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The Godfather (1972)

Shat the Movies: 80's & 90's Best Film Review

Release Date: 10/27/2023

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Shat The Movies has dabbled in films from the 1970s, but we've never reached back this far. More than 50 years ago, a Francis Ford Coppola epic changed the way America viewed organized crime and set a new standard for storytelling. This is "The Godfather."

And who better to commission this film about family than an Italian-American listener from New Jersey with fond memories of sharing mob movies with his dad?

For Matt "Don Chachi" Ciampi, the Shat Crew pays its respects to Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall, Abe Vigoda and, yes, even Talia Shire.

Shat The Movies editor Rob joins Gene and Dick as they debate "The Godfather" pacing, dissect the wedding scene and give props to Don Corleone's cat.

Gene explains why Tom Hagen is an absolute badass, while Big D finds heroes in Michael and Vito Corleone. And Rob praises the genius of the dinner scene. 

This movie is full of morality questions, and the Shat Crew gets into them: Was Michael a jerk for marrying Apollonia? Were the killings personal or just business? Should Vito have been more generous? Is Michael a villain? And, naturally, could "The Godfather" have been better without all the nepotism?

 This is a big one, and we hope you enjoy it. Here's "The Godfather."

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