THE GODFATHER Double Feature

Director Francis Ford Coppola
Year 1972
Starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan
Rating R
Run Time 378min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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See both films in the epic crime saga back-to-back!

THE GODFATHER

One of the most loved, acclaimed and popular films of all-time THE GODFATHER feels just as fresh and groundbreaking today as it did in 1972. It made Al Pacino a star, it cemented Marlon Brando as the acting force of his generation and shed light on the unique and overflowing talent of Coppola. Over the years the film is mostly known in pop culture for Brando's puffy cheeks and the immense bloodshed throughout (including that infamous horse's head).

What shouldn't be forgotten, though, is that Coppola and writer Mario Puzo crafted one of the most emotional and complex studies of family, loyalty and morality ever put on film. Whether it's your first time or fiftieth experiencing THE GODFATHER you can't help but be moved by one of the greatest films ever made. (R.J. LaForce)

THE GODFATHER, PART II

A completely different film from its predecessor in terms of narrative structure and tone THE GODFATHER, PART II fulfills the cliché of being a sequel that delivers and, in some ways, surpassing the original. Following the drama surrounding the Corleone family at the end of the first film, PART II takes two decidedly unexpected detours: One into history, the other into politics.

In the present much of the film’s focus is on the FBI investigation of the mob in New York, predominantly the sects lead by Michael Corleone (Al Pacino). In the past the film tells the story of a young Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro). These time framing devices make the film’s 3-plus hour runtime fly by and the Vito story gives deep emotional context and resonance not only to this film, but the THE GODFATHER as well. Coppola parallels the life and transformation of Michael Corleone to that of his father.

Coppola weaves all of these narrative threads together masterfully and achieves the unbelievable task of making a film worthy enough to follow his earlier masterpiece. A wholly different experience in every respect.  It’s less mythic, but much more epic, both in emotion and scope. One of the most ambitious sequels ever made. (R.J. LaForce)

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