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The Godfather

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 ... [+]
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United StatesUnited States M
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 (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
"Brando made Don Vito something we rarely see in movies: a tragicomic villain-hero" POS
United StatesUnited States M
Vincent Canby
The New York Times
"One of the most brutal and moving chronicles of American life ever designed within the limits of popular entertainment"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
"Coppola crafted an enduring, undisputed masterpiece"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
"Sharp, entertaining, and convincing--discursive, but with a sense of structure and control that Coppola hasn't achieved since"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Desson Thomson
The Washington Post
"A great American picture, full of incredible images and lasting moments"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
A.D. Murphy
"[It] has excellent production values, flashes of excitement, and a well-picked cast. But it is also overlong (...) and occasionally confusing. While never so placid as to be boring, it is never so gripping as to be superior screen drama."  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Arthur Knight
The Hollywood Reporter
"Essentially, 'The Godfather' is the projection of a myth, not a fact. But it is myths — not facts — that make a fortune."  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian
"A measured, deathly ­serious epic (...) A big-screen must (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom F
Angie Errigo
"An intricately constructed tapestry of narrative, emotion and the trials of a reluctant gangster (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
SpainSpain FilmAffinity It was initially announced, on February 12, 1973, that The Godfather received 11 nominations, more than any other film that year. This was reduced to 10 nominations (tied with Cabaret for the most) after a new vote by the Academy's music branch, following a controversy over whether Nino Rota's score for The Godfather was eligible for the nomination it received. So the nomination was withdrawn, and ineligible: reused Fortunella score; replaced by a nomination for "Sleuth". DIS
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