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When I first came on Flixster, they didn't have this movie in its database. WTF???
Anywayz, about time!! This is Jackie's best action movie ever, and he did it all as well - acting, screenplay, action direction and director. Oh, of course - the stunts as well. :-)
Its a brillant piece of work - the definitive JACKIE movie - lots of action, a good plot, from which Jackie took fromm one if his dismal failures in the US, and made the idea into something legendary. Most of the action scenes from this movie has been copied time and time again into many other movies - a good example being the Shantytown stakeout car chase - which was copied into the climatic car chase in Bad Boys 2.
Jackie is one of Hong Kong's finest, trying his very best to take down a drug dealer. But things go crazy when he has to babysit the beautiful witness to th chagrin of his girlfriend, the bad guys are out looking for him, and to top it off, he is framed for murdering another officer. Lots of emotion and energy from this film - the final fight scene in the mall SPECTACULAR.
interesting facts - this movie was nicknamed GLASS STORY by the stuntmen - and if you watch it, you'll see why. And apparently so many people, including the main man himself, got injured and were rushed to hospital. And after this movie, no insurance company will work with Jackie - so pretty much he foots the medical bills and everything himself.
And despite all that - this is one of the best movies ever made.
Marlon Brando is the Godfather, the wisest, most loved and repsect Don of the times, his power and authority from New York to Sicily. We enter the world of his family, his trials and tribulations, how lifes are intertwined under his shroud, and how they are destroyed, and how others grow. Though despite being one of the most feared men that ever lived, The Don knows he is not immortal, and an attempt on his life throws his "cosca" in a bloody war in which there are many casualties.... and knowing that to save his Family, he must stop the war through his power and honor.... but in his mind he is preparing his youngest son, the exiled and indepedant Michael Corleone, to take his place and reignite the power of the Corleone family and bring justice to those who crosses the Godfather and his Family.
Flawless......... movie. I would criticise it for not being a 5 hour epic which followed the book, but the Godfather 2 pretty much told the rest of the story, and that was near flawless as well.
Marlon Brando obivously made the movie, but in my mind, Al Pacino and James Caan were the big guns. These two always light up the screen, Pacino, with his quiet intensity and presence, in opposite to the raging war monger James Caan, the Underboss of the Family.
So many contrasts, so many shades of grey, so many stories, lives and so much death... you would feel if you have entered the 1940's to 50's period as well. Its engaging in the sense that even though this is a work of fiction, it shows us that these people do exist and this is what happens. Its tale of reality in the underworld, literally. An Underworld, a world which is not our own, and admit it, we are all curious to explore.