Coppola's award-winning adaptation of Mario Puzo's novel about a fictional Mafia family in the late 1940s. Revenge, envy, and parent-child conflict mix with the rituals of Italian mob life in America. Minutely detailed, with excellent performances by Pacino, Brando, and Caan as the violence-prone Sonny. Film debut of Coppola's daughter Sophia, the infant in the baptism scene, who returns in "Godfather III." The horrific horse scene is an instant chiller. Indisputably an instant piece of American culture. Followed by two sequels.
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Available on VHS
Running time 171 minutes.
Oscars 1972: Actor (Brando), Adapt. Screenplay, Picture; AFI 1998: Top 100; Directors Guild 1972: Director (Coppola); Golden Globes 1973: Actor--Drama (Brando), Director (Coppola), Film--Drama, Screenplay, Score; Natl. Bd. of Review 1972: Support. Actor (Pacino), Natl. Film Reg. 1990;; N.Y. Film Critics 1972: Support. Actor (Duvall); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1972: Actor (Pacino); Writers Guild 1972: Adapt. Screenplay.
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