In late 1940's New York, Mafia 'Godfather' Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) gathers his three sons around him for daughter Connie (Talia Shire)'s wedding; the hot-headed Sonny (James Caan), ineffectual Fredo (John Cazale) and war hero Michael (Al Pacino), who chooses to distance himself from the family 'business'. When Vito is shot and wounded for refusing to sanction a rival family's heroin sales on his territory, Sonny temporarily takes over and embarks on bloody gang warfare. This results in him being killed in an ambush, and Michael finds himself nominated to succeed the ailing Vito.
This film has stood the test of time. Much less shooting and gore than more modern gangster films but the tension, implied threat, is great. Well worth watching again.
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One of the, if not THE, best films ever.
- The Godfather review by NC
Saw this when it was released, in New Orleans. Full version. The whole thing was just continuous involvement. Brilliant acting, photography, and the best soundtrack ever.....all the way through. The mix of family and violence balanced.
Marlon got really huge after this. By the time of Apocalypse, he had to filmed in the shadows! You only need the face and voice at the end of the day! Who could get away with that today? Zero............