The Godfather
- Al Pacino

Overview - Based on the bestselling novel by Mario Puzo (who co-wrote the screenplay with director Francis Ford Coppola), THE GODFATHER tells an epic tale of Mafia life in America during the 1940s and '50s. Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) is the family patriarch balancing a love of his family with an ambitious criminal instinct.  Read more...

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Based on the bestselling novel by Mario Puzo (who co-wrote the screenplay with director Francis Ford Coppola), THE GODFATHER tells an epic tale of Mafia life in America during the 1940s and '50s. Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) is the family patriarch balancing a love of his family with an ambitious criminal instinct. At the wedding of the Don's daughter, Connie (Talia Shire), youngest son Michael (Al Pacino) is reunited with his family. A subsequent assassination attempt leaves the Don too ill to run the family business, forcing Michael and Sonny (James Caan), with the help of consigliere Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall), to lead the Corleones into a vendetta-filled war with other mob families. Violent revenge ensues as the family tries to change from its old criminal ways into legitimacy. Coppola's certified masterpiece, which won three Oscars (including Best Picture) and spawned an Oscar-winning sequel (THE GODFATHER PART II), set a new screen standard for merging blood-soaked violence with intimate family drama. In the process, Coppola single-handedly established the Mafia as an industry in film and television (GOODFELLAS, THE SOPRANOS). Featuring truly unforgettable performances, including the Best Actor-winning Brando, the riveting Pacino, and an unexpectedly dramatic Diane Keaton, THE GODFATHER is the pinnacle of Hollywood cinema in the 1970s.

1972 - Academy Awards - Best Picture Winner
1972 - Academy Awards - Best Actor Winner
1972 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted Screenplay Winner

Cast List

Albert S. Ruddy - American Producer
Mario Puzo - Oscar-winning novelist, screenwriter, THE GODFATHER
Dick Smith - Hollywood Make-Up and Effects, THE EXORCIST, LITTLE BIG MAN
Paul Baxley - Stunt Coordinator/Second Unit Director
John Cazale - American Actor
Sterling Hayden - American actor, DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)
John Hamilton - American actor, DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)
Richard Bright - American Character Actor
Sofia Coppola - American Actress/Screenwriter/Director
Robert Duvall - American Actor/Director
Bodge - American Actor/Director
Vito Scotti - TV/Film Actor
Dean Tavoularis - Production Designer
Peter Zinner - Oscar winning American Editor/Director, THE DEER HUNTER
Joe Lombardi - Special Effects
Philip Rhodes - Makeup Designer
Richard Castellano - American Character Actor
Richard Conte - American Actor
Tony Giorgio - Actor, THE GODFATHER (1972)
Francis Ford Coppola - American Director, THE GODFATHER SAGA
Rudy Bond - Character Actor
Al Pacino - Oscar winning actor, THE GODFATHER, SCENT OF A WOMAN
Alfredo James Pacino - Oscar winning actor, THE GODFATHER, SCENT OF A WOMAN
Angelo Infanti - Actor
Nino Rotta - Composer, AMARCORD, THE GODFATHER
Philip Smith - Set Decorator
Philip H. Smith - Set Decorator
Warren Clymer - Production Designer
Gordon Willis - American cinematographer
Sass Bedig - Special Effects
James Caan - American Director, actor, THE GODFATHER (1972)
Carlo Savina - Italian Composer
Diane Keaton - American actress/director, LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR
Diane Hall - American actress/director, LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR
Morgana King - Actress/"The Godfather"
Saro Urzi - Italian Actor
Marlon Brando - Oscar winning american actor/director, THE GODFATHER (1972)
Marlon Brando Jr. - Oscar winning american actor/director, THE GODFATHER (1972)
Joe Spinell - American Actor
Joseph Spinell - American Actor
Joseph Spagnuolo - American Actor
Abe Vigoda - Detective Phil Fish of TV's "Barney Miller"
William H. Reynolds - Editor, AUTHOR! AUTHOR! (1982)
William Reynolds - Editor, AUTHOR! AUTHOR! (1982)
Anna Hill Johnstone
A. D. Flowers - Special Visual Effects
Gianni Russo - Actor/"The Godfather"
Talia Shire - American Actress, ROCKY (1976)
Talia Coppola - American Actress, ROCKY (1976)
Talia Rose Coppola - American Actress, ROCKY (1976)
Al Lettieri - Character Actor/Producer
Alfredo Lettieri - Character Actor/Producer
Julie Gregg
Alex Rocco - American Supporting Actor
John Marley - American Actor
Franco Citti - Actor

    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 175
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 097361329147
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: May 2011

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Family Interaction
Organized Crime
Period Piece
Theatrical Release
Family Relations
Essential Cinema
Based On A Novel

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Based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel, THE GODFATHER is Francis Ford Coppola's Mafia masterpiece. The film tells the story of the powerful Corleone family, headed by patriarch Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando). Coppola sets a new standard for cinematic violence intercut with Italian-American family life. Al Pacino, in his breakout role, is riveting as youngest son Michael, a war hero turned ruthless gangster. The musical score by Nino Rota along with such classic lines as, "I made him an offer he couldn't refuse," make this epic mobster movie unforgettable.

Theatrical release: March 11, 1972 THE GODFATHER is number three on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies. THE GODFATHER was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1990. The baby in the baptism scene is the director's daughter, Sofia Coppola, who later starred in THE GODFATHER, PART 3. The scene was shot at the St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan's Chinatown. (Also, part of Martin Scorsese's MEAN STREETS was filmed in the cathedral's cemetery.) Singer Vic Damone was originally cast in the role of Hollywood crooner Johnny Fontane, eventually played by Al Martino. The character is supposedly based on Frank Sinatra. Marlon Brando was a no-show at the 1972 Academy Awards and sent a stand-in, an "Apache" woman, who came with a 15-page speech to read if the star won. Howard Koch, the show's producer, said that if she went over 40 seconds, he would forcibly remove her from the stage. When Brando's name was called, the woman, Sacheen Littlefeather, explained that Brando would not accept the award, as he was protesting the treatment of American Indians by the film industry. The speech met with a mixed reaction, and certainly left most of the audience stunned. Jane Fonda told the press, "I think what he did was wonderful." Actor Michael Caine said, "If you're going to make a humanitarian gesture, I think a man who makes $2 million a picture should at least give half of it to the Indians." Coppola's response was "I was so sure I was going to win Best Director." (He didn't.) The film was shot on location in New York and Sicily. The estimated budget was $6 million. The film was originally 177 minutes but was cut by six minutes when it was released theatrically. The film was released with its two companion pieces on video as part of the reedited 450-minute THE GODFATHER SAGA. Jack Woltz's horse, which ends up decapitated in his bed, is named Khartoum. Louis Malle did the English-French translation of the film for its release in France. Marlon Brando was only 47 when he played Vito Corleone, whose age ranged from 53 to 62 in the film.

Rating: A - 05/31/1996 Entertainment Weekly, p.67

"...Gordon Willis' cinematography is celebrated for its darkness; it is rich, atmospheric, expressive..." - 03/16/1997 Chicago Sun-Times, p.5

"[A] superlative achievement....[With] Gordon Willis's exquisitely dark Technicolor cinematography..." - 12/01/2003 Premiere, p.11

"[Brando] astounded just about everyone with his performance - 03/01/2004 Total Film, p.5

"Brando turns from Method to myth, with an Oscar-winning performance so calculatedly eccentric and full of inspired surprises that his character stands apart from all the others..." - 07/16/2004 Entertainment Weekly, p.31

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