The Godfather | 1972

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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Main Plot

Don Vito Corleone, head of a mafia family, decides to hand over his empire to his youngest son Michael. However, his decision unintentionally puts the lives of his loved ones in grave danger.

Characters

  • Marlon Brando plays Vito Corleone, the head of a powerful mafia family who is involved in organized crime.
  • Al Pacino's character, Michael Corleone, starts as an outsider but becomes the head of the Corleone crime family.
  • James Caan's character in The Godfather is Sonny Corleone, the hot-headed and impulsive eldest son of Vito Corleone.

Ending

In the final moments of The Godfather, Michael Corleone consolidates his power as the new head of the Corleone crime family. He attends his nephew's baptism while orchestrating the simultaneous executions of his enemies, solidifying his position. As he renounces evil and promises to be a good godfather, the film cuts between the baptism and the brutal murders. The final shot shows Michael sitting alone, the weight of his actions evident in his eyes, as he becomes the new Godfather.

Francis Ford Coppola