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The Godfather

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 Written by
Mario Puzo Screenplay
Francis Ford Coppola Screenplay
Mario Puzo Novel

 Directed by
Francis Ford Coppola

Spanning the years 1945 to 1955, a chronicle of the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch, Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael steps in to take care of the would-be killers, launching a campaign of bloody revenge.


 Release Date
March 14, 1972

175 minutes


Marlon Brando Don Vito Corleone
Al Pacino Michael Corleone
James Caan Santino 'Sonny' Corleone
Richard S. Castellano Pete Clemenza
Robert Duvall Tom Hagen
Sterling Hayden Capt. Mark McCluskey
John Marley Jack Woltz
Richard Conte Emilio Barzini
Al Lettieri Virgil 'Der Türke' Sollozzo
Diane Keaton Kay Adams
Abe Vigoda Salvatore "Sally" Tessio
Talia Shire Connie Corleone Rizzi
Gianni Russo Carlo Rizzi
John Cazale Fredo Corleone
Rudy Bond Carmine Cuneo
Al Martino Johnny Fontane
Morgana King Mama Corleone
Lenny Montana Luca Brasi
John Martino Paulie
Salvatore Corsitto Bonasera
Alex Rocco Moe Greene
Tony Giorgio Bruno Tattaglia
Victor Rendina Philip Tattaglia
Simonetta Stefanelli Apollonia Vitelli-Corleone
Saro Urzì Vitelli
Sofia Coppola Michael Francis Rizzi
Louis Guss Don Zaluchi
Gabriele Torrei Enzo, the baker
Tony King Tony - Stablehand
Richard Bright Neri
Vito Scotti Nazorine
Tere Livrano Theresa Hagen
Julie Gregg Sandra Corleone
Angelo Infanti Fabrizio
Corrado Gaipa Don Tommasino
Franco Citti Calo
Max Brandt Extra in Furniture-Moving Scene (uncredited)
Carmine Coppola Piano Player in Montage (uncredited)
Roman Coppola Boy on Street Who Attended Funeral (uncredited)
Don Costello Don Victor Stracci (uncredited)
Robert Dahdah Crowd (uncredited)
Gray Frederickson Cowboy on the Set at Woltz's Studio (uncredited)
Ron Gilbert Usher in Bridal Party (uncredited)
Joe Lo Grippo Sonny's Bodyguard (uncredited)
Sonny Grosso Cop Outside Hospital (uncredited)
Randy Jurgensen Sonny's Killer #1 (uncredited)
Tony Lip Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Lou Martini Jr. Boy at Wedding (uncredited)
Raymond Martino Corleone Family Member (uncredited)
Joseph Medaglia Priest at Baptism (uncredited)
Rick Petrucelli Man in Passenger Seat (uncredited)
Sal Richards Drunk (uncredited)
Tom Rosqui Rocco Lampone (uncredited)
Frank Sivero Street Extra (uncredited)
Filomena Spagnuolo Extra in Wedding Scene (uncredited)
Joe Spinell Willi Cicci (uncredited)
Nick Vallelonga Wedding Party Guest (uncredited)
Conrad Yama Fruit Vendor (uncredited)

- Marlon Brando came with the idea of interpreting Vito Corleone like a bulldog. Francis Ford Coppola went to Brando's house to do a test for the role and it is during that visit that Brando put some
Francis Ford Coppola, from the 2017 Tribeca film festival Godfather reunion: "He came out of his bedroom, early in the morning, he was a beautiful man. He had long blonde hair. He had a Japanese robe on. Not a word spoken. He saw me there. He saw there was a camera. And he took his hair and he rolled it up with shoe polish on it and he put his shirt on. And started bending the collar. 'They always have the collars bent, you know.' (..) And then he took some paper and stuffed it in his jaws and he said 'He should be like a bulldog' and he also said 'he was shot in the throat.' And he started turning into the character."
- Lenny Montana, playing the role of Luca Brasi, knew the world of mafia quite well. Coppola: "There is a scene where he puts out a gun and he puts bullets and spins it. (...) 'Can you do that?' And he said: 'Are you kidding?'.
He obviously knew how to do it.
- When James Caan threw Gianni Russo into the garbage can, Russo allegedly broke two ribs and cracked his elbow.

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One of the best movies of all time
By Jack Anderson on September 8, 2017

The Godfather is often referred as the best film of all time. And this is no coincidence. The movie is the ultimate perfection from the very first second to the last. It is magnificent and I am in loss of words to describe how much I love this film. But I'll try anyway...

Even before the acting, the casting was marvellous. Every single character is beautifully cast. Marlon Brando is giving a performance of a lifetime. Coppola explains that Brando, known to be a method-actor, actually came up with many physical aspects of the character on his own. Coppola went to Brando's house one day, and Brando put some gomina into his hair, then some paper tissue into his mouth and started to talk in the way that is known universally known as the mafia's way. As Coppola explained, Brando became Don Vito Corleone in front of him. That's History right here.
Meanwhile, Al Pacino was a very difficult choice, as the Paramount studio was actually against him. The way Al Pacino is portraying his character is extremely courageous. His performance is very serious, almost numb. But boy does it work!

The music from Nino Rota is providing a perfect atmosphere to the film. At times, the music is very upbeat, like a waltz. And later, it becomes extremely dark, but always with a touch of classical romance.

My favourite movie of all time. I give it 10 out of 10.


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