Film: The Godfather

Opened: March 24, 1972

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Starring: Marlon Brando, Morgana King, James Caan, John Cazale, Al Pacino, Talia Shire, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Gianni Russo, Richard Castellano, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte & Abe Vigoda

You should never mess with someone else’s family, but especially not when the patriarch is a mafia boss.

Over a ten-year period, The Godfather follows the life of the Corleone family. With Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) as head of the family, different crimes are undertaken. His youngest son Michael (Al Pacino) re-enters the family business after serving as a Marine in World War II.

From start to finish, this film is an absolute masterpiece. Director Francis Ford Coppola combines the script with action so well that even the slower parts don’t feel slow. The passage of time allows audiences to connect with the characters on a deeper level.

Featuring Oscar-winner Brando in the lead, this film also kick-started the careers of future legends Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall and Diane Keaton.

Final say: Don’t mess with the family. ★★★★★

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