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The WHOLE cast is terrific, Helen Hunt's character had a much harder edge to it that her normal characters, which was surprisingly refreshing. This is a very dark movie, and is also very sad, but the point of the movie is that you can make a diffrence, but sometimes life just sneaks up on you, and gets you when you least expect it. It is not a feel-good movie, despite what some may have hoped for...but I ask, how can you think it's gonna be a fun, happy movie when Kevin Spacey's face looks like that? I mean, come on, people, get a clue! Anyway, yes the film is a very dark drama, but is absolutely wonderful. It is very sad, but if you're going to make a drama, it might as well be one that almost makes you cry, right?
My sole complaint is the music...I mean, what did the composer do, write one queue and just repeat it throughout the film? Now I've seen movies where they repeat one piece over and over, things like the theme in Brazil, but this was just pushing the limit...I mean, I'm not sure if I heard any scene, containing music, that wasn't that piece! He should NOT have gotten away with that, they paid him a lot of money, and all he did was write one queue, and then sit and do nothing!!
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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.