We follow Michael (Pacino) through the 1950s, as his would-be legitimate business gets into sleazy deals in Cuba and the US Senate, and he is forced to break the ultimate taboo by having his own brother murdered. Meanwhile, we see his father Vito (De Niro) as a young man, establishing the family via a street gang in turn-of-the-century New York.
This is nothing short of magisterial.
Reviewed by Kim Newman
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