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Marlon Brando , Al Pacino , James Caan
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Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Written by: Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola from Mario Puzo's novel

Released: 1972
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Length: 175


The son (Al Pacino) of a gangster (Marlon Brando) takes over.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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A landmark in 70s cinema, if only because it proved that a movie of this weight could be a huge hit. It's certainly a bravura piece of direction with a superb performance by Pacino, a memorably hammy one by Brando, and brilliantly staged set pieces - but those critics who think it a great film seem to have confused detail and length with depth. As a parable about American free enterprise, it's facile and vacuous; and as insight into organised crime, it is extremely dubious. No wonder members of the Mafia loved it; it ends up celebrating the mob as a model of family life and corporate loyalty.

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