The Godfather follows the highs and lows of the Corleone crime family and their decades-long involvement with the mafia. You’ve definitely heard Marlon Brando’s portrayal of mob boss Don Vito Corleone spoofed – all soft spoken and puffy cheeked. Al Pacino meanwhile plays Michael Corleone, Vito’s son and the first family member to graduate from college. Eager to settle down with his girlfriend Kay (Diane Keaton) and resentful of the family business, Michael is eventually drawn into taking over the troubled clan. This 1972 classic is a rich portrait of family and loyalty in a world of increasingly fraught morality.
Why You Should See This Film
Regularly cited as one of the greatest American films ever made, The Godfather epitomises the American obsession with gangster films and provides a metaphorical critique of that other great U.S. passion: capitalism. Rare in that it was equally both a critical and commercial smash hit, The Godfather was nominated for ten Academy Awards (of which it won three, including Best Picture). Keep your eyes peeled for Sofia Coppola’s cameo as a newborn baby!
- Year: 1972
- Rating: R18
- Director: Francis Ford Coppola
- Cast: James Caan, Al Pacino, Marlon Brando
- Duration: 175 minutes
- Language: English