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The multigenerational saga of the rise and fall of the Corleone crime family. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Al Pacino ... Don Michael Corleone (archive footage)

Robert Duvall ... Tom Hagen (archive footage)

Diane Keaton ... Kay Adams Corleone Michelson (archive footage)

Talia Shire ... Connie Corleone Rizzi (archive footage)

Marlon Brando ... Don Vito Corleone (archive footage)

James Caan ... Sonny Corleone (archive footage)

John Cazale ... Fredo Corleone (archive footage)

Robert De Niro ... Young Vito Corleone (archive footage)

Andy Garcia ... Vincent Mancini (archive footage)

Richard S. Castellano ... Peter Clemenza (archive footage)

Lee Strasberg ... Hyman Roth (archive footage)

Michael V. Gazzo ... Frankie Pentangeli (archive footage)

Sofia Coppola ... Mary Corleone (archive footage)
Richard Bright ... Al Neri (archive footage)

Eli Wallach ... Don Altobello (archive footage)

Abe Vigoda ... Sal Tessio (archive footage)

Gianni Russo ... Carlo Rizzi (archive footage)

Al Lettieri ... Virgil 'The Turk' Sollozzo (archive footage)
Morgana King ... Mama Corleone (archive footage)

G.D. Spradlin ... Senator Pat Geary (archive footage)

Sterling Hayden ... Capt. McCluskey (archive footage)

John Marley ... Jack Woltz (archive footage)

Richard Conte ... Don Emilio Barzini (archive footage)

Joe Mantegna ... Joey Zasa (archive footage)

Al Martino ... Johnny Fontane (archive footage)

George Hamilton ... B.J. Harrison (archive footage)

Bridget Fonda ... Grace Hamilton (archive footage)

Troy Donahue ... Merle Johnson (archive footage)
Joe Spinell ... Willie Cicci (archive footage)
Tom Rosqui ... Rocco Lampone (archive footage)
Gastone Moschin ... Don Fanucci (archive footage)

Marianna Hill ... Deanna Dunn-Corleone (archive footage)
Angelo Infanti ... Fabrizio (archive footage)

Franco Citti ... Calò (archive footage)

Richard Maldone ... Joey (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Danny Aiello ... Tony Rosato (archive footage)

John Aprea ... Young Sal Tessio (archive footage)

Oreste Baldini ... Young Vito Andolini (archive footage)

Kathleen Beller ... Girl in 'Senza Mamma' (archive footage)

Helmut Berger ... Frederick Keinszig (archive footage)
Rudy Bond ... Don Carmine Cuneo (archive footage)
William Bowers ... Senate Committee Chairman (archive footage)
Max Brandt ... Extra (archive footage)
Carmine Caridi ... Carmine Rosato / Albert Volpe (archive footage)
Maria Carta ... Vito's Mother (archive footage)

Dominic Chianese ... Johnny Ola (archive footage)

Roger Corman ... Senator #2 (archive footage)
Salvatore Corsitto ... Bonasera (archive footage)
Mario Cotone ... Don Tommasino (archive footage)
Franc D'Ambrosio ... Anthony Vito Corleone (archive footage)
Francesca De Sapio ... Young Mama Corleone (archive footage)

Mario Donatone ... Mosca (archive footage)

Donal Donnelly ... Archbishop Gilday (archive footage)
Vittorio Duse ... Don Tommasino (archive footage)
Carmine Foresta ... Policeman (archive footage)
Tony Giorgio ... Bruno Tattaglia (archive footage)
James Gounaris ... Anthony Vito Corleone (archive footage)
Julie Gregg ... Sandra Corleone (archive footage)

Bruno Kirby ... Young Peter Clemenza (archive footage)
Peter LaCorte ... Signor Abbandando (archive footage)
Jeannie Linero ... Lucy Mancini (archive footage)
Tere Livrano ... Theresa Hagen (archive footage)
Elda Maida ... Pentangeli's Wife (archive footage)
Thomas Mars ... Carmine Coppola (archive footage)

John Martino ... Paulie Gatto (archive footage)

Richard Matheson ... Senator #3 (archive footage)
Andrea Maugeri ... Strollo (archive footage)
Saveria Mazzola ... Signora Colombo (archive footage)
Joseph Medeglia ... Father Carmelo (archive footage) (as Father Joseph Medeglia)
Lenny Montana ... Luca Brasi (archive footage)
James Murdock ... F.B.I. Man #2 (archive footage)

Don Novello ... Dominic Abbandando (archive footage)
Ignazio Pappalardo ... Mosca (archive footage)
Steve Peck ... Dancer at Communion Party (archive footage)
Jeanne Savarino Pesch ... Francesca Corleone (archive footage)

Romano Pianti ... Augustino Coppola (archive footage)
Salvatore Po ... Vincenzo Pentangeli (archive footage)
Victor Rendina ... Don Philip Tattaglia (archive footage)

Alex Rocco ... Moe Greene (archive footage)

John Savage ... Father Andrew Hagen (archive footage)
Janet Savarino Smith ... Kathryn Corleone (archive footage)

Vito Scotti ... Nazorine (archive footage)
Ardell Sheridan ... Mrs. Clemenza (archive footage)
Giuseppe Sillato ... Don Ciccio (archive footage)

Frank Sivero ... Genco Abbandando (archive footage)

Fay Spain ... Marcia Roth (archive footage)

Harry Dean Stanton ... F.B.I. Man #1 (archive footage)

Simonetta Stefanelli ... Apollonia Vitelli-Corleone (archive footage)
Gabriele Torrei ... Enzo the Baker (archive footage)
Amerigo Tot ... Michael's Bodyguard (archive footage)
Leopoldo Trieste ... Signor Roberto (archive footage)

Saro Urzì ... Vitelli (archive footage)

Raf Vallone ... Cardinal Lamberto (archive footage)

Roman Coppola ... Young Sonny Corleone (archive footage) (uncredited)
Anthony Gounaris ... Anthony Vito Corleone (archive footage) (uncredited)

Sonny Grosso ... Cop with McCluskey (archive footage) (uncredited)
Louis Guss ... Don Zaluchi (archive footage) (uncredited)
Randy Jurgensen ... Sonny's Killer (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tony Lip ... Wedding Guest (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mark Scarola ... Thug Attacking Fanucci (archive footage) (uncredited)

Tony Sirico ... Extra (uncredited) (archive footage)
Filomena Spagnuolo ... Extra (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Francis Ford Coppola 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Francis Ford Coppola 
Mario Puzo  novel "The Godfather"

Produced by
Francis Ford Coppola .... producer
Albert S. Ruddy .... producer
 
Original Music by
Carmine Coppola 
Nino Rota 
 
Cinematography by
Gordon Willis 
 
Film Editing by
Barry Malkin 
Walter Murch 
 
Production Design by
Dean Tavoularis 
 
Costume Design by
Milena Canonero 
Anna Hill Johnstone 
Theadora Van Runkle 
 
Stunts
Alessandro Borgese .... stunt performer
 
Music Department
Denise Carver .... music research (uncredited)
 

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Rated R for violence and language
Runtime:
583 min | Poland:523 min (DVD) | Poland:710 min (longer version)
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Iceland:16 | UK:18 | UK:15 (DVD rating) | USA:R

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Trivia:
When Vito Corleone, Clemenza and Tessio are going to the gunsmith the owner's name is Augustino Coppola, later he introduces his son, Carmine Coppola, who demonstrates his flute playing abilities. This scene is a tribute to Francis Ford Coppola's father and grandfather. His father was the first flautist with the NBC symphony under Arturo Toscanini. His grandfather was an actual gunsmith. His father worked in the "shop" from time to time as a child. They both insist the event actually happened.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As the Corleone's pack up to move to Las Vegas, there is a real estate sign outside the compound offering the property for commercial development. Later, Michael meets Frankie Pentangeli in his father's old (redecorated) house.See more »
Quotes:
Don Michael Corleone:It's not personal, Sonny. It's strictly business.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in The Last Godfather (2010)See more »

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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
A truly fascinating and well-devised saga., 14 August 1999
Author: "boz" from London, England

In 1972 and 1974 Francis Ford Coppola in association with novel-writer Mario Puzo created two of the most critically acclaimed films in motion picture history, and either of them being strong contenders for the best picture ever made. Sixteen years later, Coppola and Puzo teamed up again to create an intriguing third installment, continuing the incredible saga set around 20 years after the events portrayed in the first two films. Now we can see all three superb films combined, carefully and effectively edited and containing scenes previously cut from original theatre versions. "The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-1980" is one of the finest pieces of cinema art.

The truly epic and grandness of the saga can now be appreciated in its full when the whole 9hrs and 32mins can be seen at once, what's more, it is in perfect chronological order.

The trilogy begins with The Young Vito Corleone (Robert DeNiro) and his rise to power in New York, this originally being a prologue to "The Godfather, Part II" is now placed right at the start of the saga, making the later flashbacks of DeNiro much more effective and it sets the scene beautifully for the following wedding scene at the beginning of the original "Godfather" film. Instead of being plunged into exposition far too quickly, as in the original cut of the first film, the exposition here is much more effective. The scene takes place at the wedding of the ageing Vito's (Marlon Brando) daughter Connie (Talia Shire) and it introduces his three sons, Sonny (James Caan), Fredo (John Cazale) and Michael (Al Pacino) along with Vito's adopted son and lawyer Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall), soon we are presented with the familiar though very interesting plot, including severed horse's heads, a lot of gunfire and various questions of morality. The final scene of the first film is immediately followed by the continuation of the same plot in "The Godfather, Part II," this being another masterful act of editing. The consequences at the end of the second film (particularly the death of Fredo) are therefore a lot more harrowing and effective.

Soon, we are elegantly taken to the events surrounding the ageing Michael Corleone, including the surviving members of the original films and also introducing a whole new generation of people including Sonny's illegitimate son Vincent (Andy Garcia) and Michael's own daughter (Sofia Coppola), and there is another opposition character in the form of Joey Zasa (Joe Mantegna) and so the story continues, this with an even more grim and equally powerful finale.

On a whole, this is simply a masterpiece, the story exceedingly effective (being based from Mario Puzo's successful novels) and the acting (particularly in the first two films) impeccable. To see it is more of an experience than anything else.

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