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The Godfather (1972)

Genres: Crime, Drama

Taglines: An offer you can't refuse.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Writers: Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo

Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard S. Castellano, ...

When the aging head of a famous crime family decides to transfer his position to one of his subalterns, a series of unfortunate events start happening to the family, and a war begins between all the well-known families leading to insolence, deportation, murder and revenge, and ends with the favorable successor being finally chosen.

100 | Marjorie Baumgarten

Just about as great as a movie's ever gonna be... As for the storytellng, The Godfather is an intricately constructed gem that simultaneously kicks ass.
Read More: Austin Chronicle

100 | James Berardinelli

The picture is a series of mini-climaxes, all building to the devastating, definitive conclusion... It was carefully and painstakingly crafted. Every major character - and more than a few minor ones - is molded into a distinct, complex individual.
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100 | Roger Ebert

The wedding sequence... is a virtuoso stretch of filmmaking: Coppola brings his large cast onstage so artfully that we are drawn at once into the Godfather's world.
Read More: Chicago Sun-Times

100 | Edward Guthmann

In scene after scene -- the long wedding sequence, John Marley's bloody discovery in his bed, Pacino nervously smoothing down his hair before a restaurant massacre, the godfather's collapse in a garden -- Coppola crafted an enduring, undisputed masterpiece. [21 Mar 1997, Daily Datebook, p.C3]
Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

100

One of the most brutal and moving chronicles of American life ever designed within the limits of popular entertainment. [16 Mar 1972]

100 | Desson Thomson

A great American picture, full of incredible images and lasting moments.
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100 | F. X. Feeney

The Godfather traces the arc of this doomed idealism with a beauty that is still fresh.
Read More: L.A. Weekly

100 | Dave Kehr

Sharp, entertaining, and convincing--discursive, but with a sense of structure and control that Coppola hasn't achieved since.
Read More: Chicago Reader

100 | Barbara Shulgasser

A handbook on cinematic lucidity. All events are described clearly. Motives of all the characters are set right there on the table next to the pasta for our consideration.
Read More: San Francisco Examiner

100 | Staff (Non Credited)

The Godfather is a generational saga; it's also an action film; but above all, it catches the imagination of audiences because it suggests that the career of a gangster is not so very different from the career of a businessman or a politician.
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100 | Ron Wells

One warning however: James Caan's shoulder hair, when seen on this size screen, may frighten children considerably (you'll at least want to discuss it openly after the show, answering any questions your kids may have in an honest and direct manner).
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80 | Staff (Not credited)

Overlong at about 175 minutes (played without intermission), and occasionally confusing. While never so placid as to be boring, it is never so gripping as be superior screen drama.
Read More: Variety