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The Godfather

R| 2 hr. 57 min.

Plot Summary
Widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, this mob drama, based on Mario Puzo's novel of the same name, focuses on the powerful Italian-American crime family of Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando). When the don's youngest son, Michael (Al Pacino), reluctantly joins the Mafia, he becomes involved in the inevitable cycle of violence and betrayal. Although Michael tries to maintain a normal relationship with his wife, Kay (Diane Keaton), he is drawn deeper into the family business.

Cast: Marlon Brando , Al Pacino , James Caan , Richard Castellano , Robert Duvall , Sterling Hayden , John Marley , Richard Conte

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Genres: Drama, Crime drama

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

The Godfather (1972)

Release Date: March 24th, 1972|2 hr. 57 min.

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  • In scene after scene -- the long wedding sequence, John Marley's bloody discovery in his bed, Pacino nervously smoothing down his hair before a restaurant massacre, the godfather's collapse in a garden -- Coppola crafted an enduring, undisputed masterpiece. [21 Mar 1997, Daily Datebook, p.C3] show more

  • The wedding sequence... is a virtuoso stretch of filmmaking: Coppola brings his large cast onstage so artfully that we are drawn at once into the Godfather's world. show more

  • Brando made Don Vito something we rarely see in movies: a tragicomic villain-hero, a vulnerable hood. The don is so close to a comic character -- the movie itself is so close to comedy -- that Brando's capacity to move us in the role is doubly impressive. At the end, it is the older Godfather's tenderness and sagacity we recall. [21 Mar 1997, Friday, p.A] show more

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  • January 25, 2014 robjetb
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    Goof in hospital scene wher Don Vito was being moved to another room. Placard on wall reads Robert O. Lowery Fire Commisioner. This was suppose to be 1946. He was FC in the 1960,s.

  • August 13, 2012 filmlover1994
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    The Godfather Is Still One Of My Favorite Films Of All Time.

  • August 13, 2012 pd00000000128189
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    its a boing movie.

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'The Godfather' Cast: Where Are They Now?

Posted by
Gary Susman on March 22, 2012

One thing most of the stars of "The Godfather" had in common was that they were relative unknowns. Most were new to film and hungry to prove themselves, though even the veterans -- especially Marlon B...

'The Godfather' Anniversary: Fact and Fiction

Posted by
Gary Susman on March 21, 2012

"My Mafia is a very romanticized myth," said "Godfather" novelist Mario Puzo, who claimed that he had never met any actual mobsters when he wrote his bestseller, and that his accounts of lurid crimes ...

Top 25 Oscar Best Picture Winners: 'The Godfather,' 'Annie Hall' and More

Posted by
Moviefone Staff on February 22, 2011

Since 1929, 82 movies have held the distinguished title of Best Picture, as named by the Academy of Motion Pictures, and the majority of them are bona fide classics ('Crash,' not so much). As Osc...

Zagat Survey Picks 'The Godfather' as Top Film of All Time

Posted by
Erik Davis on October 20, 2010

You're probably used to using a Zagat guide to find a good restaurant or a cool place to shop, but I bet you haven't yet used it to locate a good movie to watch. This year Zagat Survey has release...

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