The Godfather

The Godfather

DVD - 1972
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Francis Ford Coppola's masterful adaptation of Mario Puzo's novel chronicles the rise and fall of the Corleone family in this gritty, celebrated and epic masterpiece. Featuring original provactive bonus materials plus the all-new disc of supplements created exclusively for the Coppola restoration.

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4536o
Oct 24, 2019

When released in 1972 The Godfather became a cultural sensation comparable to Gone With the Wind in 1939. Many of its famous lines, like, "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse" and "going to the mattresses" became cultural staples. Watching it now, nearly a half century later, the film has lost literally none of its cinematic impact.

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zigopolous
Sep 06, 2019

One of the greatest films of all time. Just as good today as it was in 1972

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greatflicks
Feb 05, 2019

Now this was a true 5 star movie, because it had everything. A great story, great acting, great producing and every aspect was terrific. Most movies that are entertaining really should be rated a 3 star, a bit above average a 4 and ones that are terrific and get awards are the true 5's.

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loella
Jan 01, 2019

The first time I saw this popular and influential movie--which was not when it was new--I disliked it pretty thoroughly, especially the underdeveloped characterization of all the principals. ("They gave Brando another Oscar for THIS!") My second viewing two nights ago was more appreciative, informed as it was by reading Mario Puzo's half-engrossing, half-boilerplate pop novel and the insightful comment in the introduction to the 25th anniversary edition of it. The comment encouraged looking at novel and movie as constituting an apotheosis of the then quickly waning hippie-radical counterculture, which saw its dream of constituting a fiercely loyal unconventional "family" valorized by the Corleones. Of course, the Corleones are less a hippie commune than they are a Manson Family able to get away with murder after murder, and the strict hierarchy of the Corleone Family is a very far fetch from hippie egalitarianism--then again, so was the real-hippie Mel Lyman Family.

But I still don't think The Godfather is a great movie. It is beautifully made, with cinematography, in particular, as highly mannerist as German expressionist production design. Problem is, the mannerist manners tend to put an (imaginary) ornate picture-frame around every shot, which makes the whole production seem consequential. Seem, not be. --Ray Olson

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VonHafenstaaad
Dec 17, 2018

This is a rare case where I think the sequel is superior to the original.

Pacino's performance is top notch, but De Niro's portrayal of a young Vito Corleone was probably the highlight for me. The parallel stories, the cycles of beginnings and endings and new beginnings, and strong, individualistic character arcs for many, many characters make for a deep story, rich with intrigue, suspense, and mystery.

The artistry is superb, camera work, sound, etc. are all masterful and will draw you in and fix your attention throughout this 200 minute behemoth of a classic.

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VonHafenstaaad
Dec 17, 2018

This is one of those great classics that absolutely everyone needs to see. I've seen it about 6 times and it never gets old.

Fantastic movie, but hard to watch in certain places. One questions whether the actors were really acting, or if the camera crew just decided to film an argument gone south. The direction is art of the highest caliber.

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lReaderl
Aug 01, 2018

Great movie--was a little slow at first since the audience was thrust into the whole business operation in the midst of a wedding. The overall story was well produced, with dynamic characters. Violent at times but a roller coaster of unexpected (of who will be targeted/die next), and enjoyable.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 05, 2018

This movie will always be known as one of the most classic and incredible movies of all time. Dating back to the 1970’s, this movie follows an Italian mob family with an extensive history of violence and crime. After the youngest son of the mob boss, Michael, reluctantly joins the family business, he is sucked in deeper to the cycle of crime while trying to maintain a semi-normal relationship with his wife, Kay. The characters and lines in this movie are unforgettable and showcase many outstanding performances. I would rate this film 5/5 stars and recommend it to anyone who wants to see a cinematic masterpiece. @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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lukasevansherman
May 02, 2018

Can we pretend this movie doesn't exist?

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reginator_22
Jan 16, 2018

Michael Corleone: I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!

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reginator_22
Jan 16, 2018

Just when I'm out, they pull me back in
-Michael Corleone

EmilyBoban Nov 10, 2015

"Leave the gun, take the cannoli."

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Darth777Vader
Sep 04, 2014

Don Corleone: I`m gonna make him a offer he can`t refuse

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Monolith
Sep 30, 2012

(Part II) Michael Corleone: "Fredo... you're nothing to me now. ...You're not a brother, you're not a friend. I don't want to know you, or what you do. I don't want to see you at the hotels, I don't want you near my house. When you see our mother, I want to know a day in advance, so I won't be there. You understand?" (walks away)

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Monolith
Sep 30, 2012

(Part II) (Vito returns years later to Sicily and meets Don Ciccio, the man who murdered Vito's family) Don Ciccio: "What's your name?" Vito Corleone: "My name is Vito Corleone." Don Ciccio: "Vito Corleone! Ha ha ha! You took the name of this town. And what's your father's name?" Vito Corleone: "His name was... Antonio Andolini." Don Ciccio: "Louder. I don't hear so good." Vito Corleone: "My father's name was Antonio Andolini... and this is for you!" (tears his stomach open with a knife)

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Monolith
Aug 04, 2012

Don Corleone: "...I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse."

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Monolith
Aug 04, 2012

Jack Woltz: "Tell your boss he can ask for anything else, but this is one favor I can't grant him." Tom Hagen: "Mr. Corleone never asks a second favor once he's refused the first, understood?"

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Monolith
Aug 04, 2012

(Tessio brings in Luca Brasi's bulletproof vest, delivered with a fish inside) Sonny: "What the hell is this?" Clemenza: "It's a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes."

Don Corleone: My wife is crying upstairs. I hear cars coming to the house. Consigliore of mine, I think it's time you told your Don what everyone seems to know.

Tom Hagen: I didn't tell Mama anything. I was just about to come up and wake you so that I could tell you.

Don Corleone: But you needed a drink first.
And now you've had your drink.

Tom Hagen: They shot Sonny on the causeway. He's dead

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May 27, 2019

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Nov 23, 2015

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Jun 12, 2008

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jabey
Jun 12, 2008

Violence: People are shot at with guns.

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corydee2
Apr 01, 2008

Violence: Shooting and killing.

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