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The Godfather -- The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
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The Godfather -- Clip: Michael, Fredo and Moe Green
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Writers:
Mario Puzo (screenplay) and
Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
24 March 1972 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
An offer you can't refuse. See more »
Plot:
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 31 wins & 19 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Masterpiece See more (2430 total) »


Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mario Puzo's The Godfather" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
"Godfather" - Japan (English title)
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Runtime:
175 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
DTS (re-release) | Mono
Certification:
Argentina:16 (2011 re-rating) | Argentina:18 (original rating) | Australia:R (original rating) | Australia:MA15+ (re-rating) (2008) | Austria:16 | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Manitoba) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:14A (Alberta) (2010) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (2007) | Chile:14 (re-release) | Colombia:18 | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1988) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1972) | France:12 | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIB | Hungary:16 | Iceland:16 | India:A | Ireland:18 | Israel:PG | Italy:T | Japan:R-15 | Japan:G (2010) | Mexico:C | Mexico:B15 (2013) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Philippines:R-18 | Poland:15 | Portugal:17 (original rating) | Portugal:M/18 (re-rating) | Russia:16+ | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Spain:13 (re-rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2008) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) | USA:R (PCA #23101) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
The scene of Michael and Kay Christmas shopping required 143 extras, in addition to period cars. The streetlights were replaced to match the period at $1,000 a pop, as well as street signs. Sixty crew members were present.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: After shooting McCluskey and Sollozzo, Michael walks into the camera.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Bonasera:I believe in America. America has made my fortune. And I raised my daughter in the American fashion. I gave her freedom but I taught her never to dishonor her family. She found a "boy friend," not an Italian. She went to the movies with him. She stayed out late. I didn't protest. Two months ago he took her for a drive, with another boy friend. They made her drink whiskey and then they tried to take advantage of her. She resisted. She kept her honor. So they beat her. Like an animal. When I went to the hospital her nose was broken. Her jaw was shattered, held together by wire. She couldn't even weep because of the pain. But I wept. Why did I weep? She was the light of my life. A beautiful girl. Now she will never be beautiful again.
[He breaks down at this point, and the Don gestures to his son to get him a drink]
Bonasera:Sorry...
[He regains his composure and carries on]
Bonasera:I went to the police, like a good American. These two boys were brought to trial. The judge sentenced them to three years in prison, and suspended the sentence. Suspended sentence! They went free that very day! I stood in the courtroom like a fool, and those two bastards, they smiled at me. Then I said to my wife, "For justice, we must go to Don Corleone."
Don Corleone:Why did you go to the police? Why didn't you come to me first?
Bonasera:What do you want of me? Tell me anything. But do what I beg you to do.
Don Corleone:What is that?
[Bonasera gets up from his seat and whispers into the Don's ear; for a long moment the Don is silent]
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Batman: Year One (2011) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Bells of St. Mary'sSee more »

248 out of 365 people found the following review useful.
A Masterpiece, 6 August 2006
Author: The-Other-Monkey from Casa Nostra

This must rank as the best film (along with part 2)of all time.An ensemble performance that has no weak spot.

Particularly, John Cazale ( Fredo) and Richard Castellano ( Clemenza) give wonderfully understated performances. You just have to believe that Castellano WAS Clemenza, he brings a real touch to his role.

John Cazale brings the troubled Fredo to life, and you can see the weak Fredo desperately trying to live up to the family reputation but knowing that he can never be what his father wants.

The story of one man's reluctance to be drawn into the murky family business,and his gradual change through circumstance, paints a vivid picture of this violent period of US history.

Do not miss this film!

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