Double Feature

The Godfather

The Don Is Dead

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The Godfather

Nominated for 11 Academy Awards and winning for Best Picture, Best Actor (Marlon Brando), and Best Adapted Screenplay, Francis Ford Coppola’s influential mafia masterpiece The Godfather remains the gangland epic against which all others are judged. Based on Mario Puzo’s bestseller, the film tracks a violent decade in the Corleone crime family, including patriarch Vito (Brando) and sons Sonny (James Caan), Fredo (John Cazale), and Michael (Al Pacino), while tracing the moral arc of the once-reluctant youngest heir as he ruthlessly rises to power.

The Godfather is overflowing with life, rich with all the grand emotions and vital juices of existence, up to and including blood.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“Francis Ford Coppola has made one of the most brutal and moving chronicles of American life ever designed within the limits of popular entertainment.” – Vincent Canby, The New York Times

Director
Francis Ford Coppola
Starring
Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, Al Lettieri, Diane Keaton, Abe Vigoda, Talia Shire, Gianni Russo, John Cazale
Year
1972
Rated
R
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
176 minutes

The Don Is Dead

Universal Pictures’ response to the huge success of Paramount’s The Godfather was this mean shoot-em-up mafia vengeance story that could’ve been out of the 1930’s were it not for the merciless cruelty and buckets of blood depicted. Helmed by ace genre master Richard Fleischer and scored by the inimitable Jerry Goldsmith, The Don is Dead stars Anthony Quinn as the head of a crime organization who oversees a tenuous peace, but ignites a gang war with his heir apparent (New Bev favorite Robert Forster) over the love of a beautiful singer. Power abhors a vacuum and every hot headed gangster in town wants a piece of what’s coming to them!

Director
Richard Fleischer
Starring
Anthony Quinn, Frederic Forrest, Robert Forster, Al Lettieri, Angel Tompkins
Year
1973
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
115 minutes

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