Father of the Godfathers

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Father of the Godfathers
Directed byPasquale Squitieri
Screenplay by
  • Orazio Barrese
  • Massimo De Rita
  • Arduino Maiuri
  • Pasquale Squitieri[1]
Based onI complici: gli anni dell'antimafia
by Orazio Barrese[1]
Produced byMario Cecchi Gori[1]
CinematographyEugenio Bentivoglio[1]
Music byEnnio Morricone[1]
Capital Film[1]
Distributed byCineriz
Release date
  • 4 November 1978 (1978-11-04) (Italy)
Running time
120 minutes[1]
Box office 2.304 billion

Father of the Godfathers (Italian: Corleone) is a 1978 Italian crime film directed by Pasquale Squitieri. It stars Claudia Cardinale, Giuliano Gemma and Tony Kendall and is set in Sicily in the 1950s.[1] Gemma was awarded 1979 Best Actor at the Montréal World Film Festival for his role.[2]



Father of the Godfathers was inspired by Orazio Barrese's book I complici, Gli anni dell'antimafia.[1] The book was the story of the Mafia boss Luciano Liggio.[1] After the release of Squitieri's previous film I Am the Law, Mario Cecchi Gori approached him to make an adaptation.[1][3] Barrese and Squitieri were friends, but later stated that "I don't consider Father of the Godfathers as one of my best works, it's definitely inferior to I Am the Law."[3]


Father of the Godfathers was distributed theatrically in Italy by Cineriz on 4 November 1978.[1] Film historian and critic Roberto Curti stated that the film was a huge commercial success in Italy, grossing 2,304,300,190 Italian lire.[1][3]


From a contemporary review, film critic Lino Micciche wrote that the film "is harmed by the multiplicity of tones, rhythms and styles, which foul up the results in both directions it aims at, therefore the film oscillates [...] between popular ballad and turgid comic book, historical recreation and inquiry, the Western genre and committed cinema, echoing from time to time Germi and Rosi, Petri and Damiani[...]."[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Curti 2013, p. 244.
  2. ^ "Festival des Films du Monde - Palmarès 1979". Archived from the original on 2003-02-03. Retrieved May 12, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Curti 2013, p. 245.


  • Curti, Roberto (2013). Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980. McFarland. ISBN 978-0786469765.

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