“I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse,” is regarded as one of the best lines in movie history, and one that we’re sure director Francis Ford Coppola said to Marlon Brando when he sought him for the role as Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather. It was said that Frank Sinatra was vying for the role, but as history shows, Brando, who won an Oscar for playing the intimidating mob boss, was indeed the right choice (we just can’t picture Ol’ Blue Eyes sending his henchmen to shoot up anyone without belting out a tune). Tonight, at this free screening in Tompkins Square Park, see Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, John Cazale, and the rest of the best mobsters in cinema since, well, ever, battle it out for the one thing that matters most: respect.
Thu., Aug. 25, 8:30 p.m., 2011

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