1972   USA The Godfather
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Director:Francis Ford Coppola
Studio:Paramount
Writer:Mario Puzo, Mario Puzo
IMDb Rating:9.2 (493,879 votes)
Awards:Won 3 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 17 nominations
Genre:Crime, Drama, Thriller
Duration:175 min
Languages:English
IMDb:0068646
Amazon:B0001NBNB6
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Francis Ford Coppola  ...  (Director)
Mario Puzo, Mario Puzo  ...  (Writer)
 
Marlon Brando  ...  Don Vito Corleone
Al Pacino  ...  Michael Corleone
James Caan  ...  Santino 'Sonny' Corleone
Richard S. Castellano  ...  Peter Clemenza
Robert Duvall  ...  Tom Hagen
Sterling Hayden  ...  Capt. McCluskey
John Marley  ...  Jack Woltz
Richard Conte  ...  Don Emilio Barzini
Al Lettieri  ...  Virgil 'The Turk' Sollozzo
Diane Keaton  ...  Kay Adams
Abe Vigoda  ...  Sal Tessio
Talia Shire  ...  Connie Corleone Rizzi
Gianni Russo  ...  Carlo Rizzi
John Cazale  ...  Fredo Corleone
Rudy Bond  ...  Don Carmine Cuneo
Gordon Willis  ...  Cinematographer
Peter Zinner  ...  Editor
William Reynolds  ...  Editor
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Summary: Generally acknowledged as a bona fide classic, this Francis Ford Coppola film is one of those rare experiences that feels perfectly right from beginning to end--almost as if everyone involved had been born to participate in it. Based on Mario Puzo's bestselling novel about a Mafia dynasty, Coppola's Godfather extracted and enhanced the most universal themes of immigrant experience in America: the plotting-out of hopes and dreams for one's successors, the raising of children to carry on the good work, etc. In the midst of generational strife during the Vietnam years, the film somehow struck a chord with a nation fascinated by the metamorphosis of a rebellious son (Al Pacino) into the keeper of his father's dream. Marlon Brando played against Puzo's own conception of patriarch Vito Corleone, and time has certainly proven the actor correct. The rest of the cast, particularly James Caan, John Cazale, and Robert Duvall as the rest of Vito's male brood--all coping with how to take the mantle of responsibility from their father--is seamless and wonderful. --Tom Keogh


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