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Release Date: March 24th, 1972

DVD Release Date: May 11th, 2004

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 S. Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte

Director: Francis Coppola

Genres: Drama, Crime drama

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Intense, Transformation, Family, Father, Wife, 1940s, New York City, Son, Murder, Brooding, Revenge, Rise, Passionate, Love

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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]

  • 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

  • Director Francis Ford Coppola, with a strong assist from cameraman Gordon Willis, has done an extraordinary job of capturing period and place. show more

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Awards

Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972)
Nominated Sound
Winner Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Winner Anthony Asquith Award for Original Music for a Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972)
Winner Best Picture
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Film Editing
Winner Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Winner Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Directing
Winner Best Screenplay - Motion Picture