the godfather movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Not at all! The phenomenal cast and entertaining pace are big factors, but it’s the music, style and story about a Mafia family. Expect strong violence, some language and sex in this 70s gangster classic!


The patriarch of a New York City mafia family decides to hand the control of his empire down to his reluctant youngest son.

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Movie details

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte
Writer: Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo
Release Date (Australia): 2 November 1972
Runtime: 175 minutes/2h 55m
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (M)

The film contains adult themes and crime themes relating to assassination and revenge. A man wakes up and finds the severed head of his horse at his feet.

Violence (MA15+)

There are blood sprays and blood detail as a result of shooting and stabbing violence.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film includes occasional coarse language such as uses of the words “bitch”, “goddamn”, “ass” and “bastard”.

Drug Use (PG)

The film includes references to drug dealing, marijuana and heroin.

Nudity (M)

There is a single depiction of a woman’s breasts.

Sex (M)

The film includes implied sex scenes and verbal references to sexual intercourse.

mpaa rating

R (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

This classical story of a Mafia family is classified as one of history’s greatest movies, and without surprise, The Godfather truthfully lives up to the continuous reverence it deserves and thankfully receives. It’s very long, but it’s seriously an amazing crime tale guaranteed to keep you absorbed. However, some audiences will certainly ask what elements are placed throughout this 70s drama to collect such extraordinary fame.

Well the talented Al Pacino delivers a simply phenomenal performance in this love letter to fans of crime classics, executing the son of the head of a Mafia family who is provided with his father’s role. All the other actors and actresses are stunning, too. Another factor of the film that’s entirely unthinkable for someone to dislike is definitely the classical soundtrack and theme. A lot of credit needs to belong to Nino Rota, who intelligently wrote the stylish music.

But wait, there’s much more! Obviously the stunning visuals are loveable and so are the onscreen actions, but behind the camera, Francis Ford Coppola is responsible for the direction. Plus even though you’ve probably heard it more than a billion times, The Godfather is incredibly entertaining and a must-watch for Mafia movie lovers. See this masterpiece in the cinema with popcorn, in which you’ll sense its effect all around you. But prepare yourself for the nearly-3-hour runtime, because it isn’t quick. It’s also a little overhyped…

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