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Released on March 24, 1972, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather was supposed to be a “special kind of failure” according to Coppola in a recent interview. Instead, The Godfather would be regarded as the second-best film in American Cinema behind Citizen Kane. At a budget of almost $7.2 million, this film made almost $300 million and spawned two sequels: The Godfather Part II and The Godfather Part III.

The Godfather has been talked about since 1972 and we are still talking about it today! It has been parodied, quoted, and influenced many aspects of popular culture. It revitalized Marlon Brando’s career and made icons out of Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, James Caan, Talia Shire, John Cazale, Al Martino, and many others.

What else can be said about this film? If you haven’t seen it before, spend a night watching it! Unlike the fast-paced action and storytelling of today’s films, The Godfather shows that you don’t need a quick delivery to a well-oiled and steady plot. It also shows what’s really up with treasonous characters, intrigue, and trust.