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The Godfather (1972)

aka The Godfather

"An offer you can't refuse."

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Details: 175 mins · English, Italiano, Latin, Czech · R (USA)

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great

This is a three hour movie, but I never notice when seeing it. It's just great - a great story and a fantastic cast. Reading the storys of how the production was approached by the real mafia just makes it more real.
It's most deserving that this by many is considered the best movie ever.

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An epic mafia movie

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Cast:

Small Don Vito Corleone
Small Michael Corleone
Small Santino 'Sonny' Corleone
Small Peter Clemenza
Small Tom Hagen
Small Captain Mark McCluskey
Small Emilio Barzini
Small Virgil 'Der Türke' Sollozzo
Small Kay Adams-Corleone
Small Salvatore "Sally" Tessio
Small Connie Corleone Rizzi
No_movie_poster Carlo Rizzi
Small Fredo Corleone
Small Jack Woltz
No_movie_poster Carmine Cuneo
Small Johnny Fontane
No_movie_poster Apollonia Vitelli-Corleone
No_movie_poster Philip Tattaglia
No_movie_poster Bruno Tattaglia
No_movie_poster Don Tommasino
Small Moe Greene
No_movie_poster Anthony Stracci
Small Michael Francis Rizzi
No_movie_poster Joe Zaluchi
Small Willie Cicci
Small Al Neri
Small Piano Player in Montage
No_movie_poster Nazorine
No_movie_poster Fabrizio
No_movie_poster Luca Brasi
No_movie_poster Calo
No_movie_poster Paulie Gatto
No_movie_poster Vitelli
No_movie_poster Wedding Party Guest
No_movie_poster Boy at Wedding
Small Street Extra
Small Boy on Street Who Attended Funeral
No_movie_poster Wedding Guest
No_movie_poster Extra
No_movie_poster Corleone Family Member
No_movie_poster Cowboy on the Set at Woltz's Studio

Crew:

No_movie_poster Albert S. Ruddy Producer
No_movie_poster Louis DiGiaimo Casting
Small Francis Ford Coppola Director
No_movie_poster Fred Roos Casting
Small Carmine Coppola Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Dean Tavoularis Production Design
Small Mario Puzo Author
No_movie_poster Gordon Willis Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Nino Rota Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster William Reynolds Editor
No_movie_poster Peter Zinner Editor
No_movie_poster Andrea Eastman Casting
No_movie_poster Howard Beals Sound Effects Editor
No_movie_poster Charles Grenzbach Sound Re-Recording Mixer
No_movie_poster Christopher Newman Production Sound Mixer
No_movie_poster Richard Portman Sound Re-Recording Mixer
No_movie_poster John C. Hammell Music Editor
No_movie_poster Pierre Jalbert Sound Editor
Small Francis Ford Coppola Writer
Small Mario Puzo Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Peter Zinner Editing

Taglines:

"An offer you can't refuse."

Plot:

On the day of his only daughter's wedding, Vito Corleone hears requests in his role as the Godfather, the Don of a New York crime family. Vito's youngest son, Michael, in a Marine Corps uniform, introduces his girlfriend, Kay Adams, to his family at the sprawling reception. Vito's godson Johnny Fontane, a popular singer, pleads for help in securing a coveted movie role, so Vito dispatches his consigliere, Tom Hagen, to the abrasive studio head, Jack Woltz, to secure the casting. Woltz is unmoved until the morning he wakes up in bed with the severed head of his prized stallion.

Shortly before Christmas 1945, drug baron Virgil "The Turk" Sollozzo, backed by the Corleones' rivals, the Tattaglias, asks Vito for investment in the emerging drug trade and protection through his political connections. Vito disapproves of drug dealers, so he sends his enforcer, Luca Brasi, to spy on them. The family then receives two fish wrapped in Brasi's vest, imparting he "sleeps with the fishes". An assassination attempt by Sollozzo's men lands Vito in the hospital, so his eldest son, Sonny, takes command. Sollozzo kidnaps Hagen to pressure Sonny to accept his deal. Michael thwarts a second assassination attempt on his father at the hospital, but is accosted by corrupt police captain McCluskey, who breaks his jaw; Sonny retaliates by having Tattaglia's son killed. Michael comes up with a plan to hit Sollozzo and McCluskey that his brother approves over Hagen's objections: on the pretext of settling the dispute, Michael lures the pair to a restaurant, retrieves a planted handgun and murders them.

Despite a clampdown from the authorities, the Five Families erupt in open warfare and the brothers fear for their safety. Michael takes refuge in Sicily, and Fredo Corleone is sheltered by associate Moe Greene in Las Vegas. Sonny attacks his brother-in-law Carlo on the street for abusing his sister Connie. When it happens again, Sonny speeds for her home but assassins ambush him at a highway toll booth and riddle him with machine gun fire.

Vito is saddened to learn that, despite his hopes, Michael has become involved in the family business. However, Michael has fallen in love with Apollonia Vitelli and married her in Sicily. His euphoria is shattered when a car bomb intended for him takes the life of his new wife.

To end the feuds, Vito meets with the heads of the Five Families, withdrawing his opposition to the Tattaglias' heroin business and swearing to forgo revenge for Sonny's murder. He deduces that the Tattaglias were under orders of the now dominant Don Emilio Barzini. With his safety guaranteed, Michael returns home and over a year later marries Kay. His father at the end of his career and his surviving brother too weak, Michael takes the reins of the family and promises his wife to make it legitimate within five years.

Biding his time, Michael allows rival families to pressure Corleone enterprises even as he plans to move family operations to Nevada, while delegating New York operations to members who stay behind. Hagen, upset when Michael replaces him with Vito, is mollified by the older man's reassurance about their long-range plans for him. When Michael travels to Las Vegas to buy out Greene's stake in the family's casinos, Greene derides the Corleones as a fading power. To add injury to insult, Michael sees Fredo falling under Greene's sway.

Vito collapses and dies in his garden while playing with Michael's son, Anthony. At the funeral, caporegime Salvatore Tessio arranges a meeting between Michael and Don Barzini, signalling his treachery as Vito had warned. The meeting is set for the same day as the christening of Connie's son, to whom Michael will stand as godfather. As the christening proceeds, Corleone assassins, acting on Michael's orders, murder the other New York dons and Moe Greene. Tessio is told that Michael is aware of his betrayal and taken off to his death. After Carlo is questioned by Michael on his involvement in setting up Sonny's murder and confesses he was contacted by Barzini, caporegime Peter Clemenza kills him with a wire garrote. Michael is confronted by Connie, who accuses him of having her husband killed. He denies killing Carlo when questioned by Kay, an answer she accepts. As Kay watches warily, Michael receives his capos, who address him as the new Don Corleone.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1972-03-24 : United States of America

Theatrical : 1972-03-15 : United States of America

Theatrical : 1972-03-22 : United States of America

Theatrical : 1972-07-15 : Japan

Theatrical : 1972-08-10 : Uruguay

Theatrical : 1972-08-24 : West Germany

Theatrical : 1972-09-14 : Italy

Theatrical : 1972-09-20 : Argentina

Theatrical : 1972-09-21 : Italy

Theatrical : 1972-09-27 : Sweden

Theatrical : 1972-09-29 : Finland

Theatrical : 1972-10-04 : Mexico

Theatrical : 1972-10-16 : Norway

Theatrical : 1972-10-18 : France

Theatrical : 1972-10-20 : Spain

Theatrical : 1972-11-02 : Australia

Theatrical : 1972-12-26 : Denmark

Theatrical : 1973-01-18 : Netherlands

Theatrical : Turkey

Theatrical : 1973-10-11 : Hong Kong

Theatrical : 1975-01-01 : Czechoslovakia

Theatrical : 1977-05-25 : South Korea

Theatrical : 1979-08-18 : Italy

Theatrical : 1980-01-24 : Hong Kong

Theatrical : 1982-03-25 : Hungary

Theatrical : 1990-11-01 : Australia

Theatrical : 1990-11-30 : Turkey

Theatrical : 1991-03-06 : Iceland

Theatrical : 1997-03-21 : United States of America

Theatrical : 1997-08-07 : Australia

Theatrical : 1998-08-14 : Mexico

Theatrical : 2004-06-19 : Japan

Theatrical : 2006-08-02 : France

Theatrical : 2009-09-25 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 2010-05-27 : South Korea

Theatrical : 2010-11-02 : Italy

Theatrical : 2011-06-17 : Spain

Theatrical : 2011-11-10 : Netherlands

Theatrical : 2011-11-24 : Argentina

Theatrical : 2012-03-01 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2012-10-19 : Taiwan

Theatrical : 2012-11-29 : Peru

DVD : 2001-10-09

2008-06-15 : Italy

2008-09-27 : Brazil

2008-10-23 : Italy

2010-02-05 : Canda