The Godfather is a 1972 crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy and is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Mario Puzo.
It follows Michael Corleone as he reluctantly, yet ruthlessly, rises to power when the reins of leadership are passed onto him by his father, Don Vito Corleone.
Why it Rocks
- Great acting.
- Marlon Brando gives one of the greatest movie performances of all times as Don Vito Corleone.
- It gave birth to many iconic movie quotes.
- It feels gritty and realistic.
- Fantastic writing.
- Excellent cinematography.
The Godfather currently holds a 99% "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 9.2 out of 10 and a critic consensus that reads "One of Hollywood's greatest critical and commercial successes, The Godfather gets everything right; not only did the movie transcend expectations, it established new benchmarks for American cinema." On Metacritic, it holds a 100/100 based on 15 reviews, meaning “universal acclaim”. Gene Siskel of The Chicago Tribune gave the film a four out of four stars and stated in his review "To permit us a glimpse at The Mob, with all of its ethnic insularity, is like giving a chronic gambler a chance to wander above the false mirrors that overlook every casino." Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times gave the film a four out of four stars as well and stated "The story by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola is a brilliant conjuring act, inviting us to consider the Mafia entirely on its own terms." Kenneth Turan of The Los Angeles Times stated "The Godfather is overflowing with life, rich with all the grand emotions and vital juices of existence, up to and including blood."
Awards and nominations
The Godfather was nominated for eleven Academy Awards including Best Film Editing. It won three including Best Picture. Marlon Brando won the Academy Award for Best Actor, but like George C. Scott did with Patton, he too refused to accept his Oscar due to poor treatment of Native Americans.