Godfather 1-Coppola Edition

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Francis Ford Coppola's epic masterpiece features Marlon Brando in his Oscar-winning role as the patriarch of the Corleone family. Director Coppola paints a chilling portrait of the Sicilian clan's rise and near fall from power in America, masterfully balancing the story between the Corleone's family life and the ugly crime business in which they are engaged. Based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel and featuring career-making performances by Al Pacino, James Caan and Robert Duvall, this searing and brilliant film garnered ten Academy Award nominations, and won three including Best Picture of 1972.


Studio Paramount
SKU 208357056
UPC 097361329147
UPC 14 00097361329147
Format DVD
Release Date 5/31/2011
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 1547
Based On A Novel
Essential Cinema
Family Interaction
Family Relations
Organized Crime
Period Piece
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Based on the bestselling novel by Mario Puzo (who co-wrote the screenplay with director Francis Ford Coppola), THE GODFATHER tells an epic tale of Mafia life in America during the 1940s and '50s. Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) is the family patriarch balancing a love of his family with an ambitious criminal instinct. At the wedding of the Don's daughter, Connie (Talia Shire), youngest son Michael (Al Pacino) is reunited with his family. A subsequent assassination attempt leaves the Don too ill to run the family business, forcing Michael and Sonny (James Caan), with the help of consigliere Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall), to lead the Corleones into a vendetta-filled war with other mob families. Violent revenge ensues as the family tries to change from its old criminal ways into legitimacy.^Coppola's certified masterpiece, which won three Oscars (including Best Picture) and spawned an Oscar-winning sequel (THE GODFATHER PART II), set a new screen standard for merging blood-soaked violence with intimate family drama. In the process, Coppola single-handedly established the Mafia as an industry in film and television (GOODFELLAS, THE SOPRANOS). Featuring truly unforgettable performances, including the Best Actor-winning Brando, the riveting Pacino, and an unexpectedly dramatic Diane Keaton, THE GODFATHER is the pinnacle of Hollywood cinema in the 1970s.
Plot Summary
Summary Based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel, THE GODFATHER is Francis Ford Coppola's Mafia masterpiece. The film tells the story of the powerful Corleone family, headed by patriarch Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando). Coppola sets a new standard for cinematic violence intercut with Italian-American family life. Al Pacino, in his breakout role, is riveting as youngest son Michael, a war hero turned ruthless gangster. The musical score by Nino Rota along with such classic lines as, "I made him an offer he couldn't refuse," make this epic mobster movie unforgettable.
Entertainment Weekly Rating: A 05/31/1996 p.67,"Brando turns from Method to myth, with an Oscar-winning performance so calculatedly eccentric and full of inspired surprises that his character stands apart from all the others..." 07/16/2004 p.31
Chicago Sun-Times "...Gordon Willis' cinematography is celebrated for its darkness; it is rich, atmospheric, expressive..." 03/16/1997 p.5
Premiere "[A] superlative achievement....[With] Gordon Willis's exquisitely dark Technicolor cinematography..." 12/01/2003 p.11
Total Film "[Brando] astounded just about everyone with his performance 03/01/2004 p.5
Francis Ford Coppola
Robert Duvall
Al Pacino
Diane Keaton
Marlon Brando
Cast & Crew
John Cazale - Star
Sterling Hayden - Star
Richard Bright - Star
Sofia Coppola - Star
Robert Duvall - Star
Vito Scotti - Star
Richard Castellano - Star
Richard Conte - Star
Tony Giorgio - Star
Rudy Bond - Star
Al Pacino - Star
Angelo Infanti - Star
Diane Keaton - Star
Morgana King - Star
Saro Urzi - Star
Marlon Brando - Star
Joe Spinell - Star
Abe Vigoda - Star
James Caan - Star
Gianni Russo - Star
Talia Shire - Star
Al Lettieri - Star
Julie Gregg - Star
Alex Rocco - Star
John Marley - Star
Franco Citti - Star
Carlo Savina - Music Director
William H. Reynolds - Editor
Anna Hill Johnstone - Costume Designer
A. D. Flowers - Special Effects
Mario Puzo - Screenwriter
Nino Rota - Composer
Philip Smith - Set Designer
Warren Clymer - Art Director
Gordon Willis - Director of Photography
Sass Bedig - Special Effects
Francis Ford Coppola - Screenwriter
Albert S. Ruddy - Producer
Mario Puzo - Source Writer
Dick Smith - Special Effects
Paul Baxley - Stunts
Dean Tavoularis - Production Designer
Peter Zinner - Editor
Joe Lombardi - Special Effects
Philip Rhodes - Makeup
Francis Ford Coppola - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1972
Catalog ID 132914
UPC 00097361329147
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 175 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Oscar (1973) Al Pacino, Nominee, Best Actor in a Supporting Role,Albert S. Ruddy, Winner, Best Picture,Francis Ford Coppola, Nominee, Best Director,Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium,Marlon Brando, Winner, Best Actor in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (1973) Francis Ford Coppola, Winner, Best Director - Motion Picture,Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo, Winner, Best Screenplay,Marlon Brando, Winner, Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama,Nino Rota, Winner, Best Original Score,The Godfather, Winner, Best Motion Picture - Drama
Grammy (1973) Nino Rota, Winner, Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or TV Special
British Academy Awards (1973) Nino Rota, Winner, Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Rarely can it be said that a film has defined a genre, but never is that more true than in the case of The Godfather. Since the release of the 1972 epic (which garnered ten Academy Award nominations and was named Best Picture), all "gangster movies" have been judged by the standards of this one...If The Godfather was only about gun-toting Mafia types, it would never have garnered as many accolades. The characteristic that sets this film apart from so many of its predecessors and successors is its ability to weave the often-disparate layers of story into a cohesive whole. Any of the individual issues explored by The Godfather are strong enough to form the foundation of a movie. Here, however, bolstered by so many complimentary themes, each is given added resonance. The picture is a series of mini-climaxes, all building to the devastating, definitive conclusion...Rarely does a film tell as many diverse-yet-interconnected stories. Strong performances, solid directing, and a tightly-plotted script all contribute to The Godfather's success. This motion picture was not slapped together to satiate the appetite of the masses; it was carefully and painstakingly crafted. Every major character - and more than a few minor ones - is molded into a distinct, complex individual. Stereotypes did not influence Coppola's film, although certain ones were formed as a result of it.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review We know from Gay Talese's book Honor Thy Father that being a professional mobster isn't all sunshine and roses. More often, it's the boredom of stuffy rooms and a bad diet of carry-out food, punctuated by brief, terrible bursts of violence. This is exactly the feel of "The Godfather," which brushes aside the flashy glamour of the traditional gangster picture and gives us what's left: fierce tribal loyalties, deadly little neighborhood quarrels in Brooklyn, and a form of vengeance to match every affront...The remarkable thing about Mario Puzo's novel was the way it seemed to be told from the inside out; he didn't give us a world of international intrigue, but a private club as constricted as the seventh grade. Everybody knew everybody else and had a pretty shrewd hunch what they were up to...The movie (based on a script labored over for some time by Puzo and then finally given form, I suspect, by director Francis Ford Coppola) gets the same feel. We tend to identify with Don Corleone's family not because we dig gang wars, but because we have been with them from the beginning, watching them wait for battle while sitting at the kitchen table and eating chow mein out of paper cartons...Coppola has found a style and a visual look for all this material so "The Godfather" becomes something of a rarity: a really good movie squeezed from a bestseller.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
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Desson Thomson, The Washington Post A great American picture, full of incredible images and lasting moments.
Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle ...a landmark in American cinema...an enduring, undisputed masterpiece.
Find-A-Video In Coppola's brilliant crime saga, the director transformed the lowly gangster drama into an American epic capable of rivaling the western.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Overflowing with life, rich with all the grand emotions and vital juices of existence, up to and including blood.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Pulp fiction raised to the highest level; a film of epic proportions, masterfully done, and set to Nino Rota's memorable music.
Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle Just about as great as a movie's ever gonna be...The Godfather is an intricately constructed gem that simultaneously kicks ass.
Vincent Canby, The New York Times One of the most brutal and moving chronicles of American life ever designed within the limits of popular entertainment.

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