The Godfather

The Godfather

The Godfather

Francis Ford Coppola’s mafia masterpiece stars Marlon Brando in an Oscar-winning performance as the aging patriarch of an organised crime dynasty handing control of the empire to his reluctant son, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino). When a rival gang wants to impede on the Corleone’s territory, family duties will shape Michael into the leader that is demanded of him. Co-stars James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Sterling Hayden and Richard S. Castellano. In addition to Brando's Oscar for Best Actor, The Godfather's other big wins at the 1973 Academy Awards included Best Picture and Best Screenplay.

Best Picture, Best Actor (Brando), Best Screenplay; Academy Awards 1973. Best Picture (Drama), Director, Actor (Brando), Original Score and Screeplay at the Golden Globes 1973.
1972Rating: MA15+175 minsUSA
DramaClassic
Director:
Francis Ford Coppola ('The Godfather' trilogy, 'Apocalypse Now', 'The Conversation', 'Rumble Fish')
Writer:
Francis Ford CoppolaMario Puzo
Cast:
Marlon BrandoAl PacinoJames CaanRichard CastellanoRobert DuvallDiane KeatonJohn Cazale

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The Godfather / Reviews

Variety

Variety

The biggest achievement here is the establishment of mood and time.

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Total Film

Total Film

The greatest gangster film ever made.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Francis Ford Coppola has made one of the most brutal and moving chronicles of American life ever designed within the limits of popular entertainment.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A measured, deathly serious epic.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

A brilliant conjuring act, inviting us to consider the Mafia entirely on its own terms.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

It could be argued that Francis Ford Coppola's film of Mario Puzo's bestseller, at once an art movie and a commercial blockbuster, marked the dawn of the age of the mega-movie.

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BBC

BBC

Coppola's masterpiece reveals something new every time you watch it.

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