The Godfather Movie summary and analysis
Don Vito Corleone, head of a mafia family, decides to hand over his empire to his youngest son Michael. However, his decision unintentionally puts the lives of his loved ones in grave danger.
Francis Ford Coppola’s epic features Marlon Brando in his Oscar-winning role as the patriarch of the Corleone family. Director Coppola paints a chilling portrait of the Sicilian clan’s rise and near fall from power in America, masterfully balancing the story between the Corleone’s family life and the ugly crime business in which they are engaged. Based on Mario Puzo’s best-selling novel and featuring career-making performances by Al Pacino, James Caan, and Robert Duvall, this searing and brilliant film garnered ten Academy Award nominations and won three including Best Picture of 1972.
Directors: Francis Ford Coppola
Characters: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton
The Godfather is a series of three films about a fictional Mafia crime family, the Corleone Family. The first movie came out in 1972 and was based on Mario Puzo’s novel of the same name. It was followed by The Godfather Part II in 1974 and The Godfather Part III in 1990. Francis Ford Coppola directed the films and scripted them with Puzo. The first two films are widely considered to be among the greatest films of all time and the flagship of the New Hollywood, due to being the first film to portray gangsters seriously as dramatic figures of real complexity, with real depth of character, and tell the story from their perspective.
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