The Godfather Synopsis
Based on the novel about the fictional Mafia family in the 1940s.
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TV Guide

The Godfather is a generational saga; it's also an action film; but above all, it catches the imagination of audiences because it suggests...
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San Francisco Examiner

A handbook on cinematic lucidity. All events are described clearly. Motives of all the characters are set right there on the table next to...
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Film Threat

By 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...
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L.A. Weekly

By F. X. Feeney
The Godfather traces the arc of this doomed idealism with a beauty that is still fresh.
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Austin Chronicle

By 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...
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By James Berardinelli
The picture is a series of mini-climaxes, all building to the devastating, definitive conclusion... It was carefully and painstakingly...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By 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...
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Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
Overflowing with life, rich with all the grand emotions and vital juices of existence, up to and including blood. And its deaths, like that...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Brando made Don Vito something we rarely see in movies: a tragicomic villain-hero, a vulnerable hood. The don is so close to a comic...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
In scene after scene -- the long wedding sequence, John Marley's bloody discovery in his bed, Pacino nervously smoothing down his hair...
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Renewed love

By msmiley32
OMG...I loved the clarity of the sound and visuals. I heard the cat pur and the insects in the Sicilian background. I loved the movie all over again...

The Godfather

By nawogcm
Enjoyed the film. More exciting watching it on the bigscreen. Actually jumped when the nurse came into the hospital room. Felt the wedding in the beginning was a little too long. All the actors...

A timeless classic like you have never seen before

By Reggaeman
Seen this sooo long ago that I forgot half of the movie. what a great way to see a classic on the giganto xd screen. The enhanced sound was great, the visuals were great and the story - what can you...

Still an Offer You Can't Refuse

Saw The Godfather yesterday. Great restoration, tremendous sound. Heard several things I had never heard before. The quality of this film is still top notch. A must see. Looking forward to GFII next...

Wonderful restoration and digital 4k showing

By md1611
Saw this at the Penn Cinema Riverfront in Wilmington, DE. The print was wonderfully done, looked like film even though it was a 4k digital showing. The film itself has lost a little over the years...

The Godfather

By aandrade370
This movie was awsome, had seen it before but never like last night. I recomend it. It brings out different emotions. This monvie is excellent to go see with a friend and significant other. I love Al...


By dchilaw27
I have seen the movie plenty of times on videotape and DVD but this was my first time seeing it on the big screen. Unbelievable experience. It's amazing that 40 years later it still holds up and is...

Absolutely 5 Star; definitely a MUST SEE!

By OperaGhostPhan
Ok, so maybe I'm a little older (I like to think 'more mature'), but I remember the original release, and how thrilling, how well directed, how well acted (when Brando really was at his best) it was....

I loved it!

By traci1219
The Godfather is still one of the best movies, even after 40 yrs. Seeing it on the big screen was just amazing. Even after seeing this movie many, many times I still can't get over the preformances...

All time great

By probs
One of the greatest movies ever filmed. Top notch cast....

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Rated R
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says The classic tale of a Mafia family, violence and all.
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