Corleone (1978)

3.0 out of 5

Also known as Father of the Godfathers this Pasquale Squitieri directed period mob movie charts the rise of a mafia boss played by Giuliano Gemma. While it is clear what is attempted here is an admirable shot at a decade spanning gangster epic, and this is successful enough from a directorial point of view, the material here is clearly far too lightweight and predictable to make this anything more than a mild diversion. It is a pity really, for this could have added up to much more, but instead is merely Godfather-lite.

A far better option would be either Day of the Owl or I Kiss the Hand.

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