The story begins as "Don" Vito Corleone, the head of a New York Mafia "family", oversees his daughters wedding. His beloved son Michael has just come home from the war, but does not intend to become part of his fathers business. Through Michaels life the nature of the family business becomes clear. The business of the family is just like the head of the family, kind and benevolent to those who give respect, but given to ruthless violence whenever anything stands against the good of the family. Don Vito lives his life in the way of the old country, but times are changing and some dont want to follow the old ways and look out for community and "family". An up and coming rival of the Corleone family wants to start selling drugs in New York, and needs the Dons influence to further his plan. The clash of the Dons fading old world values and the new ways will demand a terrible price, especially from Michael, all for the sake of the family.
|nudity||A married man and his mistress have fully clothed sex for about 7 seconds, no nudity is shown, just thrusting and moaning. A woman reveals herself to her new husband. We see her bare breasts and nipples. A woman makes a hand gesture implying her husband has a large penis. A man kisses his mistress briefly|
|violence||A man is shot by others with machine guns. He is shown bloody with wounds for roughly eleven seconds, a bloody smear then appears on his mouth for two seconds. We see a severed horse head for a few seconds, with blood shown on part of a man's clothes and his bed for another few seconds. A man is shot four times by another man through a glass door. A bullet wound and later some blood on the glass is briefly seen. A man and woman in bed are shot to death with machine guns, bullet wounds are visible. Lasts two seconds. A man is stabbed in the hand and then garroted, a trickle of blood is seen on his hand. Lasts for roughly 18 seconds before the scene cuts. A man is shot in the eye, he slumps down dead. We see his glasses crack, and blood streaming for a second. A man shoots two men, one in the head (we briefly see a bullet hole and red mist shooting from it), the other in the neck, then head with blood dripping from the bullet hole for two seconds. A man is shot 5 times in the back (from a distance), a dripping bullet wound is shown for a second or two. A man is shot dead in a car (not visible), a bullet hole in his head with blood trickling down is then seen for several seconds. Three men are shot by a policeman imposter; they die. Some blood is around two of the bodies briefly and a bullet wound dripping blood is shown on a man's back for two seconds. A man is strangled to death in a car, lasts for 13 seconds. He kicks through the windshield while struggling. A man is punched once. He is then seen with a rather swollen face and subtle black eye. A man beats his wife offscreen shortly. He is also bloodlessly roughed up by her brother in one scene (from a distance).|
|profanity||7 uses of 'son of a bitch', 5 of 'ass' (nonsexual), 3 of 'bastard', and 1 of 'dick' and 'crap'. Also 1 use of 'piece of ass' and 'banging' from hostile characters. And some racial slurs (mainly against Italians, but towards other races also; this includes two uses of 'nigger').|
|alcohol||Some casual smoking and drinking. A minor theme of drug trafficking is present in the movie. It is presented as a lucrative, but dirty, dangerous business.|
|frightening||Some of the assassinations are intense, the tollbooth and revolving-door shootings especially. The horse head scene may upset some. BBFC - (15) Strong violence.|