The Godfather | Chicago Reader

The Godfather

The ultimate family film. Francis Ford Coppola gives full due to the themes of clannish insularity that made Mario Puzo's novel a best seller, though his heart seems to be with Al Pacino's lonely, willful isolation. This 1972 feature is sharp, entertaining, and convincing—discursive, but with a sense of structure and control that Coppola hasn't achieved since. With Marlon Brando, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, and Diane Keaton.



  • Francis Coppola


  • Marlon Brando
  • Al Pacino
  • James Caan
  • Richard Castellano
  • Robert Duvall
  • Sterling Hayden
  • John Marley
  • Richard Conte
  • Diane Keaton
  • Al Lettieri
  • Abe Vigoda
  • Talia Shire
  • Gianni Russo
  • John Cazale
  • Rudy Bond
  • Al Martino
  • Morgana King
  • Lenny Montana
  • John Martino
  • Richard Bright
  • Alex Rocco
  • Vito Scotti
  • Tere Livrano
  • Victor Rendina
  • Jeannie Linero
  • Julie Gregg
  • Ardell Sheridan
  • Simonetta Stefanelli
  • Angelo Infanti
  • Corrado Gaipa


  • Francis Coppola
  • Mario Puzo


  • Gray Frederickson
  • Albert S. Ruddy

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