Francis Ford Coppola
So much has been written by so many about this movie but still everything said feels short of the experience of watching it. This might be one of those rare cases where a movie based on a book has got the better of it. As they say there is a dark side to every human being, there could be a humane side to every criminal and this movie shows that. The audience is captivated by the brute power exercised through so much restraint that it leaves you in awe. It’s very difficult to even contemplate anybody else doing the role of the Godfather than Marlon Brando. Kudos to Coppola for crafting such a riveting movie. Coppola also deserves credit for sticking to his guns in selecting Al Pacino to play Michael Corleone in spite of enormous pressure from studio bosses to select other leading actors of that day.