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The Godfather

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
United States, 1972
Crime, Drama


In this Oscar-winning chronicle of a Sicilian mafia dynasty, The Corleones, the aging patriarch attempts to entrust the family business onto his youngest son, Michael, an idealistic WWII hero hesitant to follow in his father’s footsteps. Based on the novel by Mario Puzo.

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The Godfather Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1973 | 3 wins including: Best Picture

1973 | 8 nominations including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

National Board of Review

1972 | 2 wins including: Best Supporting Actor

BAFTA Awards

1973 | 4 nominations including: Best Actor

Directors Guild of America

1973 | Winner: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Coppola, melding old-school craftsmanship with youthful bravado, built an astonishing picture around these actors. There are some great movies you want, or need, to see only once or twice in a lifetime, but The Godfather stands up to repeated viewings, revealing yet more riches from the shadows each time.
July 20, 2015
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There is much in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather that marks it as the beginning of a new era in American cinema: its fix on violence, physical and psychological, as the core of contemporary life; its expansive, dispassionate, almost sociological account of the workings of a criminal institution; the boldly deep tones and colours pioneered by cinematographer Gordon Willis.
August 01, 1997
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Gordon Willis's brilliant cinematography—Rembrandt by way of Manhattan—made it acceptable for studio-made color films to be as shadowy and moody as the black & white noirs had been earlier. Where would classic paranoiac thrillers be without that added palette? Its flowing, epic structure, courtesy of Mario Puzo's screenplay and Coppola's subtle, no-nonsense direction, remains a model of classic storytelling.
October 03, 2008
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