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The Godfather

by

Mandy Heiser

The Godfather
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Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) is head of the New York Mafia Family. When a gangster supported by the Sollozzo Mob family tells Don Vito of his plan to start selling narcotics around New York, Don Corleone is disguisted. Don Vito hates the idea of drugs, and believes "drugs are a dirty business". He wishes to continue the gambling and protection services that made him his riches. The gangster is outraged, and an attempt is made on the Don's life. Sollozzo then kidnaps one of his advisors (Robert Duvall) and tries to get him to force Don's son Sonny to agree to let him sell drugs, but the plan goes wrong when he finds out Don Corleone is still alive. We truly start the story when Don Vito's son Michael (Al Pacino), who was previously uninvolved in the family business, takes over in his father's absence...

Mob movies don't get better than this, in fact, films in general don't get better than this. The film runs three hours, but it doesn't seem like it when you're watching it. Although Marlon Brando gets all the credit, Pacino steals the show. After all, Brando has only about 20-30 minutes screen-time, tops! That's 30 minutes out of three hours!! Anyhow, the acting, sets, dialogue are all as good as you can get. Pacino is wonderful, as always. You can definitely see why The Godfather won 1972's "Best Picture". Full of rich dialogue, breathtaking sets and beautiful acting, Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece will be one you'll never forget.

My Rating = Four Stars


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