The Godfather (The Coppola Restoration)

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Director:
Francis Ford Coppola
Released:
1972
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The Godfather (The Coppola Restoration) is one of the highest award winning movies to have ever been played on the big screen. Whenever graced with the chance to watch The Godfather (The Coppola Restoration), you must for this is an offer you cannot refuse. This spine-chilling, must-watch, epic of a movie steps into the life of the organized crime family- the Corleone's. This classic mobster film ranks among other greats like Scarface, Goodfellas, and Casino. Francis Ford Coppola's epic masterpiece features Marlon Brando in his Oscar-winning role as the patriarch of the Corleone family. Francis Coppola envisioned this masterpiece in which a Sicilian clan rises and nearly falls from power within America. He manages to balance the Corleone family story with that of the brutal organized crime business they partake in.The casting was perfect and since the original filming has spawned two other sequels. The movie is based on Mario Puxo's best-selling novel and featuring career-making performances by Al Pacino, James Cann and Robert Duvall, this searing and brilliant film garnered ten Academy Award nominations, and won three including Best Picture of 1972.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times 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.

  • 100

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    One of the most brutal and moving chronicles of American life ever designed within the limits of popular entertainment. [16 Mar 1972]

  • 80

    Variety

    Overlong at about 175 minutes (played without intermission), and occasionally confusing. While never so placid as to be boring, it is never so gripping as be superior screen drama.

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  • The Ultimate Movie Review! -- @tss5078

    8.0
    I'd never seen the Godfather prior to this weekend. A friend of mine asked how I can consider myself a movie reviewer, when I haven't even seen the film that is widely considered to be the best of all-time. He had a point, so I decided to rent it and my verdict is it. While the Godfather is a tremendous epic drama, I really don't see how it is considered to be the best film ever made. It's a great story, with a superstar cast, which set the genre for all the mafia films that followed, but that in and of itself means the film is going to have problems. As with other mafia films, it's difficult to keep track of who's who in the large cast. It also moves rather quickly and viewers like myself are going to have a very difficult time of trying to follow the erratic timeline of the film. Some parts move at a snails pace, while other just fly by, and what is with the music? The soundtrack is almost as acclaimed as the film, but honestly if I had to hear that song one more time, during this three hour epic, I may have gone out and killed someone myself. For those unfamiliar with the story, it follows the evolution of the Corleone family, as they transition from one leader to the next. The story is fantastic and is the furthest thing from predictable that you will ever find. It is filed with classic scenes and renowned performance from Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, but I really have a hard time calling such a complicated story with that much violence, the best of all-time. The Godfather is a terrific movie, and I'm glad that I finally got to see it, but in a word, the film is overrated.moreless

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    • Sonny: : Did he... did Clemenza tell you to drop the gun?
      Michael: : Yeah, a million times.

    • Don Corleone: : : I hope you don't mind the way I keep going over this Barzini business.

      Michael: No, not at all.
      Michael: : No, not at all.
      Don Corleone: : It's an old habit. I spent my whole life trying not to be careless. Women and children can afford to be careless, but not men.

    • Clemenza: : The negotiator's at my house playing pinochle with some of my men, he's happy. They're letting him win.
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    • Michael: : [teaching Apollonia to drive] It's safer to teach you English!
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    • Peter Clemenza: : [to Rocco who has killed Paulie in the car]
      Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.
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    • Sonny: : Hey, listen, I want somebody good - and I mean very good - to plant that gun. I don't want my brother coming out of that toilet with just his dick in his hands, alright?
      Clemenza: : The gun'll be there.

    • Sonny: : Goddamn FBI don't respect nothin'.

    • Calo: : In Sicily, women are more dangerous than shotguns.

    • Sollozzo: : I don't like violence, Tom. I'm a businessman; blood is a big expense.

    • Emilio Barzini: : [during a meeting with the Five Families] Times have changed. It's not like the Old Days, when we can do anything we want. A refusal is not the act of a friend. If Don Corleone had all the judges, and the politicians in New York, then he must share them, or let us others use them. He must let us draw the water from the well. Certainly he can present a bill for such services; after all... we are not Communists.

    • Michael: : My father is no different than any powerful man, any man with power, like a president or senator
      Kay Adams: : Do you know how naive you sound, Michael? Presidents and senators don't have men killed.
      Michael:: Oh. Who's being naive, Kay?

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Classics, Crime