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The Godfather

  • Film
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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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.

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Release Details

  • Rated:18
  • Duration:175 mins

Cast and Crew

  • Director:Francis Ford Coppola
  • Screenwriter:Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola
  • Cast:
    • 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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