Movie Recommendations: #75

The Godfather(1972)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan,Robert Duvall,Talia Shire, Diane Keaton.

One of the greatest and most influential films  of all time, The Godfather is a crime drama film based on Mario Puzo’s bestselling novel of the same name.

The Godfather depicts the workings of a fictional New York crime family, the Corleones, with the powerful Don Vito Corleone(Marlon Brando) at its head. After a gang war results in Vito being shot, it is up to Vito’s youngest son, Michael(Al Pacino) assume leadership and protect the family.

Under the masterfully artistic direction of Francis Ford Coppola,the cast delivered marvellous performances.Marlon Brando was magnificent as Don Vito, a man whose influence and power knows no bounds. Al Pacino was brilliant as his character transformed from a reluctant outsider into a ruthless Mafia kingpin.

The film won three Academy Awards-Best Picture,Best Actor for Brando,and Best Adapted Screenplay.The Godfather is a film not to be missed by even the most reluctant of movie-watchers.

Fun Fact

Paramount studio heads were opposed to casting Marlon Brando due to his reputation for difficulty and his long string of box office flops.

Eventually three conditions were set for his casting: That he would have to take a fee far below what he typically received; he’d have to agree to accept financial responsibility for any production delays his behaviour cost; and he had to submit to a screen test.He  was signed for a low fee of $50,000.

The Godfather was a mid-career turning point for Brando, putting him back in the Top Ten Box Office Stars and winning him his second Best Actor Oscar.


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