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The Godfather

by

Roger Davidson

Godfather, The
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One of the greatest epics of all time, Coppola's story traces the violent life and times of Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) and his powerful family. The film also tracks the rise of Brando's heir, Michael (Al Pacino) from a gentle man, who wants nothing to do with his family, to one of the most cunning, ruthless and cold-blooded men ever to come on the screen. Other great characters include Michael's two brothers, the cowardly Fredo (John Cazale) and the hot-tempered Sonny (James Caan) and the adopted brother (Robert Duvall) who is the consigliari (lawyer) of the Don's empire. Some famous scenes include the horse-head scene, the gunning-down of Sonny and, of course, Brando's famous promise of making somebody an offer they can't refuse.

What can I say. Great stars like Pacino, Brando, Caan, Diane Keaton, Sterling Hayden, Talia Shire and Duvall giving some of the best performances of their career, a fantastic screenplay based upon Mario Puzo's novel and excellent direction by Coppola, make this a compelling film all the way through. It's like a Martin Scorsese film in a way. The story is about people you don't ever want to meet and yet the filmaker makes it interesting enough that you do care for some of the characters. I'd have to say that a film with Brando and Pacino has got to be an interesting film.

My Rating = Four Stars


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