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The Godfather

The Godfather – 1972
Francis Ford Coppola

Mario Puzo (novel)
Mario Puzo (screenplay) and
Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay)

Gray Frederickson associate producer
Albert S. Ruddy producer

Marlon Brando – Don Vito Corleone
Al Pacino – Michael Corleone
James Caan – Santino ‘Sonny’ Corleone
Richard S. Castellano – Pete Clemenza (as Richard Castellano)
Robert Duvall – Tom Hagen
Sterling Hayden – Capt. Mark McCluskey
John Marley – Jack Woltz
Richard Conte – Emilio Barzini
Al Lettieri – Virgil Sollozzo
Diane Keaton – Kay Adams
Abe Vigoda – Salvadore “Sally” Tessio
Talia Shire – Connie
Gianni Russo – Carlo Rizzi
John Cazale – Fredo
Rudy Bond – Ottilio Cuneo
Al Martino – Johnny Fontane
Morgana King – Mama Corleone
Lenny Montana – Luca Brasi
John Martino – Paulie Gatto
Salvatore Corsitto – Amerigo Bonasera
Richard Bright – Al Neri
Alex Rocco – Moe Greene
Tony Giorgio – Bruno Tattaglia
Vito Scotti – Nazorine
Tere Livrano – Theresa Hagen
Victor Rendina – Philip Tattaglia
Jeannie Linero – Lucy Mancini
Julie Gregg – Sandra Corleone
Ardell Sheridan – Mrs. Clemenza
Simonetta Stefanelli – Apollonia Vitelli-Corleone
Angelo Infanti – Fabrizio
Corrado Gaipa – Don Tommasino
Franco Citti – Calo
Saro Urzì – Vitelli

Review by Jack Gattanella

The Godfather (1972)

A Masterpiece,
The Godfather is Franis Ford Coppolla’s best work (next to Apocalypse Now) and is one of the best films I have ever seen. It shows a way of life not shown before this film was released and most likely it shocked them as much as it shocked me.

The Acting (among many other things) highlight this film-noir including Marlon Brando in his best performance ever as the man himself, Don Corleone. Who after getting wounded (and running out of good quotes) hands his “business” over to his son Michael (in a well done performance by Al Pacino). The film goes on long, but after watching it a few times, you hardly notice it at all.Every time I watch this film it gets better because I notice something I didn’t notice the last time I saw it and thanks to that it gets me more hyped every time I watch it.

With a beautiful score, terrific acting, and great directing and writing by Coppolla (based on Mario Puzo’s best-selling novel) this film belongs not only a place in film history, but in world history as well.

A Masterpiece of a film. A++

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