The Godfather (1972)
Critic Consensus: One of Hollywood's greatest critical and commercial successes, The Godfather gets everything right; not only did the movie transcend expectations, it established new benchmarks for American cinema.
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as Don Vito Corleone
as Michael Corleone
as Sonny Corleone
as Tom Hagen
as Jack Woltz
as Kay Adams
as Connie Rizzi
as Carlo Rizzi
as Fredo Corleone
as Johnny Fontane
as Mama Corleone
as Luca Brasi
as Moe Greene
as Bruno Tattaglia
as Theresa Hagen
as Phillip Tattaglia
as Lucy Mancini
as Sandra Corleone
as Mrs. Clemenza
as Don Tommasino
as Paulie Gatto
as Piano Player (uncredited)
as Baby (uncredited)
as Willy Cicci (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for The Godfather
This is a curious film. One comes to understand, even to condone, the activities of the Godfather and his clan.
Brando is the strong magnet that will draw fans to The Godfather. But behind-the-scenes creativity is of equal value to this film of towering proportions.
I don't see how any gifted actor could have done less than Brando does here. His resident power, his sheer innate force, has rarely seemed weaker.
The Godfather is overflowing with life, rich with all the grand emotions and vital juices of existence, up to and including blood.
To permit us a glimpse at The Mob, with all of its ethnic insularity, is like giving a chronic gambler a chance to wander above the false mirrors that overlook every casino.
Audience Reviews for The Godfather
Spectacular. Every time I see it, it gets better. From its flawless direction, to its exceptional score, to its (near-)flawless script, I have no doubt "The Godfather" is one of the best movies ever made.
Francis Ford Coppola & Mario Puzo bring the famed-mafia novel to life. The Godfather is an excellent portrayal of power, betrayal and family. Beautifully written and stunningly executed, the film is a landmark motion picture with stunning performances (Brando, Pacino, Caan) that is still held up to this day as a timeless classic. 5/5
The son of a Mafia boss returns from the war and following an attempt on his father's life becomes more and more embroiled in the shadowy world of organised crime. Francis Ford Coppola's classic gangster saga is the story of a criminal dynasty headed by Marlon Brando in one of his most iconic roles. Coppola's direction is deceptively simple in that he uses no gimmicks or stylistic tricks; he merely allows the story to unfold and lets the superb cast do their thing. Brando's mumbling family and loyalty obsessed don has since become part of popular culture folklore (along with the classic score) and all other accompanying performances are top notch, from James Caan's hot headed Santino to Robert Duval's purely business orientated adviser. But this film is really the story of Michael's transition from honest war hero to shadowy underworld figure, played by Al Pacino in his finest role. The pivotal scene in which his newborn godson is baptised while Michael himself, the newborn "Godfather", is baptised in blood is an all time great. This is the birth of the modern gangster film and with the possible exception of Goodfellas, it is still to be surpassed.
The Godfather Quotes
|Don Vito Corleone:||I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse|
|Don Vito Corleone:||I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse.|
|Don Vito Corleone:||Revenge is a dish best served cold.|
|Don Vito Corleone:||"A friend should always underestimate your virtues and an enemy overestimate your faults."|
|Don Vito Corleone:||A friend should always underestimate your virtues and an enemy overestimate your faults.|
|Don Vito Corleone:||Revenge is a dish best served cold|
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