Production nearly ended before it began when Al Pacino
's lawyers told Francis Ford Coppola
that he had grave misgivings with the script and was not coming. Coppola spent an entire night rewriting it before giving it to Pacino for his review. Pacino approved and the production went forward. See more
The godfather was born Vito Andolini, in the town of Corleone in Sicily. In 1901 his father was murdered for an insult to the local Mafia chieftain. His older brother Paolo swore revenge and disappeared into the hills, leaving Vito, the only male heir, to stand with his mother at the funeral. He was nine years old.
[gunshots and screams
[subtitled from Italian
They've killed the boy! They've killed young Paolo! They've killed your son Paolo!