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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.


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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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Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

24 March 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mario Puzo's The Godfather  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$223,758 (USA) (4 April 1997)


$134,821,952 (USA) (2 May 1997)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The meeting between the heads of the Mafioso was filmed in the boardroom of the Penn-Central Railroad. This explains the train mural seen behind Don Barzini (Richard Conte). See more »


When the Godfather is talking to Johnny Fontaine in his office, Sonny is also present. Then the scene cuts to the entrance of the wedding cake outside. Sonny can be seen with the white flower in his lapel standing by the cake. Then the scene goes back to the office where Sonny is still present with the Godfather. See more »


[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

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Manhattan Serenade
Music by Louis Alter
Performed by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (uncredited)
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This Movie Has Haunted My Life...
9 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love this movie and all of the GF movies. I see something new every time I have seen it (countless, truly). The story of tragedy and (little) comedy that exists in this film is easily understood by people all over the world. This film has been called an American story however I have met others who have seen this movie in other languages and they seem to have the same love and appreciation for it that I do. I love the characters and all of the different personalities that they represent not just in families but in society itself. It seems like the entire cast is part of every other movie that I love as well. The sounds, music, color and light in the film are just as much a part of the film as the people. This could be attributed to the method in which it was filmed. At many parts of the film I can still find myself feeling the emotions conveyed in the film. I never tire of appreciating this film. I thank God that FFC is an American treasure. We are fortunate to have him.

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