• Released
  • March 15, 1972
  • R , 2 hr 55 min
  • Drama
  • 3,084 Fan Ratings
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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100

San Francisco Examiner

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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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100

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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100

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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100

ReelViews

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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100

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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100

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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100

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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Rated R
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 15 & under The classic tale of a Mafia family, violence and all.
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