Godfather, The (1972)

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Djahuti
04/26/2010

Godfather, The (1972) 5

Although there have been many,many movies made about The Mob,long before this one and right up to today,The Godfather is arguably the most influential one.It deserves its status as a classic film,with excellent acting & fine directing throughout.

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FranksWildYear s
04/15/2010

Godfather, The (1972) 5

A great example of a film that had an impact on the popular culture of the day, was influential in the making of films in the almost four decades since it was released and still stands up as a great film upon viewing today. Probably defines the term "classic".

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edt4
01/10/2007

Godfather, The (1972) 5

Profound affect on the culture. After "The Godfather", mobsters for many Americans came to supplant cowboys as cultural icons. After "The Godfather", it became far easier for anti-Italian bigots to blame much of the crime in America on "Eye-talians" (although organized crime is, and always has been, comprised of every nationality there is). White-collar corporate crime, which costs our nation far more money than John Gotti or Frank Costello ever thought to steal in their wildest pipe-dreams, was easily forgotten as ambitious prosecutors prattled on knowingly about "Omerta" and "La Cosa Nostra" and "Gummares". What publicity was there in prosecuting a drab Wall Street executive or a corrupt Governmental factotum when every 2-bit criminal with a vowel on the end of his name could be elevated to a "capo" or a "consiglieri" or maybe even a "capo di tutti capi". Before "The Godfather", even the most powerful of Italian mobsters were basically regarded as crude, semiliterate thugs (not to mention murderous...there's nothing "honorable" about real-life mobsters; they've historically dealt in extortion, drugs, illegal disposal of toxic waste, irresponsible and unsafe building practices, pornography and various other forms of degrading exploitation without any sort of qualms or compunctions). After "The Godfather", Italian mobsters were regarded by many as omnipotent and omniscient (and "honorable"). As one mobster said, and I paraphrase, "After seeing that movie, would you ever think of trying something against Don Corleone? Hell, would you ever think of trying something against Marlon Brando?" Even mobsters themselves weren't immune. It's been commented upon that mobsters began suffering from what I believe is called "The Hawthorne Effect", where a person or culture under observation will begin behaving and/or talking in a manner that he/they believe is expected of them. Suddenly, mobsters began using dialogue from the movie, and emulating characters like Sonny Corleone or Don Corleone himself. Staten Island drug-dealer and low-level thug Gus Farace, responsible for the murder of DEA agent Everett Hatcher in 1989, was himself executed by mobsters distressed at the "heat" he was bringing down on them from law-enforcement. Supposedly, the last movie he watched before journeying to his messy end was a tape of "The Godfather". Philadelphia Mafia boss Philip "Chickenman" Testa was killed in 1981 when a bomb exploded at his house in South Philadelphia. A tape of "The Godfather" was prominently displayed in his videotape collection. Even today, aggressive white-collar "Yuppies" emulate their plebian, criminal counter-parts in watching and re-watching "The Godfather" with obsessive zeal. You have to wonder--- Did Michael Milken or Ivan Boesky see themselves as Hyman Roth? How many times did Jack Welch or Bernie Ebbers watch the film? Did Karl Rove ever sit alone in front of a TV set while it was on, muttering, "'Keep your friends close, your enemies closer'...that's genius, that's genius. Don Corleone is a man after my own heart..." Don't misunderstand me..."The Godfather" is truly a classic movie. But in many ways its affect has been unprecedented, as well as unfortunate. Now we have "The Sopranos". The tradition continues on...

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ma duron
01/10/2007

Godfather, The (1972) 5

Incalculably so to this day.

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