Big Screen Classics: The Godfather

Rated R, 175 min. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, John Cazale, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire and Robert Duvall.

The Godfather is just about as great as a movie's ever gonna get. The 1972 best picture Oscar-winner is a great pulp drama co-authored for the screen by Coppola and novelist Mario Puzo (the script also won an Oscar). The casting is also great with Marlon Brando delivering one of the signature performances of his career (he, too, won an Oscar) and the very young Al Pacino seizing his screen destiny. In addition to the many great roles and characters in this movie, there's that eternally haunting Nino Rota score. As for Gordon Willis' celebrated cinematography, let me just say that if you've only seen this dark, atmospheric stuff on TV, you owe yourself the revelation of seeing this 25th anniversary re-release in a theatre. It's an offer you can't refuse. Read a full review of The Godfather.
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