Classic Movie Review: The Godfather (1972)

This week on Classic movie reviews we will be looking at Mario Puzo’s The Godfather. The 1972 film (directed by Francis Ford Coppola) depicts the Italian Mafia in the early 1940s and their rise in New York. The cast is as follows:

  • the-godfather-andrew-corrazzaDon Vito Corleone – Marlon Brando
  • Sonny Corleone – James Caan
  • Michael Corleone – Al Pacino
  • Tom Hagen – Robert Duvall
  • Connie Corleone – Talia Shire
  • Fredo Corleone – John Cazale
  • Carmela Corleone/ Mama Corleone – Morgana King
  • Richard  S. Castellano – Peter Clemenza
  • Diane Keaton – Kay Adams-Corleone


The story starts off with Don Corleone in his private study listening to requests of people on his daughter’s wedding day for the Don’s help with whatever the case will be because “No Sicilian Can Refuse Any Request on His Daughter’s Wedding Day.” Don Corleone then wants to take a photograph with his family and new son-in-law but then refuses because his youngest son, Michael, isn’t at the party yet. Michael was serving as a Marine in World War 2 and returned to the states after his duty and attended his sister’s wedding in his dress uniform with his girlfriend Kay. This movie is about family, deception, and honor because those are some of the biggest Mafia principles. This movie receives 5 out of 5 stars because of the portrayal of the Italian-American Mafia in the early to mid 1940s and how the Mafia would’ve acted to certain events.


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