9,2 of 10 star.
director Francis Ford Coppola.
Release Year 1972
Are you kidding me? This movie is at best a 6 on a good day. The mere fact that this movie continually shows up on AFI’s Top Ten list tells me that action and brutality are preferred by Americans over plot and acting. It is a decent film but nothing more. There is no way it is in the same league as “Gone with the Wind. Casablanca” or “Lawrence of Arabia. It angers me every time this movie gets voted # 2 on some movie list. Al Pacino and Brando are good, but it was not the best work that either of these actors produced. It is an entertaining film like “Indiana Jones” and “National Treasure” but it is not a classic. It is important to remember that just because a film is popular does not mean that it is a great movie. If you enjoy mob movies this one is probably the best of a bad lot in the modern era, but the older films with Bogart, Cagney, and Robinson put this film to shame. I will be delighted when people one day realize the true worth of this film.
The era of the gangster arrived with the foundation of a strong individual who wanted to make all organized gangs subservient to a single power. Although the idea was not totally unique as some historians have accredited it to ‘Legs Diamond, Dutch Shultzs or it might have originated with Mr. Maranzano, Masseria, Luciano or even Al Capone. Whoever the originator, the consensus leans towards a traditional Italian family which emigrated from Italy and who revised the custom in America of the secret society of ‘Omerta.’ Influenced by such a society, Mario Puzo developed a dramatic story called “The Godfather” about a successful Patriarch, Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) from Italy who founded an Olive Oil business and expanded it into other less legitimate areas including, strong arm protection, extortion, prostitution and gambling. Now with the family’s fortune expanding and gaining political influence as well, the head of the family wishes to transfer his power to his eldest son, Santino’ Corleone (James Caan) and retire. However, a new opportunity arrives in the form of an Italian mobster named, Virgil ‘The Turk’ Sollozzo( Al Lettieri) who wants to start importing illegal drugs. Advised by his step-son, Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) that despite the danger, there is a fortune to be made in the trade. Refusing to get involved, the Don becomes a target for Emilio Barzini (Richard Conte) and other rival families and is plunged into a gang war, resulting in his own assassination and the attacks of many including his eldest son. That’s when his youngest son Michael Corlone (Al Pacino) enters the family business and has a major task ahead. While this immense sage expands over the years and the American countryside, the family develops despite major setbacks, but as Michael promises, I’m gonna wait till I become a Godfather, then I will initiate my plan.’ The movie has established itself as a monumental Classic and become immensely popular, spawning other similar films and catch-phrases such as “I’m gonna make him an Offer, he can’t refuse.” A dramatic action film which reminds us, a movie can make heroes as well as scapegoats out of arriving immigrants.
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