AFNmovie would like to “make you an offer you can’t refuse” when it airs the premiere of “The Godfather Legacy” special accompanied by the Godfather trilogy of movies starting on Sunday, November 11th. The Godfather is considered a classic of American cinema, based on Mario Puzo’s bestselling book, ranking No. 2 on the American Film Institute’s “100 years … 100 movies” list, while the sequel Godfather: Part II, whom some argue is superior to the original film, is ranked as No. 32.
The Godfather Legacy, 7:00pm 11/11/12 & 6:40am 11/12/12: This special offers deep insights and behind the scenes detail unknown to the general public until recently concerning the production of the three Godfather films. It probes deeply into Francis Ford Coppola’s trilogy masterpiece featuring memorable scenes and statements from all three movies which have become a part of the American culture, impacting society’s views on capitalism, crime and family, as well as offering a 20th century version of classic mythology. Interviews with director Coppola, actors Al Pacino, James Caan and Talia Shire, members of law enforcement, and actual former members of organized crime.
The Godfather, 9:20am & 8:40pm 11/11/12:
This classic film stars the great method actor Marlon Brando, in which some believe was his signature role, as Don Vito Corleone, the aging “Boss” of one of New York’s five Mafia families. He is near the twilight of his long career in organized crime and is prepared to turn over the family “business” to one of his three sons – his eldest, the temperamental Sonny; the middle son, the gentle but weak Fredo, or the pragmatic and cunning Michael, a war hero who originally doesn’t want to be involved in the family “business.” The film depicts organized crime immediately following the end of World War II through to the creation of the Las Vegas casino empire. During this period we find Michael going from innocence to corruption in a misguided quest to make his family’s business “legitimate.” Winner of three Academy awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Brando), and Best Writing, Screenplay (Puzo, Coppola). Featuring a cast of great supporting actors and actresses including Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire and John Cazale.
The Godfather: Part II, 12:30pm & 11:45pm 11/11/12:
Offers a look at both the continuing story of the Corleone mafia empire with Michael, now the patriarch of the crime family, consolidating and extending his power to Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and pre-revolution Cuba, prior to the Communist revolution; and a look into the past which chronicles Don Vito’s journey to America as a child escaping a death vendetta on his family from a local Mafia Don in Sicily, through his rise as a Mafia kingpin in New York’s Little Italy neighborhood. Vito is drawn into a life of crime for survival purposes when the local Mafia leader, Don Fanucci, pressures a local grocer to fire Vito so his nephew may have a job. Winner of six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Robert De Niro), Best Director (Coppola), Best Writing, Screenplay (Coppola, Puzo), Best Music, and Best Art Direction. Cast includes Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Talia Shire, and Lee Strasberg.
The Godfather: Part III, 3:50pm 11/11/12 & 3:10am 11/12/12:
In The final installment of the Corleone family trilogy, Michael seeks to make one final attempt to legitimize his family’s name through linking his investments with the Vatican as well as an attempt to redeem himself spiritually. Michael desires to distance himself from the crime underworld but the other families want to “pull him back in.” He is forced to rely on his ambitious young nephew, Vincent, to stand by his side throughout the crisis. This is further complicated by the fact that Vincent is having a love affair with his daughter Mary, a relationship in which Michael disapproves. Michael seeks redemption for the murder of his brother Fredo by confiding in a Vatican Cardinal who will later be elected Pope. Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Director. Cast includes Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia, Talia Shire, Eli Wallach and Joe Mantegna.