1972 movie, first of the trilogy recounting the story of the Corleone crime family
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  • The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy, based on Mario Puzo's best-selling eponymous novel. It stars Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as the leaders of a fictional New York crime family. The story, spanning 1945 to 1955, chronicles the family under the patriarch Vito Corleone (Brando), focusing on the transformation of Michael Corleone (Pacino) from reluctant family outsider to ruthless mafia boss.

    Awards Received

    1972 Best Picture, granted by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy Award for Best Picture

    Cast and Crew

    Robert DuvallTom Hagen
    Al PacinoMichael Corleone
    Francis Ford CoppolaDirector

    Video Products

    The Godfather, 11 May 2004
    The Godfather DVD Collection, 23 Apr 2004
    5-disc box set, includes all three Godfather films plus additional release material
    The Godfather - The Coppola Restoration (1972), 23 Sep 2008


    Arts and Movies [PDF], by Murray Rothbard (Mr. First Nighter), The Libertarian Forum, Jan 1973
    Reviews the movies of 1972 and offers recommendations for the best (for the record, Godfather won Best Picture, Brando won Best Actor --but refused it, Coppola and Duvall were nominated for Best Director/Supporting Actor but did not win)
    Related Topic: The Oscars
    Freedom's Flicks: The 20 Best Libertarian Movies of all Time, Nov 1999
    The Orange County Register picks movies for "freedom lovers"
    "20. The Godfather (1972). When you outlaw drugs and gambling, you get corrupt politicians and cops, murder, and great gangster movies."
    Mafia Movies, by Murray Rothbard, The Rothbard-Rockwell Report, Nov 1990
    Contrasts The Godfather's I and II with Goodfellas
    "But the great classic, the definitive, superb Mafia movie was The Godfathers I and II, in which Francis Ford Coppola poured out a work of genius, grounded in his own and novelist Mario Puzo's cultural history ... The Godfathers were perfection: an epic world, a world of drama and struggle, tautly organized and memorably written, beautifully and broodingly photographed ..."
    Related Topic: Anarcho-Capitalism


    Arts and Movies [PDF], by Murray Rothbard (Mr. First Nighter), The Libertarian Forum, Jun 1972
    Reviews of Sometimes a Great Notion and The Godfather
    "The Godfather is one of the great movies of the last several years, and its enormous popularity is eminently well deserved. In the first place. it 1s a decidedly Old Culture movie, or 'movie-movie'; it is gloriously arriere-garde, and there is not a trace of the avant-garde gimmicks and camera trickery that have helped to ruin so many films in recent years. It is a picture with heroes and villains, good guys and bad guys; there is not a trace of the recently fashionable concern with the 'alienation' of shnooks and cretins searching endlessly for a purpose in life. The pace is terrific, the suspense and plot and direction and acting all excellent. Many of the lines are memorable, and 'we're going to make him an offer he can't refuse' has already burned its way indelibly into American culture."
    Related Topic: United States Presidents
    The Godfather trilogy (1972, 1974, 1990), by Stephen W. Carson
    "... the Godfather movies bring those who are willing to the recognition of the true nature of men in power. Underneath all the pomp and circumstance, all the glad-handing and talk of serving the people, the various gangsters in power over us ultimately always have 'an offer that you can't refuse.' ... If you thought these were just gangster films, you missed the point."

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