STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep. When "The Godfather" came out in 1972 a young, New York lawyer named Mario Cuomo did not see it. He objected to stereotyping Italian-Americans.
Cuomo went on to serve as governor of New York and father of a governor, and still didn't see the movie. But as first reported by the New York Times, he finally ended his 41-year boycott. He still says the film sends a horrible message. But he adds, maybe this thing was a masterpiece.
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