In the early 1900s, the young Vito flees Sicily for America after the local Mafia kills his family. Vito struggles to make a living, legally or illegally, for his wife and growing brood in Little Italy. There he kills the local Black Hand Fanucci after he demands his customary cut of the tyro's business. With Fanucci gone, Vito's stature grows. The family legacy is upended by Michael's business expansion in the 1950s. Now based in Lake Tahoe, Michael conspires to make inroads in the Las Vegas and Havana pleasure industries by any means necessary. As he realizes that even his allies are trying to kill him, the increasingly paranoid Michael also discovers that his ambition has crippled his marriage to Kay and turned his brother Fredo against him. Barely escaping a federal indictment, Michael decides to turn his attention to dealing with his enemies, completing his own corruption.
MPAA rating: R.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1974.
Based on the novel "The Godfather" by Mario Puzo.
Special features: Commentary by director Francis Ford Coppola.
Director of photography, Gordon Willis ; art director, Angelo Graham ; editors, Barry Malkin, Richard Marks, Peter Zinner ; music, Nino Rota ; costume designer, Theadora Van Runkle ; production designer, Dean Tavoularis ; special effects, A.D. Flowers, Joe Lombardi.
Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Talia Shire, Lee Strasberg, Michael V. Gazzo, G.P. Spradlin, Richard Bright, Gaston Moschin, Tom Rosqui.
DVD, region 1, widescreen (16:9) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby mono.
English or dubbed French dialogue, English subtitles; closed-captioned.
Academy Awards, USA, 1975: Oscar - Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Robert De Niro); Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Dean Tavoularis, Angelo P. Graham, George R. Nelson); Best Director (Francis Ford Coppola); Best Music, Original Dramatic Score (Nino Rota, Carmine Coppola); Best Picture (Francis Ford Coppola, Gray Frederickson, Fred Roos); Best Writng, Screenplay Adapted From Other Material (Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo).
Consensus: Drawing on strong performances by Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, Francis Ford Coppola's continuation of Mario Puzo's Mafia saga set new standards for sequels that have yet to be matched or broken.
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