/ Crime Movie
Based Upon the novel by Mario Puzo.
"Mr. Corleone is Johnny's godfather. To the Italian people, that is a very religious, sacred, close relationship."Tom Hagen to Woltz
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
: Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo
. Adapted from the novel
The Godfather by Mario Puzo.
Music: Nino Rota
Running time: 175 minutes
Minor Spoilers Below: Go watch the movie!
Best Movie of All Time!... as voted upon by the users of imdb.com...and it makes top 5 for most everyone else's lists.
This movie follows the exploits of the Corleone family, one of the five major Mafia families in New York City, right after the end of World War II.
This movie portrays the Mafia from the inside. It shows us a group of folk loyal to the Godfather, a patriarch who metes out wisdom and justice. A man who is willing to help out his friends in need, and expect perhaps nothing in return other than another favor owed back.
"You shall have your justice. Some day, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do me a service in return. Until that day, consider this justice a gift from my wife, your daughter's godmother." -Don Vito Corleone to Bonasera
Granted, the justice dished out in this movie is hardly the type that most people think of when they hear the word. But Coppola is brilliant in making us sympathize with these violent criminals. He convinces the audience that those who run up against the judgement of the family deserved what was coming to them.
One scene which does this quite well is when we see Don Corleone (Brando) arguing that they should stay out of Narcotics. Liquor, Gambling, Women, these are victimless crimes. But to the Don, drugs are a dirty business, and it is best to keep his hands out of it.
The movie follows the actions that the Godfather's sons are forced to take in order to protect their father, and the rest of their family, when the Godfather is injured by a would-be assassin.
Coppola's attention to detail is amazing. Every little thing is arrayed just so, to either convince you that it really is New York in the middle 40's, or as a piece of subtle symbolism that, when they all add up, hammer his point through. Aren't subliminal messages fun?
This movie was one of the few that was able to achieve both critical acclaim, and box-office success. It received the following Academy Awards and Nominations:
While this movie was hardly the original Mafia / Gangster movie, it certainly revitalized the genre, setting the stage for classics such as Goodfellas, The Usual Suspects, Scarface, and of course, The Godfather Part II & III. It was one of the first steps leading to the Glorification of Organized Crime in popular culture.
It also had a tremendous effect on the careers of most of the actors in it. It made the careers of Pacino and Keaton, vaulting them into the spotlight from relative obscurity. It was also the defining role for most of the other actors, most notably Marlon Brando. Whenever people think of Brando, one of two things usually pops to mind, his appearance in A Streetcar Named Desire, or The Godfather, and for most people it's The Godfather.
Oh yes. And another thing I've noticed while doing a little research for this node. The general consensus is that you have no right to call yourself a man if you haven't seen this movie. Ladies, you're still fine, but you guys had better see it.
Marlon Brando Don Vito Corleone
Al Pacino Michael Corleone
Diane Keaton Kay Adams Corleone
Robert Duvall Tom Hagen
Richard S. Castellano Peter Clemenza
James Caan Santino 'Sonny' Corleone
Sterling Hayden Police Captain McCluskey
Talia Shire Constanzia 'Connie' Corleone-Rizzi
John Marley Jack Woltz
Richard Conte Don Emilio Barzini
Al Lettieri Virgil 'The Turk' Sollozzo
Abe Vigoda Sal Tessio
Gianni Russo Carlo Rizzi
John Cazale Frederico 'Fredo/Freddie' Corleone
Rudy Bond Ottilio Cuneo
refused his award, sending an actress portraying an American Indian
in his stead, who passed along the message that he didn't want this, his 2nd Academy Award, due to the portrayal of Indians in the Cinema
: That's right, Three freaking different nominations from one movie in the same category. Wooha!