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The Godfather 1
United States 1972
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Screenplay: Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo
Producer: Gray Frederickson, Albert S. Ruddy
Cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, Daine Keaton
Genre: Crime, Drama

Running Time: 175
Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1 (NTSC )
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English
Features: From Blu-Ray 720p
Studio:  Paramount DVD Region:  1 R
DVD Release:  Oct 2001 Discs:  1 (Cloud) []
Reviews:  I don't understand why so many rank "The Godfather" as there number one favorite film, and I mean those in the film industry. Me, I rank a couple of films above "The Godfather:" "Once Upon a Time in America" and "The Untouchables." Sergio Leone and Brian DePalma took great pains to realize their concept onto film.

~ kevin scott slack
The story begins as "Don" Vito Corleone, the head of a New York Mafia "family", oversees his daughter's wedding. His beloved son Michael has just come home from the war, but does not intend to become part of his father's business. Through Michael's life the nature of the family business becomes clear. The business of the family is just like the head of the family, kind and benevolent to those who give respect, but given to ruthless violence whenever anything stands against the good of the family. Don Vito lives his life in the way of the old country, but times are changing and some don't want to follow the old ways and look out for community and "family". An up and coming rival of the Corleone family wants to start selling drugs in New York, and needs the Don's influence to further his plan. The clash of the Don's fading old world values and the new ways will demand a terrible price, especially from Michael, all for the sake of the family.

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