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The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

  • Won 3 Oscars. Another 24 wins & 28 nominations.
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Don Vito Corleone
Michael Corleone
Sonny Corleone
Clemenza (as Richard Castellano)
Tom Hagen
Capt. McCluskey
Jack Woltz
Kay Adams
Johnny Fontane
Mama Corleone
Luca Brasi
Paulie Gatto
Salvatore Corsitto ...
Moe Greene
Bruno Tattaglia
Tere Livrano ...
Theresa Hagen
Victor Rendina ...
Philip Tattaglia
Jeannie Linero ...
Lucy Mancini
Sandra Corleone
Ardell Sheridan ...
Mrs. Clemenza
Apollonia - Sicilian Sequence
Angelo Infanti ...
Fabrizio - Sicilian Sequence
Corrado Gaipa ...
Don Tommasino - Sicilian Sequence
Calo - Sicilian Sequence
Vitelli - Sicilian Sequence
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Policeman (uncredited)
Norm Bacchiocchi ...
Luca Brasi's Assassin (uncredited)
Max Brandt ...
Extra in Furniture-Moving Scene (uncredited)
Tybee Brascia ...
Dancer in Wedding Scene (uncredited)
Piano Player in Montage (uncredited)
Baptism Observer (uncredited)
Italia Coppola ...
Extra in Wedding Scene (uncredited)
Boy on Street Who Attended Funeral (uncredited)
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)
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)
Sonny's Killer #1 (uncredited)
Tony - Stablehand (uncredited)
Peter Lemongello ...
Singer (uncredited)
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Boy at Wedding (uncredited)
Raymond Martino ...
Corleone Family Member (uncredited)
Joseph Medaglia ...
Priest at Baptism (uncredited)
Carol Morley ...
Night Nurse (uncredited)
Rick Petrucelli ...
Lou - Sollozzo's Driver (uncredited)
Joe Petrullo ...
Pallbearer (uncredited)
Burt Richards ...
Floral Designer (uncredited)
Sal Richards ...
Drunk (uncredited)
Chuck Riley ...
Narrator of Theatrical Trailer (uncredited) (voice)
Tom Rosqui ...
Rocco Lampone (uncredited)
Nino Ruggeri ...
Mobster at Funeral with Barzini (uncredited)
Street Extra (uncredited)
Filomena Spagnuolo ...
Extra in Wedding Scene (uncredited)
Willi Cicci (uncredited)
Gabriele Torrei ...
Enzo the Baker (uncredited)
Wedding Party Guest (uncredited)
Ed Vantura ...
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Ron Veto ...
Extra in Hospital Scene (uncredited)
Clemenza's Son (uncredited)
Conrad Yama ...
Fruit Vendor (uncredited)

Directed by

Francis Ford Coppola ... (directed by)

Written by

Mario Puzo ... (screenplay by) and
Francis Ford Coppola ... (screenplay by)
Mario Puzo ... (based on the novel by)

Produced by

Gray Frederickson ... associate producer
Al Ruddy ... producer (produced by) (as Albert S. Ruddy)
Robert Evans ... studio executive (uncredited)

Music by

Nino Rota ... (music composed by)

Cinematography by

Gordon Willis ... director of photography

Film Editing by

William Reynolds ... (edited by)
Peter Zinner ... (edited by)

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)

Casting By

Louis DiGiaimo ... (casting)
Andrea Eastman ... (casting)
Fred Roos ... (casting)

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

Paul Baxley ... second unit director
Tony Brandt ... assistant director: sicilian unit
Fred T. Gallo ... assistant director: Oaktree Productions (as Fred Gallo)
Stephen F. Kesten ... assistant director (uncredited)
Michael Rauch ... d.g.a. trainee (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)
Kitty Malone ... foley artist (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)
Steve Sanchez ... MTI operator: digital image clean up


Paul Baxley ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Joe Bucaro III ... stunt double: young Vincenzo (uncredited)
Anthony Caso ... stunt double: for Al Pacino (uncredited)
Harry Daley ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Michael Chapman ... camera operator
Bill Butler ... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Caleb Deschanel ... camera: newspaper sequence (uncredited) / newspaper sequence (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)

Location Management

Tony Bowers ... location coordinator
Michael Briggs ... location coordinator
Philip Procter ... location coordinator (uncredited)

Music Department

Carlo Savina ... conductor
Carl Fortina ... musician: accordion soloist (uncredited)
John C. Hammell ... music editor (uncredited)
Tommy Johnson ... musician: tuba (uncredited)
Sidney Lazar ... musician: trumpet solo (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
Gary Chazan ... assistant to producer
Nancy Hopton ... script continuity (as Nancy Tonery)
Robert S. Mendelsohn ... executive assistant
Peter Zinner ... foreign post production
Johnny Crear ... stand-in (uncredited)
Rocco Derasmo ... teamster (uncredited)
James Giblin ... teamster captain (uncredited)
Sonny Grosso ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Robert A. Harris ... producer: 2007 restoration (uncredited)
Michael Hyatt ... assistant restorationist: 2007 restoration (uncredited)
Johnny E. Jensen ... cinemobile technician (uncredited)
Randy Jurgensen ... technical advisor (uncredited)
James C. Katz ... producer: 2007 restoration (uncredited)
Shari Leibowitz ... production coordinator (uncredited)
George Lynch Jr. ... teamster (uncredited)
Richard Nelson ... car coordinator (uncredited)
Howard Newman ... unit publicist (uncredited)
James Ragan ... production assistant (uncredited)
Jasmine Sabu ... animal trainer: horses (uncredited)
Maurice Schell ... adr loop group (uncredited)
Robert Towne ... story editor (uncredited)


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)
Ma Prem Hasya ... executive/financier
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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Plot Summary

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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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Mario Puzo's The Godfather (United States)
  • Godfather (Japan, English title)
  • Mario Puzo's The Godfather (United Kingdom)
  • Le parrain (France)
  • Der Pate (Germany)
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  • 175 min
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Box Office

Budget $6,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $223,758, 04 Apr 1997
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $245,066,411

Did You Know?

Trivia During an early shot of the scene where Vito Corleone returns home and his people carry him up the stairs, Marlon Brando put weights under his body on the bed as a prank, to make it harder to lift him. See more »
Goofs During Sonny and Carlo's fight, one of Sonny's "movie" punches is shot from the wrong angle and clearly misses, but still produces the sound of an impact. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Godfather Saga (1977). See more »
Soundtracks Mall Wedding Sequence See more »
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 »
Quotes Johnny Fontane: [discussing his problems] I don't know what to do, Godfather. My voice is weak, it's weak. Anyway, if I had this part in the picture, it puts me right back on top, you know. But this... this man out there. He won't give it to me, the head of the studio.
Don Corleone: What's his name?
Don Corleone: Woltz. He said there's no chance, no chance...
[Meanwhile, Hagen finds Sonny and summons him]
Johnny Fontane: A month ago he bought the rights to this book, a best seller. The main character is a guy just like me. I wouldn't even have to act, just be myself. Oh, Godfather, I don't know what to do, I don't know what to do...
[All of a sudden, Don Corleone rises from his chair and gives Fontane a savage shake]
[gives a quick slap to Fontane]
Don Corleone: What's the matter with you? Is this what you've become, a Hollywood finocchio who cries like a woman? "Oh, what do I do? What do I do?" What is that nonsense? Ridiculous!
[the Don's unexpected mimicry makes Hagen and even Fontane laugh; around this time Sonny comes in]
Don Corleone: Tell me, do you spend time with your family?
Johnny Fontane: Sure I do.
Don Corleone: Good. Because a man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man.
[gives a quick look at Sonny and affectionately embraces Fontane]
Don Corleone: You look terrible. I want you to eat, I want you to rest well. And a month from now this Hollywood big shot's gonna give you what you want.
Johnny Fontane: Too late. They start shooting in a week.
Don Corleone: I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse. Okay? I want you to leave it all to me. Go on, go back to the party.
[a gratified Fontane leaves]
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