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The Godfather (1972)

R | | Crime, Drama | 24 March 1972 (USA)
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The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Writers:

Mario Puzo (screenplay by), Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Top Rated Movies #2 | Won 3 Oscars. Another 26 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlon Brando ... Don Vito Corleone
Al Pacino ... Michael Corleone
James Caan ... Sonny Corleone
Richard S. Castellano ... Clemenza (as Richard Castellano)
Robert Duvall ... Tom Hagen
Sterling Hayden ... Capt. McCluskey
John Marley ... Jack Woltz
Richard Conte ... Barzini
Al Lettieri ... Sollozzo
Diane Keaton ... Kay Adams
Abe Vigoda ... Tessio
Talia Shire ... Connie
Gianni Russo ... Carlo
John Cazale ... Fredo
Rudy Bond ... Cuneo
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Storyline

The Godfather "Don" Vito Corleone is the head of the Corleone mafia family in New York. He is at the event of his daughter's wedding. Michael, Vito's youngest son and a decorated WW II Marine is also present at the wedding. Michael seems to be uninterested in being a part of the family business. Vito is a powerful man, and is kind to all those who give him respect but is ruthless against those who do not. But when a powerful and treacherous rival wants to sell drugs and needs the Don's influence for the same, Vito refuses to do it. What follows is a clash between Vito's fading old values and the new ways which may cause Michael to do the thing he was most reluctant in doing and wage a mob war against all the other mafia families which could tear the Corleone family apart. Written by srijanarora-152-448595

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An offer you can't refuse.

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Crime | Drama

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Trivia

There's a well-known story that Coppola ambushed and "punked" actor John Marley by not telling him about the horse's head before he peeled back the covers on his bed and saw it for the first time; and that Marley's screaming in that scene was real. (This story has been perpetuated by John Marley, and various other people on the crew and in the film's PR department. But not Coppola interestingly! ) The problem with that story is that the scene is a series of shots; taken at the same angle but from different distances; a close up; followed by a medium shot, followed by a long shot. Each one of these shots would have had to take a half an hour to an hour to set up and then take. And the scream is recorded echoing through all these shots. Which means the screams could not all have been real. The first one might have been as the urban legend goes; but the next three had to be planned, they could not have been spontaneous. This was likely a story spread mostly by the PR department to generate interest in the movie (kind of like the Omen Curse stories; or the story about the Blair Witch Project being true, which were all equally false and fabricated to generate interest in those movies). See more »

Goofs

The blood on the bed in the "horse head" scene. First it's there, then it disappears. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bonasera: I believe in America. America has made my fortune. And I raised my daughter in the American fashion. I gave her freedom but I taught her never to dishonor her family. She found a "boy friend," not an Italian. She went to the movies with him. She stayed out late. I didn't protest. Two months ago he took her for a drive, with another boy friend. They made her drink whiskey and then they tried to take advantage of her. She resisted. She kept her honor. So they beat her. Like an animal...
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Crazy Credits

The 1968 Paramount logo doesn't appear on screen until the end. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Godfather Saga, besides the added scenes, toning down the violence and language and deleting the nude scene, other changes were made to the original version:
  • The scene of the photographers waiting outside the hospital for Don Vito's release and following his ambulance is deleted.
  • Tom's phone call to Bonasera is deleted.
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Connections

Referenced in Orange Is the New Black: Trust No Bitch (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
(1934)
Written by Haven Gillespie, J. Fred Coots
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Amazing movie
22 January 2020 | by danielfeerstSee all my reviews

The acting was simply amazing, what else could you say. What could be more appealing to people(even today) than watching actors like Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, James Caan, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire and Robert Duvall. This is like heaven for someone who is a fan of movies. With this movie Brando was able to bring himself back into the limelight. His performance as the godfather alone is iconic. His character has been recreated so much in films that it has almost if it has not already become a cliché. His performance though was not a cliché. His performance was subtle and breathtaking. It was so genuine and realistic that it was not just probably but definitely more genuine than Marlon Brando himself. Al Pacino was perfect for this film as well. What a way to start up your career. His character was all about depth and he displayed it perfectly. He was able to display his own inner-battles in his mind as well as the battles he had with his family, friends and enemies. His character was more of a psychological character study than anything else to me. Robert Duvall to me was the glue to the movie. He added a different perspective to everything in just that he was not Italian yet having the respect of the mafia. His character is a man of high authority within the Corleone family who was listened to and insightful;. This was simply perfect giving the film great balance throughout. The rest of the cast was just icing on the cake.

The writing was phenomenal and breathtaking. As mentioned before there has been no movie quoted more than this. It is not even the quotes though that makes the writing in here so perfect. It is the symbolism and meaning that went into every scene. There are countless symbols, messages and lines in here that are so memorable yet it is as realistic as a movie could get.


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Release Date:

24 March 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$302,393, 19 March 1972

Gross USA:

$134,966,411

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$246,120,974
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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