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The Godfather (1972)

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The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

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Mario Puzo (screenplay by), Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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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

When the aging head of a famous crime family decides to transfer his position to one of his subalterns, a series of unfortunate events start happening to the family, and a war begins between all the well-known families leading to insolence, deportation, murder and revenge, and ends with the favorable successor being finally chosen. Written by J. S. Golden

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An offer you can't refuse.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | Latin

Release Date:

28 September 1972 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$302,393, 19 March 1972, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$134,966,411, 11 May 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$245,066,411
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The reason they killed Luca Brasi, When meeting with Bruno Tattaglia and Sollozzo, Sollozo offers Luca $50,000 to come and work for him instead. When Sollozzo offers his hand to make the deal, Luca doesn't accept it. This may be because Luca thinks of himself as honourable, knowing he wasn't actually betraying the Corleones, he couldn't in good conscience shake Sollozzo's hand to make the deal. Which tipped Sollozzo that Luca was trying to spy (or he simply took offense to the snub) which is why he stabs Luca in his right hand while one of Tattaglia's men strangled Luca. He may have also become suspicious that someone like Luca, who had a reputation for being a fiercely loyal Corleone enforcer would so easily betray them for some money. Michael may have become aware of this; as in The Godfather Part III, he tells Vincent to go to Don Altobello and act displeased with Michael, but if Altobello asked him to betray Michael, to act offended. Because that would be his trap to determine his loyalty. Alternatively, Sollozzo needed Luca out of the way because he was already planning the hit on Vito and even if he hoped Luca's defection was real, Luca likely wouldn't be happy about them killing Vito. So Luca had to die. As Tom says, "Not even Sonny will be able to call off Luca Brasi", to which Sollozo replied, "Yeah, well let me worry about Luca", as he already had him taken care of. See more »

Goofs

After Vito Corleone's brush with death, Fredo sits next to the front of the car on the pavement and next to Vito's head. But following that, when pedestrians walk towards Vito, Fredo is gone, then he is back in the same place in the next shot. 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

Other than Mario Puzo's name there are no opening credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The theatrical prints contain about five seconds of black silent footage between the Paramount logo and when the music starts and the title fades in. On the home video versions this black silent footage is shortened See more »


Soundtracks

Non so più
(1786) (uncredited)
(Cherubino's Aria) from opera "Le nozze di Figaro" Act I, Scene V Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
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The Godfather
10 June 1999 | by Coxer99See all my reviews

Engrossing motion picture that features some of the finest editing, cinematography and performances ever. There is a wonderful theme of family that runs through this film and its later sequels. No one is truly judged. Love is unconditional. God is the one who truly judges. Easily, the word masterpiece describes this film, but that's been said by so many...Who am I to argue? Masterpiece is right on the money.


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