An organized crime dynasty's aging patriarch transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

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Mario Puzo (screenplay by), Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

The Godfather "Don" Vito Corleone is the head of the Corleone mafia family in New York. He is at the event of his daughter's wedding. Michael, Vito's youngest son and a decorated WW II Marine is also present at the wedding. Michael seems to be uninterested in being a part of the family business. Vito is a powerful man, and is kind to all those who give him respect but is ruthless against those who do not. But when a powerful and treacherous rival wants to sell drugs and needs the Don's influence for the same, Vito refuses to do it. What follows is a clash between Vito's fading old values and the new ways which may cause Michael to do the thing he was most reluctant in doing and wage a mob war against all the other mafia families which could tear the Corleone family apart. Written by srijanarora-152-448595

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An offer you can't refuse.

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Crime | Drama

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Trivia

Like the character Michael Corleone, many members of the cast and crew of "The Godfather Trilogy" were military veterans, most of whom served during World War II. Author and screenwriter Mario Puzo and actors Michael V. Gazzo, G.D. Spradlin, William Bowers and Paul Lambert served in the U.S. Army Air Forces. Actor Sterling Hayden was in both the Army and the Marine Corps, serving as an officer in the latter; Hayden was also a secret agent during the War, serving in the OSS, the predecessor to the CIA. Actors Abe Vigoda, John Marley, Richard Conte, Rudy Bond, Hank Robinson, Richard Matheson and Eli Wallach were all in the Army, while Al Martino, Harry Dean Stanton and Roger Corman served in the Navy. Harrison Ressler arranged and performed in USO shows during the War. Other cast and crew members served in the Korean War including cinematographer Gordon Willis who was in the Air Force, while actors Robert Duvall, Danny Aiello, Tony Lip and Randy Jurgensen served in the Army. Actor Gary Kurtz was in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and Ron Gilbert was drafted into the Army in the summer of 1960. See more »

Goofs

When Don Corleone is shot 5 times and he falls down, there is no blood on his coat. The next camera shot shows bullet holes and blood on his coat. 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...
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits, Marlon Brando's name is the only one that is not accompanied by the character name that he plays (e.g. "as Vito Corleone"). See more »

Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version suffered minor BBFC cuts to the killing of Santino 'Sonny' Corleone with edits to gunshot closeups and his body being kicked in the head. All later releases were uncut. See more »

Connections

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Mona Lisa
(1950)
Lyrics by Jay Livingston
Music by Ray Evans
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This Movie Has Haunted My Life...
9 July 2006 | by TrevizolgaSee 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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USA

Language:

English | Italian | Latin

Release Date:

24 March 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$302,393, 19 March 1972

Gross USA:

$134,966,411

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$246,120,986
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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