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The Godfather

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Synopsis

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Cast

  • Marlon Brando
  • Al Pacino
  • James Caan
  • Richard S. Castellano
  • Robert Duvall
  • Sterling Hayden
  • John Marley
  • Richard Conte
  • Al Lettieri
  • Diane Keaton

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Diane Keaton based much of her portrayal of Kay Adams on Francis Ford Coppola's wife, Eleanor Coppola.
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Goofs

  • When the package of dead fish is placed in Sonny's lap, the position of his hands changes in close-up.
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Quotes

    • [speaking to himself, practicing his speech]
    • Luca Brasi: Don Corleone, I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to your home on the wedding day of your daughter. And may their first child be a masculine child.
    • [then, starting over]
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Metacritic

100

The wedding sequence... is a virtuoso stretch of filmmaking: Coppola brings his large cast onstage so artfully that we are drawn at once into the Godfather's world.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
100

Brando made Don Vito something we rarely see in movies: a tragicomic villain-hero, a vulnerable hood. The don is so close to a comic character -- the movie itself is so close to comedy -- that Brando's capacity to move us in the role is doubly impressive. At the end, it is the older Godfather's tenderness and sagacity we recall. [21 Mar 1997, Friday, p.A]

Metacritic review by Michael Wilmington
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune