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The Godfather

A 1972 film directed by Francis Ford Coppola

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The Best of the Three Godfather Films

  • Jun 27, 2003
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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 talented crew. Those who share my high regard for it no doubt have their own favorite scenes. Mine include Michael's enlistment of a bewildered young man's assistance at the hospital until members of the Corleone family arrive to protect their don, the sequence in the restaurant which results in the killing of Sollozzo and McCluskey, Tom Hagen's discussion with Jack Woltz during dinner, Michael's reunion conversation with Kay as they stroll in a New England village, and the montage of executions during the baptism. None of the extensive violence in the film seems gratuitous. Each major character is fully developed. The cinematography and score are outstanding, although neither was even nominated for an Academy Award. Dark as this film often is, it also has its lighter moments, as during the wedding celebration when Luca Brasi rehearses his remarks before presenting a gift and later when Clemenza teases Michael good-naturedly about Kay Adams. For me, the single most interesting element in the film is Michael's gradual development from his family's baby brother (albeit a war hero) to its ruthlessly efficient don. Once he volunteers to kill Sollozzo and McCluskey, his destiny is assured. In some respects, this film reminds me of an opera but one with a multi-dimensional plot as well as grandeur in its style, scope, and emotional impact. In 1998, the American Film Institute selected The Godfather as one of the three greatest American films. Only Citizen Kane and Casablanca were ranked higher.

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review by . June 23, 2011
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**** out of ****     The most overrated word is most definitely "overrated". Recently, I've heard the word been used in the most peculiar of situations; one of them being to describe the world-renowned cinematic classic, "The Godfather". Cinephiles of all ages are always attacking "classics" because they go in with some pretty large expectations. And when they don't get the "best movie of all time", they start making up reasons why the movie might be "bad". See...I don't like …
review by . June 14, 2010
I did not care for the book so much as i did the movie. The movie was fantastic, being so old that is. I like old gangster movies. I like all old movies like this but this is my favorite. Would recommend to anyone.
Quick Tip by . September 01, 2009
The Godfather....who hasn't heard of this one?? Keeps pulling me back in...compelled to watch it, adore Al Pacino...great cast!
review by . November 07, 2003
posted in Movie Hype
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 . August 24, 2001
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 …
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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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