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One Of The Best
- frank r. lopez
Crime family saga in epic form. If not the best film ever made it is right there at the top of filmmaking. A great cast and performances about 1950's Italian-American crime family. Multiple Academy Award winner and should have won more. Art/Set Direction is tops and cinematography is excellent. Extended version is available and should be viewed and compared. One of the top 5 films ever made and a must-see classic. I still cry every time Luca Brasi sleeps with fishes.
- DON RILEY
TCM And Fathom Events version on a Theater screen is many times better than any Television. This film must be seen in a theater if possible. The wedding sequences and the editing and film techniques employed by Coppola and Company must be seen in theaters for full effect. It is again vastly better than any television. I found the film to be of masterpiece level but it so negative............the final scenes are totally sacrilegious to the Roman Catholic church, but they are so well woven and perfect that it doesn't seem to matter. Also, in the big screen version the emergence of Michael as the boy genius of crime is so evident. His ability to understand to know full well, that the best councilor for his potential take over was no one else but his own father, not Tom Hagen. As the old don predicts his mortal enemy Barzini and the way in which Barzini would lure Michael to his death. Also, the friend I saw the film with noticed the scars that still existed at the film's end on Michael's face from Sterling Hayden's beating of him, which also reminded the Young Don to strike first.
- Vic Noto
Such a terrific movie and in MY observation one of the BEST cast films I've seen,which includes even the "Bit Parts".My 2 favorite characters in The Godfather weren't Italian,but the Biggest "Gangsters" of the story:Captain McCluskey played by STERLING HAYDEN and Jack Woltz played by JOHN MARLEY.
A Perfect Movie
- Tom N
"The Godfather", based on the novel by Italian-American author Mario Puzo, is the first of three movies directed by Francis Ford Coppola about the Corleone family and their criminal empire within New York City. The current Don, Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) is near retirement, and after refusing to loan money to a rival family to distribute drugs, attempts have been made on his life, and a gang war has begun. The time came for Vito to choose his heir, and he decided to choose his estranged son, former Marine Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), to take over as the new Don.When this movie came out in 1972, gone were the days of old gangster pictures of old starring Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson. This was a more complex and grittier look at a mafia family, the relationships between the higher ups, and loyalty to their don (a.k.a. their boss). Together, Coppola and Puzo created a dramatic story that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through, with little to no flaws whatsoever. Amongst audiences and critics, many consider this to be a "perfect movie". After seeing it for the first time when I was younger, they weren't lying. It's one of my top favorite movies, and I look forward to watching it whenever I get the chance.
This is culture shock. There are no good cops, no DA's, governors, molls, prisons, police chases, gamblers, rum-runners, reformers, G-Men, witnesses, juvenile delinquents, reporters, grand larceny allegations, prison bust-outs, shoot-outs, detectives, lineups. A triumph of Corman Gothic. Perfectly cast, acted and produced.
One Of My Favorite Films Of All Time
- Alex Krajci
The Godfather Is One Of My Favorite Films Of All Time, I Like This Film Better The Godfather: Part II And The Godfather: Part III.
- Dashiell Barnes
This Best picture winner is an excellent film that time will remember. Brando gives the performance of a generation, winning his last Academy Award. Cann, Duvall & Pacino are excellent as his sons, each earning Oscar nominations. Director Coppola & Puzo won for adapting the latter's successful novel to create a chillingly accurate account of the mafia lifestyle. A film that will live in the hearts & minds of all those who see this unforgettable film. I give it a 5/5.
Kudos to Paramount Pictures and Francis Ford Copolla for a great movie masterpiece. Marlon Brandois superb and The Godfather and a great cast of players all of whom would become Academy Award Winners and superstars: Al Pacino, Diane Keaton and Robert Duvall.
This is my favorite film of all-time... I could watch it over and over and never get tired of it.
The Godfather (1972)
The gangster movie genre hadn't been a sure fire thing since the days of James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, and Edward G. Robinson. This was no hindrance to Francis Ford Coppolla, who thought this was all the more reason to create a film adaptation from Mario Puzo's novel. The film is about how when Mafia leader Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando), is injured from a botched assassination attempt, his son and Mafia outsider Michael (Al Pacino) comes to his side and becomes involved in the family business, soon taking over. Nino Rota's score is unforgettable, the cinematography is phenomenal, the direction from Coppolla is great, and the script with immortal lines from 'I'm gonna make 'em an offer he can't refuse' and 'Leave the gun, take the cannolis', etc. is great as well. But the film's real MVPs are what anchored the film, Marlon Brando and Al Pacino. They make their characters immortal from Pacino's rightfully star making role to Brando's best role. Brando is so good in this that he makes his character as memorable as Rick Blaine, Scarlett O'Hara, Dorothy Gale, or Darth Vader. This is an offer you can't refuse.
It drags a little
My Favorite Film
Ever since I saw this film at my father's house a year ago,I knew that "The Godfather" had quickly become my favorite film of all time.The movie is completely flawless.I don't seen ANYTHING wrong with it or anything I would change if I had the opportuinity.It has an amazing premise about a family invloved in the mafia that slowly starts to falls apart because it has been threatened indirectly by an ever-changing society.The performances of Marlon Brando,Al Pacino,James Caan,Robert Duvall,Talia Shire,Diane Keaton,etc. are some of the greatest acting you will ever see in all of cinema history.Francis Ford Coppola's directing is impeccable and his shots are gorgeous.I could paise every aspect of this movie all day,but I will say this,who WOULDN'T love this movie?It has remorable scenes,characters,it has as much humor as it does drama,and it's not at all surprsing that this movie is one of many great milestones in the world of cinema.
What more can I say.....
I've seen this movie about 100 times and still enjoy it every time even though I pretty much know the entire dialogue. It is one of those movies that's just plain mezmorizing....the music score is instrumental in making it so captivating.One of the all time greats.
Beautiful cinematography and direction.
I used to hate this movie because just like every other greatest movie ever made, I thought that it was overrated and not interesting but after watching more and more I have come to appreciate this timeless film, the characters are so well developed and the story surpasses all the other dreadful gangster films. The story is still relevent today and still says so much about who we are as human beings and it still holds up much better then most 30 year old movies do. Oh I forgot, the cinematography is superb and each shot gives me chills and takes me to another place. I love this film, although it still is a bit overrated, I can't help but love it.
- mark rumpf
the godfather was more than a gangstermovie. it was a celebration of familyand personal honor and accountability.
An Offer you can't refuse.
The Godfather consists every element of what a phenomenal movie should have. Terrific performance by Marlon Brando and others. Great score by Nino Rota (love the song). Magnificent story, and very consistent with the novel. If you tell me otherwise, then you are a complete idiot, because it's ranked 3rd in best movie of all time by AFI. This is one of those movies that will make you obcess. Because my friend, it's an offer you can't refuse.