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Writers:
Mario Puzo (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
24 March 1972 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
An offer you can't refuse.
Plot:
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 29 wins & 19 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Masterpiece See more (1816 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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

Al Martino ... Johnny Fontane
Morgana King ... Mama Corleone
Lenny Montana ... Luca Brasi

John Martino ... Paulie Gatto
Salvatore Corsitto ... Bonasera
Richard Bright ... Neri

Alex Rocco ... Moe Greene
Tony Giorgio ... Bruno Tattaglia

Vito Scotti ... Nazorine
Tere Livrano ... Theresa Hagen
Victor Rendina ... Philip Tattaglia
Jeannie Linero ... Lucy Mancini
Julie Gregg ... Sandra Corleone
Ardell Sheridan ... Mrs. Clemenza

Simonetta Stefanelli ... Apollonia - Sicilian Sequence
Angelo Infanti ... Fabrizio - Sicilian Sequence
Corrado Gaipa ... Don Tommasino - Sicilian Sequence

Franco Citti ... Calo - Sicilian Sequence

Saro Urzì ... Vitelli - Sicilian Sequence
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norm Bacchiocchi ... Luca Brasi's Assassin (uncredited)
Max Brandt ... Extra in Furniture-Moving Scene (uncredited)
Tybee Brascia ... Dancer in Wedding Scene (uncredited)
Carmine Coppola ... Piano Player in Montage (uncredited)
Gian-Carlo Coppola ... Baptism Observer (uncredited)
Italia Coppola ... Extra (uncredited)

Roman Coppola ... Boy on Street Who Attended Funeral (uncredited)

Sofia Coppola ... Michael Francis Rizzi (uncredited)
Don Costello ... Don Victor Stracci (uncredited)
Robert Dahdah ... Crowd (uncredited)
Richard Fass ... Tom Hagen's son (uncredited)
Gray Frederickson ... Cowboy on the Set at Woltz's Studio (uncredited)

Ron Gilbert ... Usher in Bridal Party (uncredited)
Anthony Gounaris ... Anthony Vito Corleone (uncredited)
Joe Lo Grippo ... Sonny's Bodyguard (uncredited)

Sonny Grosso ... Cop Outside Hospital (uncredited)
Louis Guss ... Don Zaluchi (uncredited)
Merril E. Joels ... Toll Both Collector (uncredited)
Randy Jurgensen ... Sonny's Killer #1 (uncredited)
Tony King ... Tony - Stablehand (uncredited)
Peter Lemongello ... Singer (uncredited)
Tony Lip ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Frank Macetta ... (uncredited)

Lou Martini Jr. ... Boy at Wedding (uncredited)

Raymond Martino ... Corleone Family Member (uncredited)
Joseph Medeglia ... Priest at Baptism (uncredited)
Carol Morley ... Night Nurse (uncredited)
Rick Petrucelli ... Man in Passenger Seat (uncredited)
Burt Richards ... Floral Designer (uncredited)
Sal Richards ... Drunk (uncredited)
Tom Rosqui ... Rocco Lampone (uncredited)
Nino Ruggeri ... Mobster at Funeral with Barzini (uncredited)

Frank Sivero ... Street Extra (uncredited)
Filomena Spagnuolo ... Extra in Wedding Scene (uncredited)
Joe Spinell ... Willi Cicci (uncredited)
Gabriele Torrei ... Enzo the Baker (uncredited)

Nick Vallelonga ... Wedding Party Guest (uncredited)
Ed Vantura ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Ron Veto ... Extra in Hospital Scene (uncredited)

Matthew Vlahakis ... Clemenza's Son (uncredited)
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Directed by
Francis Ford Coppola 
 
Writing credits
Mario Puzo (screenplay) and
Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay)

Mario Puzo (novel "The Godfather")

Produced by
Gray Frederickson .... associate producer
Albert S. Ruddy .... producer
Robert Evans .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Nino Rota 
 
Cinematography by
Gordon Willis (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William Reynolds 
Peter Zinner 
 
Casting by
Louis DiGiaimo 
Andrea Eastman 
Fred Roos 
 
Production Design by
Dean Tavoularis 
 
Art Direction by
Warren Clymer 
 
Set Decoration by
Philip Smith 
 
Costume Design by
Anna Hill Johnstone 
 
Makeup Department
Philip Leto .... hair stylist (as Phil Leto)
Phil Rhodes .... makeup (as Philip Rhodes)
Dick Smith .... makeup
 
Production Management
Fred C. Caruso .... unit production manager: Oaktree Productions (as Fred Caruso)
Valerio De Paolis .... production manager: sicilian unit
Ned Kopp .... production manager: second unit (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Brandt .... assistant director: sicilian unit
Fred T. Gallo .... assistant director: Oaktree Productions (as Fred Gallo)
Stephen F. Kesten .... assistant director (uncredited)
Steven P. Skloot .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Samuel Verts .... assistant art director: sicilian unit
William Canfield .... set dresser (uncredited)
Robert Hart .... carpenter (uncredited)
Robert Scaife .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Charles Grenzbach .... re-recordist (as Bud Grenzbach)
Christopher Newman .... production recordist
Richard Portman .... re-recordist
Howard Beals .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Steve Cook .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Pierre Jalbert .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Les Lazarowitz .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Sass Bedig .... special effects: Oaktree Productions
A.D. Flowers .... special effects: Oaktree Productions
Joe Lombardi .... special effects: Oaktree Productions
Paul J. Lombardi .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Kevin Chaja .... data management (2007 restoration)
Chris Clausing .... MTI operator: digital image clean up (2007 restoration)
Padraic Culham .... compositor (2007 restoration)
Daphne Dentz .... senior digital intermediate producer (2007 restoration)
Karina Desin .... data management (2007 restoration)
Joe Dubs .... MTI operator: digital image clean up (2007 restoration)
Lloyd Kaplowitz .... MTI operator: digital image clean up (2007 restoration)
Valerie McMahon .... MTI operator: digital image clean up (2007 restoration)
Mike Moreno .... MTI operator: digital image clean up (2007 restoration)
Edgar Orlino .... MTI operator: digital image clean up (2007 restoration)
Cathy Quiroz .... MTI operator: digital image clean up (2007 restoration)
Bill Roper .... film recordist (2007 restoration)
 
Stunts
Paul Baxley .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Joe Bucaro III .... stunt double: young Vincenzo (uncredited)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Chapman .... camera operator
Howard Block .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Bill Butler .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Russell Engels .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Ed Kammerer .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Edward Knott .... grip (uncredited)
Jim Meyerhoff .... generator operator (uncredited)
Anthony R. Palmieri .... camera loader (uncredited)
Ed Quinn .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Robert Royal .... rigging key grip (uncredited)
Joe Rutledge .... electrician (uncredited)
Peter Salim .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Tibor Sands .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Jack Stager .... still photographer (uncredited)
Edward Tonkin .... best boy electric (uncredited)
Robert M. Volpe .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Dusty Wallace .... gaffer (uncredited)
Robert Ward .... key grip (uncredited)
Ray Williams .... rigging best boy grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Riccardo Bertoni .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
George Newman .... wardrobe supervisor
Marilyn Putnam .... wardrobe: women
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Christopher Gillaspie .... scan manager (2007 restoration) (as Chris Gillaspie)
Kathleen Largay .... digital conform (2007 restoration)
Walter Murch .... post production consultant
Jan Yarbrough .... senior digital intermediate colorist (2007 restoration)
Pierre Jalbert .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Marc Laub .... editor: New York (uncredited)
Barbara Marks .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Maurice Schell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Murray Solomon .... editor: New York (uncredited)
Jack Wheeler .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Carlo Savina .... conductor
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion soloist (uncredited)
John C. Hammell .... music editor (uncredited)
Tommy Johnson .... musician: tuba (uncredited)
Jimmy Maxwell .... musician: trumpet solo (uncredited)
Paul Salamunovich .... choir conductor: boys choir (uncredited)
Stephen Salamunovich .... boy soprano, soundtrack (uncredited)
Albert T. Viola .... soloist: mandolin (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Raymond Hartwick .... driver (uncredited)
Charles Lazzarro .... driver (uncredited)
Edward Venn .... driver (uncredited)
Louis Volpe .... driver (uncredited)
John Whelan .... driver (uncredited)
Ed Wilson .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Barth .... unit coordinator: Oaktree Productions
Tony Bowers .... location coordinator
Michael Briggs .... location coordinator
Gary Chazan .... assistant to producer
Nancy Hopton .... script continuity (as Nancy Tonery)
Robert S. Mendelsohn .... executive assistant
Peter Zinner .... foreign post production
Rocco Derasmo .... teamster (uncredited)
James Giblin .... teamster captain (uncredited)
Sonny Grosso .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Johnny E. Jensen .... cinemobile technician (uncredited)
Randy Jurgensen .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Shari Leibowitz .... production coordinator (uncredited)
George Lynch Jr. .... teamster (uncredited)
Richard Nelson .... car coordinator (uncredited)
Howard Newman .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Jasmine Sabu .... animal trainer: horses (uncredited)
Maurice Schell .... adr loop group (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Joe Caracappa .... thanks: Pro-Tek Media Preservation Services, a Kodak company, negative preparation (2007 restoration)
Jeff Cava .... thanks: for Paramount Pictures (2007 restoration)
Martin Cohen .... thanks: for Paramount Pictures (2007 restoration)
Francis Ford Coppola .... special thanks (2007 restoration)
Allen Daviau .... thanks (2007 restoration)
Brian Drischell .... thanks: The Academy Film Archive (2007 restoration)
Jessi Jones .... thanks: The Academy Film Archive (2007 restoration)
Liana Kroll .... thanks: Pro-Tek Media Preservation Services, a Kodak company, negative preparation (2007 restoration)
Joanne Lawson .... thanks: for the Film Preserve (2007 restoration)
Scott MacQueen .... thanks: Pro-Tek Media Preservation Services, a Kodak company, negative preparation (2007 restoration)
James T. Mockoski .... thanks: for American Zoetrope (2007 restoration) (as James Mockoski archivist)
Heather Olson .... thanks: The Academy Film Archive (2007 restoration)
Michael Pogorzelski .... thanks: The Academy Film Archive (2007 restoration)
Robert Raring .... thanks: Technicolor liaison (2007 restoration) (as Bob Raring)
Ben Rosenblatt .... thanks: for Paramount Pictures (2007 restoration)
Gordon Willis .... special thanks (2007 restoration)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mario Puzo's The Godfather" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
"Godfather" - Japan (English title)
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Runtime:
175 min | 200 min (Extended Edition)
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
DTS (re-release) | Mono
Certification:
Argentina:16 (2011 re-rating) | Argentina:18 (original rating) | Australia:MA (2008 re-rating) | Australia:R (original rating) | Austria:16 | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Manitoba) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:14A (Alberta) (2010) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (2007) | Colombia:18 | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1988) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1972) | France:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | India:A | Ireland:18 | Israel:PG | Italy:T | Japan:R-15 | Japan:G (2010) | Mexico:C | Mexico:B15 (2013) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Philippines:R-18 | Poland:15 | Portugal:17 (original rating) | Portugal:M/18 (re-rating) | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Spain:13 (re-rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:15 (re-rating) (re-release) (2009) | UK:15 (video rating: restored version 2007) (2008) | UK:18 (re-rating) (re-release) (1996) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) (1997) (2001) | USA:R (PCA #23101) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Luis García Berlanga directed the Spanish Castilian dubbing.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Michael Corleone calls home after his father's brush with death, the dial on the pay phone is clearly out of alignment.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. When I went to the hospital her nose was broken. Her jaw was shattered, held together by wire. She couldn't even weep because of the pain. But I wept. Why did I weep? She was the light of my life. A beautiful girl. Now she will never be beautiful again.
[He breaks down at this point, and the Don gestures to his son to get him a drink]
Bonasera:Sorry...
[He regains his composure and carries on]
Bonasera:I went to the police, like a good American. These two boys were brought to trial. The judge sentenced them to three years in prison, and suspended the sentence. Suspended sentence! They went free that very day! I stood in the courtroom like a fool, and those two bastards, they smiled at me. Then I said to my wife, "For justice, we must go to Don Corleone."
Don Corleone:Why did you go to the police? Why didn't you come to me first?
Bonasera:What do you want of me? Tell me anything. But do what I beg you to do.
Don Corleone:What is that?
[Bonasera gets up from his seat and whispers into the Don's ear; for a long moment the Don is silent]
[...]
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FAQ

Doesn't Michael break Vito's promise to the Commission with his actions at the end of the movie?
Why was Fredo not shot along with Don Corleone?
Who are the "Five Families"?
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204 out of 297 people found the following review useful.
A Masterpiece, 6 August 2006
Author: The-Other-Monkey from Casa Nostra

This must rank as the best film (along with part 2)of all time.An ensemble performance that has no weak spot.

Particularly, John Cazale ( Fredo) and Richard Castellano ( Clemenza) give wonderfully understated performances. You just have to believe that Castellano WAS Clemenza, he brings a real touch to his role.

John Cazale brings the troubled Fredo to life, and you can see the weak Fredo desperately trying to live up to the family reputation but knowing that he can never be what his father wants.

The story of one man's reluctance to be drawn into the murky family business,and his gradual change through circumstance, paints a vivid picture of this violent period of US history.

Do not miss this film!

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