Monday, February 15, 2010

Capsule Review: The Godfather (1972)

Perhaps the most influential crime film ever made, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather has been endlessly imitated and parodied but has lots little of its ability to astound and transfix audiences. Many scenes – the horse's head in the bed, the murder of Sonny Corleone, and almost everything said by Marlon Brando’s Don Corleone – have entered into the public’s collective consciousness, and the epic subject matter is matched by the quality of the performances onscreen. Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall and a supporting cast that all rise to the occasion. Iconic from beginning to the end of its epic running time. Followed by a sequel that may even be better.

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