as well.

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One of the best films I have ever seen with a lot of memorable scenes and classic lines. On top of that probably the best directing ever and a perfect cast.Don Corleone, I honor you!Memorable dialogue to the last word (Michael is it true? No!).
review by . June 27, 2003
After I purchased Mario Puzo's novel, I stayed up most of that night reading it. Two years later, this film adaptation appeared and I have since seen it (as well as Godfather Part II) more than a dozen times. Francis Ford Coppola deserves all of the praise and awards these films have received over the years. He should also be admired for insisting that Pacino and Brando be cast in two of the major roles despite strong opposition from Paramount. Coppola assembled a superb cast but also an equally …
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The Godfather
Theatrical poster Directed by Francis Ford Coppola Produced by Albert S. Ruddy Written by Novel:
Mario Puzo
Screenplay:
Mario Puzo
Francis Ford Coppola
Robert Towne (uncredited) Starring Marlon Brando
Al Pacino
James Caan
Robert Duvall
Richard S. Castellano
Abe Vigoda
Sterling Hayden
Diane Keaton
Talia Shire
John Cazale
John Marley
Richard Conte
Gianni Russo
Al Lettieri Music by Nino Rota
Carmine Coppola Cinematography Gordon Willis Editing by William H. Reynolds
Peter Zinner[1] Distributed by Paramount Pictures Release date(s) 15 March 1972 (US) Running time theatrical: 175:18. restoration: 176:59 Country United States Language English and Italian Budget $6,500,000[2] Gross revenue $133,698,921 (worldwide) Followed by The Godfather Part II

The Godfather is a 1972 American gangster film based on the 1969 novel of the same name by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a screenplay by Puzo, Coppola, and Robert Towne (uncredited).[3] It stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard S. Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte and Diane Keaton, and features John Cazale, Talia Shire, Al Martino, and Abe Vigoda. The story spans ten years from 1945 to 1955 and chronicles the fictional Italian American Corleone crime family. Two sequels followed: The Godfather Part II in 1974, and The Godfather Part III in 1990.

The Godfather received Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay, and has ...

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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 15, 1972
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Francis Ford Coppola
Runtime: 175 minutes
Studio: Paramount Pictures
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