The Godfather

Film, Thrillers
5 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

An everyday story of Mafia folk, incorporating a severed horse's head in the bed and a number of heartwarming family occasions, as well as pointers on how not to behave in your local trattoria (i.e. blasting the brains of your co-diners out all over their fettuccini).

Mario Puzo's novel was brought to the screen in bravura style by Coppola, who was here trying out for the first time that piano/fortissimo style of crosscutting between religious ritual and bloody machine-gun massacre that was later to resurface in a watered-down version in The Cotton Club. See Brando with a mouthful of orange peel. Watch Pacino's cheek muscles twitch in incipiently psychotic fashion. Trace his rise from white sheep of the family to budding don and fully-fledged bad guy. Singalong to Nino Rota's irritatingly catchy theme tune. Its soap operatics should never have been presented separately from Part II.

By: GA


Release details

175 mins

Cast and crew

Francis Ford Coppola
Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola
Richard Castellano
Robert Duvall
Marlon Brando
John Cazale
Diane Keaton
Richard Conte
Al Lettieri
John Marley
Sterling Hayden
Al Pacino
James Caan
Talia Shire
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