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The Godfather (1972)

Written By Awir Aditya on Saturday, June 12, 2010 | 12:41 AM

Genre: Crime/Drama

Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall

Italian organised crime on the east coast of America is dominated by Don Vito Corleone (Brando) who has most of the politicians and lawyers in his pocket. His elder son Santino 'Sonny' Corleone (Caan) helps him in the business along with his consigliere Tom Hagen (Duvall). Don Corleone's younger son, Michael (Pacino) is a World War II war hero and stays away from the family business. The Don gets a proposition to deal in drugs and narcotics, which he puts down because he finds it too dangerous. Sonny wants to go ahead with the deal because of the huge profit that lies inside it but the Don sees a more long term danger and refuses the deal. The drug peddlers are not happy because without the Don's consent, they wont be able to distribute in New York. The Don is attacked and is heavily injured and Michael has no option but to assist his brother and avenge his fathers attack. The movie has developed a cult following over the years and at no point of time can you ever imagine that you are watching a movie of another era. Marlon Brando and Al Pacino have put together an absolutely unmatchable performance that each new generation is bound to appreciate till the end of mankind. Its not a movie where you have attitude-filled, gun-trotting mafias gunning down anybody that crosses their path. It is a movie that calls for your attention and wants you to listen to every line that is said. The movie, however, is slightly longer than one would like it to be and hence you may just find your attention wandering at times. An all-time classic adaptation of Mario Puzzo's famous book by the same name.

Thumbs up: Great performances and amazing plot
Thumbs down: A bit too long

Rating: 8.5/10
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