1972 15 169min Colour
This is unquestionably the finest gangster movie ever made. The Godfather, Part II is an even better film but deals more with the corruption of power than the acquiring of it. The first one tells how the Corleone family became the most powerful Mafia mob in New York, American free enterprise run amok. These are reprehensible people, violent, murderous, pitiless, yet so beautifully portrayed that somehow we are on their side. This was Marlon Brando’s last hurrah and also marked Al Pacino’s rise to the top.
Did you Know?
The decision to have Marlon Brando stroke a cat in the opening scene was made at the last minute — the actor had spotted a stray padding around the Paramount lot. As the camera started rolling, the cat began purring with such contentment that some of the dialogue in the scene had to be redubbed.
Say it Again!
“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” Don Corleone
Oscars best picture
, Marlon Brando actor
, Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo adapted screenplay
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