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The Godfather

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Original title
The Godfather
Running time
175 min.
United States United States
Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo. Novel: Mario Puzo
Nino Rota
Gordon Willis
Paramount Pictures, Alfran Productions. Producer: Albert S. Ruddy
Drama | Mafia. Crime. 1940s. 1950s. Family Relationships. Cult Movie
Movie Groups
The Godfather trilogy | Mario Puzo Adaptations
Epic tale of a 1940s New York Mafia family and their struggle to protect their empire from rival families as the leadership switches from the father (Marlon Brando) to his youngest son (Al Pacino). Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) is The Godfather, the Don (head) of a successful, tightly-knit family whose business is organized crime. Heir apparent is impulsive, hot-tempered Sonny (James Caan), whose brothers are brooding Michael (Al Pacino), who tries to seperate himself from his criminal family, and Fredo (John Cazale), who can't seem to do anything right. Vito has also adopted level-headed Tom Hagan (Robert Duvall), now the family lawyer. Vito's refusal to enter the lucrative drug rackets puts him in a war between the mafia families. Michael gets his hand dirty by taking revenge on the family's behalf, and then taking over as the new calculating, ruthless godfather. In his new role he plots to make the Corleones the leading players in Las Vegas casino industry while arranging for the war in New York City to be settled for once and for all.
Rankings Position
1972: 3 Academy Awards: Best Movie, Actor (Brando) & Ad. Screenplay. 11[10*] Nom.
1972: 5 Golden Globe: Including Best Movie Drama
1972: BAFTA Awards: Best Music. 5 nominations, including Best Actor (Brando)
1972: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Supporting Actor (Duvall). 4 Nominations
1972: National Board of Review: Best Supp. Actor (Pacino) & Top Ten Films
1972: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Best Director
1972: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Adapted Drama Screenplay
1972: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Film & Special David (Al Pacino)
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