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The Godfather

Drama . Crime

The story spans the years from 1945 to 1955 and chronicles the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael, steps in to take care of the would-be killers, launching a campaign of bloody revenge.

Actors: Diane Keaton , Al Lettieri , Richard Conte , John Marley , Sterling Hayden , Robert Duvall , Richard S. Castellano , James Caan , Al Pacino , Marlon Brando
Directors: Francis Ford Coppola
Country: USA
Release: 1972-03-24
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  • Roger Ebert

    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.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Edward Guthmann

    In scene after scene -- the long wedding sequence, John Marley's bloody discovery in his bed, Pacino nervously smoothing down his hair before a restaurant massacre, the godfather's collapse in a garden -- Coppola crafted an enduring, undisputed masterpiece. [21 Mar 1997, Daily Datebook, p.C3]

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Barbara Shulgasser

    A handbook on cinematic lucidity. All events are described clearly. Motives of all the characters are set right there on the table next to the pasta for our consideration.

    San Francisco Examiner Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The picture is a series of mini-climaxes, all building to the devastating, definitive conclusion... It was carefully and painstakingly crafted. Every major character - and more than a few minor ones - is molded into a distinct, complex individual.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Staff (Non Credited)

    The Godfather is a generational saga; it's also an action film; but above all, it catches the imagination of audiences because it suggests that the career of a gangster is not so very different from the career of a businessman or a politician.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Ron Wells

    One warning however: James Caan's shoulder hair, when seen on this size screen, may frighten children considerably (you'll at least want to discuss it openly after the show, answering any questions your kids may have in an honest and direct manner).

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Just about as great as a movie's ever gonna be... As for the storytellng, The Godfather is an intricately constructed gem that simultaneously kicks ass.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • F. X. Feeney

    The Godfather traces the arc of this doomed idealism with a beauty that is still fresh.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    A great American picture, full of incredible images and lasting moments.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Dave Kehr

    Sharp, entertaining, and convincing--discursive, but with a sense of structure and control that Coppola hasn't achieved since.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Staff (Not Credited)

    Overlong at about 175 minutes (played without intermission), and occasionally confusing. While never so placid as to be boring, it is never so gripping as be superior screen drama.

    Variety Full Review
  • Vincent Canby

    One of the most brutal and moving chronicles of American life ever designed within the limits of popular entertainment. [16 Mar 1972]

    The New York Times Full Review
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