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The Godfather

The Godfather

Francis Ford Coppola (1972)

169min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This elegiac organised-crime saga from the young Francis Ford Coppola is one of the all-time high watermarks of American cinema, rich with subtle acting and blessed with stunning cinematography from Gordon Willis. It proves that an intelligent, sometimes slow-moving drama with impeccable artistic credentials can create queues around the block. Taken with its 1974 sequel, it manages to define the age in which it was made, while remaining a period piece. Beginning after the Second World War, it traces the handover of power within the Corleone family, from the old world values of Don Vito (a heavily disguised but stately Marlon Brando) to his son, the "white sheep" Michael (Al Pacino, proving that his risky casting was inspired). The Mafia is never mentioned by name, but underneath all the slayings and sinister "offers you can't refuse" this is an immigrant family drama about assimilation, blood loyalty and honour.

Summary

The patriarch of the Corleone crime family is hospitalised after an attempt on his life and entrusts control of his business to his three sons - the violent and unpredictable Sonny, the weak-willed Fredo, and Michael, the youngest brother, who reluctantly takes up the reins but proves to be the most ruthless of them all. Francis Ford Coppola's gangster drama, starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, John Cazale, Talia Shire, Robert Duvall and Diane Keaton.

Cast & Crew

Don Vito Corleone Marlon Brando
Michael Corleone Al Pacino
Sonny Corleone James Caan
Clemenza Richard Castellano
Tom Hagen Robert Duvall
McCluskey Sterling Hayden
Jack Woltz John Marley
Barzini Richard Conte
Kay Adams Diane Keaton
Sollozzo Al Lettieri
Tessio Abe Vigoda
Connie Rizzi Talia Shire
Carlo Rizzi Gianni Russo
Fredo Corleone John Cazale
Cuneo Rudy Bond
Johnny Fontane Al Martino
Mama Corleone Morgana King
Luca Brasi Lenny Montana
Paulie Gatto John Martino
Bonasera Salvatore Corsitto
Neri Richard Bright
Moe Greene Alex Rocco
Nazorine Vito Scotti
Apollonia Vitelli Corleone Simonetta Stefanelli
Don Tommasino Corrado Gaipa
Director Francis Ford Coppola
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Other Information

Language: English, Italian +subtitles Colour Theatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service Ltd Guidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes and brief nudity. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 25 Sep 2009

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