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The Godfather Details

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Popularly viewed as one of the best American films ever made, the multi-generational crime saga The Godfather is a touchstone of cinema: one of the most widely imitated, quoted, and lampooned movies of all time. Marlon Brando and Al Pacino star as Vito Corleone and his youngest son, Michael, respectively. It is the late 1940s in New York and Corleone is, in the parlance of organized crime, a "godfather" or "don," the head of a Mafia family. Michael, a free thinker who defied his father by enlisting in the Marines to fight in World War II, has returned a captain and a war hero. Having long ago rejected the family business, Michael shows up at the wedding of his sister, Connie (Talia Shire), with his non-Italian girlfriend, Kay (Diane Keaton), who learns for the first time about the family "business." A few months later at Christmas time, the don barely survives being shot by gunmen in the employ of a drug-trafficking rival whose request for aid from the Corleones' political connections was rejected. After saving his father from a second assassination attempt, Michael persuades his hotheaded eldest brother, Sonny (James Caan), and family advisors Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) and Sal Tessio (Abe Vigoda) that he should be the one to exact revenge on the men responsible. After murdering a corrupt police captain and the drug trafficker, Michael hides out in Sicily while a gang war erupts at home. Falling in love with a local girl, Michael marries her, but she is later slain by Corleone enemies in an attempt on Michael's life. Sonny is also butchered, having been betrayed by Connie's husband. As Michael returns home and convinces Kay to marry him, his father recovers and makes peace with his rivals, realizing that another powerful don was pulling the strings behind the narcotics endeavor that began the gang warfare. Once Michael has been groomed as the new don, he leads the family to a new era of prosperity, then launches a campaign of murderous revenge against those who once tried to wipe out the Corleones, consolidating his family's power and completing his own moral downfall. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards and winning for Best Picture, Best Actor (Marlon Brando), and Best Adapted Screenplay, The Godfather was followed by a pair of sequels. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:March 15, 1972

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association James Caan Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1972 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Caan Best Supporting Actor 1972 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Marlon Brando Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1972 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Marlon Brando Best Actor 1972 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Portman Best Sound 1972 Nominee
New York Film Critics Circle Robert Duvall Best Supporting Actor 1972 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Duvall Best Supporting Actor 1972 Nominee
National Board of Review Al Pacino Best Supporting Actor 1972 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Al Pacino Best Actor 1972 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Al Pacino Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1972 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Al Pacino Best Supporting Actor 1972 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Mario Puzo Best Screenplay 1972 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mario Puzo Best Adapted Screenplay 1972 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Nino Rota Anthony Asquith Award 1972 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Nino Rota Best Original Score 1972 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Peter Zinner Best Editing 1972 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Francis Ford Coppola Best Director 1972 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Francis Ford Coppola Best Screenplay 1972 Winner
Directors Guild of America Francis Ford Coppola Best Director 1972 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Francis Ford Coppola Best Adapted Screenplay 1972 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Francis Ford Coppola Best Director 1972 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Albert S. Ruddy Best Picture 1972 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Christopher Newman Best Sound 1972 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Charles Grenzbach Best Sound 1972 Nominee

Cast

Marlon Brando
as Don Vito Corleone
Al Pacino
as Michael Corleone
James Caan
as Sonny Corleone
John Cazale
as Fredo Corleone
Robert Duvall
as Tom Hagen
Diane Keaton
as Kay Adams
Sterling Hayden
as McCluskey
Richard Conte
as Barzini
Talia Shire
as Connie Corleone
Al Lettieri
as Sollozzo
Al Martino
as Johnny Fontane
Lenny Montana
as Luca Brasi
Sofia Coppola
as Baby (uncredited)
Joe Spinell
as Willy Cicci (uncredited)
John Marley
as Jack Woltz
Abe Vigoda
as Tessio
Gianni Russo
as Carlo Rizzi
Rudy Bond
as Cuneo
Morgana King
as Mama Corleone
Richard Bright
as Neri
Alex Rocco
as Moe Greene
Tony Giorgio
as Bruno Tattaglia
Vito Scotti
as Nazorine
Jeannie Linero
as Lucy Mancini
Julie Gregg
as Sandra Corleone
Simonetta Stefanelli
as Apollonia
Angelo Infanti
as Fabrizio
Corrado Gaipa
as Don Tommasino
Franco Citti
as Calo
Saro Urzi
as Vitelli
Victor Rendina
as Phillip Tattaglia
Tere Livrano
as Theresa Hagen
Salvatore Corsitto
as Bonasera
Ardell Sheridan
as Mrs. Clemenza
Carmine Coppola
as Piano Player (uncredited)
Victor Rendina
as Phillip Tattaglia
Tony Giorgio
as Bruno Tattaglia
Carmine Coppola
as Piano Player (uncredited)
Gianni Russo
as Carlo Rizzi
Salvatore Corsitto
as Bonasera
Tere Livrano
as Theresa Hagen
Morgana King
as Mama Corleone
Richard Bright
as Neri
Sofia Coppola
as Baby (uncredited)
Julie Gregg
as Sandra Corleone
Alex Rocco
as Moe Greene
Ardell Sheridan
as Mrs. Clemenza
Saro Urzi
as Vitelli
Rudy Bond
as Cuneo
Franco Citti
as Calo
Abe Vigoda
as Tessio
Corrado Gaipa
as Don Tommasino
Vito Scotti
as Nazorine
Joe Spinell
as Willy Cicci (uncredited)
Angelo Infanti
as Fabrizio
John Marley
as Jack Woltz
Jeannie Linero
as Lucy Mancini
Simonetta Stefanelli
as Apollonia

Crew

Francis Ford Coppola
Director
Albert S. Ruddy
Producer
Francis Ford Coppola
Screenwriter
Mario Puzo
Book Author
Mario Puzo
Screenwriter
Gordon Willis
Cinematographer
Carlo Savina
Musical Direction/Supervision
Nino Rota
Composer (Music Score)
Peter Zinner
Editor
Murray Solomon
Editor
Dean Tavoularis
Production Designer
Warren Clymer
Art Director
Gray Fredrickson
Associate Producer
Charles Grenzbach
Sound/Sound Designer
Christopher Newman
Sound/Sound Designer
Sass Bedig
Special Effects
Joe Lombardi
Special Effects
Fred T. Gallo
First Assistant Director
Michael Chapman
Camera Operator
Louis Di Giaimo
Casting
Fred Roos
Casting
Carlo Savina
Conductor
Philip Rhodes
Makeup
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