The Godfather (1972)

Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) is the head of the New York-based Corleone Mafia family and Godfather to all in his family.  With politicians and judges on his books, he is a powerful man and keeps the aspirations of his friends and family alive with violence and intimidation to those that dare oppose them.  When a rival family present a drug-trafficking scheme to the Don and ask for his support, he cannot accept as he considers himself a moral man and drugs to be immoral - as well as bringing heat from the cops.  The other family does not take too kindly to his refusal, and plan to assassinate the Don to have better luck from his successor.

Our Rating: 10/10 - Still a classic after all these years
Watchability: 8/10 - Weird seeing Robert Duvall with hair!
Contributed By: JT
Tagline: An offer you can't refuse

Release Date: 1972-03-24
IMDb icon 9.2/10
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English | Italian | Latin
  • Runtime: 255
  • Budget: $6,000,000
  • Revenue: $134,966,411
  • Production: Paramount Pictures
Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
Don Vito Corleone
Al Pacino
Al Pacino
Michael Corleone
James Caan
James Caan
Sonny Corleone
Richard S. Castellano
Richard S. Ca...
Clemenza
Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
Tom Hagen
Sterling Hayden
Sterling Hayd...
Capt. McCluskey
John Marley
John Marley
Jack Woltz
Richard Conte
Richard Conte
Barzini
Al Lettieri
Al Lettieri
Sollozzo
Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton
Kay Adams
Abe Vigoda
Abe Vigoda
Tessio
Talia Shire
Talia Shire
Connie
Gianni Russo
Gianni Russo
Carlo
John Cazale
John Cazale
Fredo

After the unsuccessful assassination attempt on the Don, and Luca's death, Michael returns to the family and takes a greater interest in the family business.

Michael protects his father while he is in hospital, but suffers a broken jaw from the police captain. In retaliation, Sonny orders a hit on the rival Tattaglia's family - killing the Mob boss's son.

A meeting is called - Michael is taken in a car to a restaurant with the police captain and Sollozzo. They already knew the location, and a gun was hidden in the toilets. Michael returns after a quick break and shoots both men. He is then taken out the country for safety - to Sicily.  Fredo is sent off to Vegas.

Carlo beats his pregnant wife to get Sonny to come straight over for a trap, and on the journey past the toll road Sonny is gunned down.  Don is told of the death, and arranges a peaceful meeting with the Five Families to negotiate a truce.

In Sicily, Michael has fallen in love and married quickly - but it ends in tragedy when one of his bodyguards plants a car bomb that kills his new wife.

At the meeting with the five families, Don is told of the drug plans again, and after pondering the negative effects of drug use agrees to help as long as the drugs are not sold to kids, and that Michael can return home. He also figures out that Barzini is behind the war, and not the other family.

After a year back home, Michael asks Kay to marry him, and is effectively running the business now the Don has semi-retired.  While playing with his grandson outside, the Don suffers a heart attack and dies.

Michael attends church to be Godfather to his sister's baby.  Meanwhile a series of hits have been planned concurrently - where most heads of the rival families are taken out, and all those who have been a traitor to the Corleone's - including Tessio, and Carlo (Michael's brother-in-law).

It ends with Michael as the new Godfather.

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