In 1945 New York, Talia Shire, the daughter of syndicate chieftain Marlon Brando marries Gianni Russo. During the ceremony, Brando tends to business which includes the future welfare of godson Al Martino, a singer. Brando's adopted son Robert Duvall, a lawyer, sees to it that movie producer John Marley cooperates. When Brando is wounded in a clash with rival "families," youngest son Al Pacino takes a hand. He kills rival Al Lettieri and crooked police Capt. Sterling Hayden, then hides in Sicily. After beating up Russo for abusing Shire, brother James Caan is murdered. Pacino's young wife Simonetta Stefanelli is also killed before the youngest son can return home. With Brando retired, Pacino takes over and sets up operations in Nevada. He marries old sweetheart Diane Keaton. Brando dies and Pacino orders all of his rivals, big boss Richard Conte included, to be assassinated during the christening of Shire's baby. Now the Godfather, Pacino settles matters with Russo by having loyal Richard Castellano kill him.
Tie in with the Mario Puzo novel, Fawcett Publications' paperback edition of the book, Paramount Records' soundtrack album and "The Godfather" theme on 45 rpm discs. Have a "films of Marlon Brando" contest.
"The Godfather" is now a movie... The most talked about movie of our time! FLASHBACK: March 27, 1972
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Paramount 177 mins.