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Encyclopedia > The Godfather
The Godfather
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Produced by Albert S. Ruddy
Written by Mario Puzo (novel and screenplay)
Francis Ford Coppola
Starring Marlon Brando
Al Pacino
James Caan
Robert Duvall
Diane Keaton
Richard S. Castellano
Abe Vigoda
John Cazale
Talia Shire
Music by Nino Rota
Carmine Coppola
Cinematography Gordon Willis
Editing by Marc Laub
William H. Reynolds
Murray Solomon
Peter Zinner
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) March 15, 1972 (USA)
November 1, 1972 (Australia)
Running time 175 min.
Country United States
Language English
Sicilian
Latin
Budget $6,000,000
Followed by The Godfather Part II
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

The Godfather is a 1972 crime film based on the novel of the same name by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, with screenplay by Puzo and Coppola. The film stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton and James Caan. The story spans ten years from late 1945 to 1955 and chronicles the life of the Corleone crime family. Look up godfather in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (502x755, 57 KB)original movie poster source:www. ... Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five-time Academy Award winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... Albert S. Ruddy (Born: March 28, 1930) is a Canadian filmmaker. ... Mario Gianluigi Puzo (October 15, 1920 – July 2, 1999) was an American author known for his novels about the Mafia, especially The Godfather (1969). ... Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five-time Academy Award winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... Marlon Brando, Jr. ... Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an Academy, Golden Globe, Tony, BAFTA, Emmy, and SAG award winning American actor who is best known for playing the roles of Tony Montana in the 1983 film Scarface and Michael Corleone in The Godfather Trilogy . ... James Langston Edmund Caan (born March 26, 1940) is an American Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated American film, stage and television actor. ... Robert Selden Duvall (born January 5, 1931) is an Academy Award-, two-time Emmy Award-, and four-time Golden Globe Award-winning American film actor and director. ... Diane Keaton (born Diane Hall on January 5, 1946) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress, director and producer. ... Richard Salvatore Castellano (September 4, 1933 – December 10, 1988) was an American actor. ... Abe Vigoda (born Abraham Charles Vigodah on February 24, 1921) is an American movie and television actor who bears a striking resemblance to professional poker player Gus Hansen. ... John Frank Charles Cazale (August 12, 1935 – March 12, 1978) was a distinguished Golden Globe Award nominated American film and stage actor whose brief career spanned several acclaimed films of the 1970s. ... Talia Shire (born April 25, 1946), is an Academy Award-nominated American actress. ... Nino Rota (December 3, 1911 – April 10, 1979) was an Italian composer best known for his work on film scores, notably The Godfather series and the films of Federico Fellini. ... Carmine Coppola Carmine Coppola (born June 11, 1910 in New York City, died April 26, 1991 in Northridge, CA) was a composer, editor, musical director, and songwriter. ... Gordon Willis (born May 28, 1931 in Queens, New York) is a highly respected Hollywood cinematographer best known for his work on the The Godfather series and on some of Woody Allens most popular films. ... Peter Zinner (July 24, 1919 – November 13, 2007) was an Austrian-born American film editor. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... is the 74th day of the year (75th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Sicilian (, Italian: ) is a Romance language. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... The Godfather Part II is a 1974 motion picture directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a script he co-wrote with Mario Puzo. ... // Top grossing films The Godfather Fiddler on the Roof Diamonds Are Forever Whats Up, Doc?, starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan ONeal Dirty Harry The Last Picture Show A Clockwork Orange Cabaret, starring Liza Minnelli The Hospital Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex Academy Awards Best Picture... A crime film, in its most general sense, is a film that deals with crime, criminal justice and the darker side of human nature. ... The Godfather is a novel written by American author Mario Puzo originally published in 1969 by G. P. Putnams Sons. ... Mario Gianluigi Puzo (October 15, 1920 – July 2, 1999) was an American author known for his novels about the Mafia, especially The Godfather (1969). ... Director Herbert Brenon with actress Alla Nazimova on the set of War Brides, 1916 A director is a person who directs the making of a film. ... Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five-time Academy Award winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... Marlon Brando, Jr. ... Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an Academy, Golden Globe, Tony, BAFTA, Emmy, and SAG award winning American actor who is best known for playing the roles of Tony Montana in the 1983 film Scarface and Michael Corleone in The Godfather Trilogy . ... Robert Selden Duvall (born January 5, 1931) is an Academy Award-, two-time Emmy Award-, and four-time Golden Globe Award-winning American film actor and director. ... Diane Keaton (born Diane Hall on January 5, 1946) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress, director and producer. ... James Langston Edmund Caan (born March 26, 1940) is an American Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated American film, stage and television actor. ... The Corleone family is a fictional Mafia family of Mario Puzos The Godfather. ...


The Godfather was initially ranked as the third greatest film in American cinematic history (behind Citizen Kane and Casablanca) on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies list by the American Film Institute. It has now been re-ranked number two under Citizen Kane, with number three being Casablanca. [1] It is also the top movie on Internet Movie Database's Top 250 list,[2] as well as Metacritic's top 100 list and Rotten Tomatoes' all-time best list.[3][4] Citizen Kane is a 1941 mystery/drama film released by RKO Pictures and directed by Orson Welles, his first feature film. ... For other uses, see Casablanca (disambiguation). ... The first of the AFI 100 Years. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Two sequels followed, The Godfather Part II in 1974 and The Godfather Part III in 1990. The Godfather Part II is a 1974 motion picture directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a script he co-wrote with Mario Puzo. ... See also: 1973 in film 1974 1975 in film 1970s in film years in film film // Events February 7 - Blazing Saddles is released in USA May 1 - George Lucas creates the first draft of what would eventually become Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... The Godfather Part III (1990) is the third and final film in the Godfather trilogy written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, and directed by Coppola. ... The year 1990 in film involved some significant events. ...

Contents

Plot

The film begins at the wedding of Don Vito Corleone's daughter Connie to Carlo Rizzi on Long Island in late summer of 1945. Because "no Sicilian can refuse a request on his daughter's wedding day", Corleone, known to his friends and associates as "Godfather", and Tom Hagen (the Corleone family consigliere, or counselor) are preoccupied with hearing requests from friends and associates. Meanwhile, the Don's youngest son Michael, who has returned from World War II service as a highly decorated war hero, tells his girlfriend Kay Adams anecdotes about his father's criminal life, reassuring her that he is not like his family. Vito Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather, as well as Francis Ford Coppolas trilogy of films based on it. ... Constanzia Connie Corleone Rizzi (1927–2001) is a fictional character from The Godfather by Mario Puzo. ... Carlo Rizzi is a fictional a character in Mario Puzos The Godfather. ... This article is about the island in New York State. ... Sicily ( in Italian and Sicilian) is an autonomous region of Italy and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, with an area of 25,708 km² (9,926 sq. ... Thomas Tom Feargal Hagen is a fictional character in the Godfather books and films. ... Michael Corleone is a fictional character and protagonist in Mario Puzos novels, The Godfather and The Sicilian. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Information Gender Female Date of birth 1922 Date of death 1988 Family Corleone family Relationships Michael Corleone Children Mary Corleone, Anthony Corleone Portrayed by Diane Keaton Created by Mario Puzo For similar names, see Kaye Adams (disambiguation) Kay Adams Corleone(1922-1988) is a fictional character in Mario Puzos...


Among the guests at the celebration is the famous singer Johnny Fontane, Corleone's godson, who has come from Hollywood to petition the Godfather's help in landing a movie role that will revitalize his flagging career. Jack Woltz, the head of the studio, will not give Fontane the part, but Don Corleone explains to Johnny: "I'll make him an offer he can't refuse." Hagen is dispatched to California to fix the problem, but Woltz angrily tells him that he will never cast Fontane in the role, for which he is perfect, because Fontane seduced and "ruined" a starlet that Woltz favored. The next morning, Woltz wakes up to find the bloody severed head of his prize stud horse in the bed with him. Woltz gives in. Johnny Fontane (April 2, 1913-September 17, 1989) is an Academy Award winning fictional character in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather, as well the series of movies based upon it. ... Jack Woltz is a fictional character from the novel The Godfather and the 1972 film adaptation. ...


Upon Hagen's return, the family meets with heroin dealer Virgil "The Turk" Sollozzo, who is being backed by the rival Tattaglia family. He asks Don Corleone for political and legal protection, as well as financing to start the mass importation and distribution of heroin, but despite the huge amount of money to be made, Corleone refuses, explaining that his political influence would be jeopardized by a move into the narcotics trade. The Don's oldest son, hotheaded Sonny, who had earlier expressed to the Don his support of the family entering into the narcotics trade, breaks rank during the meeting and questions Sollozzo's assurances as to the Corleone Family's investment being guaranteed by the Tattaglia Family. His father, angry at Sonny's dissention in front of a non-family member, later privately rebukes him. Don Corleone then dispatches his aide, Luca Brasi, to infiltrate Sollozzo's organization and report back with information. For other uses, see Heroin (disambiguation). ... Virgil The Turk Sollozzo (March 2, 1899 - January 12, 1946) is a fictional character in Mario Puzos The Godfather. ... Santino Sonny Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzos 1969 novel The Godfather and its 1972 film adaptation. ... Luca Brasi (1906-1945) is a character in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather, as well as its 1972 film adaptation (portrayed by Lenny Montana). ...

Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone, the Godfather.

Soon after his refusal, Don Corleone is shot several times in an assassination attempt at a local market. It is not immediately known whether he has survived. Meanwhile, Sollozzo and the Tattaglias kill Luca Brasi. Sollozzo then abducts and persuades Tom Hagen to offer Sonny the deal previously offered to his father. Sollozzo reasons that Sonny is more amenable to the deal than was his father, and that with Don Corleone out of the way, Sonny will accept the deal. Enraged, Sonny refuses to consider the deal, promising a war with the Tattaglias and Sollozzo. Image File history File links Godfather15. ... Image File history File links Godfather15. ... Marlon Brando, Jr. ...


Michael, who is considered a "civilian" (not involved in the mob business) by the other mafia families and therefore able to live a more normal life, visits his recovering father in the hospital. He is immediately shocked to find that there is no one guarding him. Realizing that his father is again being set up to be killed, he calls Sonny with a report, then moves his father to another room. He then goes outside to watch the door. With the help of an overwhelmed Enzo (the baker), who feels indebted to the Don, he bluffs away Sollozzo's men. Police cars soon appear with the corrupt Captain McCluskey, who breaks Michael's jaw when he insinuates that McCluskey is being paid by Sollozzo to set up his father. Just then, Hagen arrives with "private detectives" licensed to carry guns to protect Don Corleone, and takes Michael home.


Following the attempt on the Don's life at the hospital, Sollozzo and Captain McCluskey, who is acting as Sollozzo's bodyguard, request a meeting with Michael in the interest of ameliorating their differences. A quietly seething Michael volunteers to kill both men during the meeting, thus initially amusing Sonny and the other senior members of the Corleone family; Sonny later admonishes him for reacting so personally and emotionally. However, Michael convinces them that killing Sollozo and McCluskey is in the family's interest: "It's not personal. It's strictly business." The meeting between Michael and Sollozzo, with McCluskey attending, is arranged at a quiet local restaurant in the Bronx, as requested by Michael so he will "feel safe". After being searched by McCluskey, Michael excuses himself to go to the restroom, retrieves a planted revolver, and immediately assassinates Sollozzo and McCluskey with near-point-blank-range shots to the head and neck. To avoid his arrest for the murders, Michael is sent to Sicily while the Corleone family prepares for all-out warfare with the rest of the Five Families, who unite against the Corleones, as well as a general clampdown on the mob by the police and government authorities. Point-blank range is the distance between a gun and a target such that it requires minimal effort in aiming it, in particular no allowance needs to be made for the effects of gravity, target movement or wind in aiming the projectile. ... Sicily ( in Italian and Sicilian) is an autonomous region of Italy and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, with an area of 25,708 km² (9,926 sq. ... The Five Families are the major crime families of the Italian-American Mafia based in New York City which have dominated traditional organized crime in New York. ...


While in Sicily, Michael lives under the protection of Don Tommasino, an old friend of the family. While there, he falls in love with and marries a local girl, Apollonia, who is subsequently killed in a botched attempt on Michael's life. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Apollonia Vitelli-Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzos The Godfather saga. ...


Meanwhile, back in New York, Don Corleone returns home from the hospital and is distraught to learn that Michael was the one who killed Sollozzo and McCluskey. Some months later, in 1948, Sonny severely beats Rizzi for brutalizing the pregnant Connie, and threatens to kill him the next time he abuses her. Later, on the order of Tattaglia, Carlo beats Connie severely in an attempt to lure Sonny out. Furious at the treatment of his sister, Sonny drives off alone to fulfill his threat. On the way, he is ambushed and machine-gunned to death at the causeway tollbooth.


Instead of seeking revenge for Sonny's killing, Don Corleone meets with the heads of the Five Families to arrange an end to the war. Not only is it draining all of their assets and threatening their survival, but ending the conflict is the only way that Michael can return home safely. Reversing his previous decision, Vito agrees that the Corleone family will provide political protection for Philip Tattaglia's traffic in heroin. At the meeting, Don Corleone intuits that Don Barzini, not Tattaglia, was responsible for the mob war and Sonny's death. Philip Gustapay Tattaglia(1891-1955) is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather, the first installment of The Godfather film trilogy and The Godfather video game. ... Don Emilio Barzini (1893-1950) is a fictional character in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and the film based on it. ...


With his safety guaranteed, Michael returns from Sicily. More than a year later, he reunites with his former girlfriend, Kay, telling her that he wants to marry her. With the Don semi-retired, Sonny dead and middle brother Fredo considered incapable of running the family business, Michael is now in charge, and he claims that the family business will soon be completely legitimate. Frederico Fredo Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather. ...


Clemenza and Tessio, two Corleone Family caporegimes (captains) complain that they are being pushed around by the Barzini Family and ask permission to strike back, but Michael refuses. With his father as consigliere, he plans to move the family operations to Nevada and after that, Clemenza and Tessio may break away to go on their own. Michael further promises that Connie's husband, Carlo, is going to be his right hand in Nevada, while Hagen will be the Family's Las Vegas lawyer. Peter Clemenza is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and two of the three films based on it. ... Salvatore Sal Tessio is a fictional character in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and the film based on it. ... A caporegime (sometimes shortened to capo) is a term used in the Mafia for a high ranking member of a crime family who heads a crew (or group) of soldiers. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Nevada. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Nevada. ...

Robert Duvall as Tom Hagen (left) and Al Pacino as Michael Corleone (right)

In Las Vegas Michael is greeted by Fredo and Johnny Fontane in the hotel-casino partly financed by the Corleones, and run by Moe Greene. Michael explains to Johnny that the Family needs his help in persuading his friends in show business to sign long-term contracts to appear at the casino. In a meeting with Moe Greene, Michael offers to buy out Greene but is rudely rebuffed. Greene believes the Corleones are weak and that he can secure a better deal from Barzini. Image File history File links This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... Image File history File links This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... Robert Selden Duvall (born January 5, 1931) is an Academy Award-, two-time Emmy Award-, and four-time Golden Globe Award-winning American film actor and director. ... Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an Academy, Golden Globe, Tony, BAFTA, Emmy, and SAG award winning American actor who is best known for playing the roles of Tony Montana in the 1983 film Scarface and Michael Corleone in The Godfather Trilogy . ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ... Moe Greene is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and the first installment of the Godfather trilogy. ...


Michael returns home. In a private meeting, Vito explains his expectation that the Family's enemies will attempt to kill Michael by using a trusted associate to arrange a meeting as a pretext for assassination. Shortly afterwards, Don Vito dies of a heart attack while playing with his young grandson Anthony in his tomato garden. Anthony Vito Corleone (1952- ) is a fictional character in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather, as well as the trilogy of films based on it directed by Francis Ford Coppola. ...


During the funeral, Tessio conveys a proposal for a meeting with Barzini, which identifies him as the traitor that Vito was expecting.


Murder and Finale

Michael arranges for a series of murders to occur while he is standing as godfather for Connie and Carlo's son.

    • Pete Clemenza shoots Don Stracci and his bodyguards with a shotgun as they exit an elevator.
    • Moe Greene, while having a massage in one of his hotels, is shot in the eye by an unknown assassin (this form of execution was later known as the "Moe Greene Special").
    • Don Cuneo, while leaving a hotel, is trapped in a revolving door by Willi Cicci and shot.
    • Don Tattaglia and a prostitute he is with are gunned down while in bed by Rocco Lampone and another unknown assassin.
    • Finally, Don Barzini is shot on the steps of a courthouse by Al Neri, who is disguised by wearing his old policeman's uniform.

Michael's presence at the baptism gives him a perfect alibi for the murders. After the baptism, Tessio believes he and Michael are on their way to meet with Barzini. Instead, he is taken away by Willi Cicci and other buttonmen to be killed. Before he is carried away, Tessio tells Tom Hagen that he always liked Michael and his betrayal was simply just business. Michael confronts Carlo about Sonny's murder and tricks him into admitting his role in setting up the ambush. Michael informs Carlo that his punishment is to be excluded from the family business and hands him a plane ticket to exile in Nevada. Carlo gets into a car to go to the airport and is garroted by Clemenza. Information Gender Male Portrayed by Richard S. Castellano Created by Mario Puzo Peter Clemenza (1890-1957) is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and two of the three films based on it. ... Don Anthony Stracci (1894-1955) (Black Tony) is a fictional character appearing in the film The Godfather. ... Moe Greene is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and the first installment of the Godfather trilogy. ... Don Ottilio Leo the Milkman Cuneo (1882-1955) is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather. ... Philip Gustapay Tattaglia(1891-1955) is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather, the first installment of The Godfather film trilogy and The Godfather video game. ... Rocco Lampone is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and the first two installments of the Godfather trilogy. ... Don Emilio Barzini (1893-1950) is a fictional character in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and the film based on it. ... Albert Al Neri(1916-1990) is a character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and the three films based on it. ... For alibi used in the sense of a legal defense, see the Wiktionary entry Alibi. ... Thomas Tom Feargal Hagen is a fictional character in the Godfather books and films. ... A garrote or garrote vil (a Spanish word; alternative spellings include garotte and garrotte) is a handheld weapon, most often referring to a ligature of chain, rope, scarf, wire or fishing line used to strangle someone to death. ...


Later, Connie confronts Michael, accusing him of Carlo's murder. Kay questions Michael about Connie's accusation, but he refuses to answer. She insists, and Michael lies, assuring his wife that he had no role in Carlo's death. Kay is relieved by his denial, believing it to be true. As the film ends, she watches Clemenza and new caporegime Rocco Lampone pay their respects to Michael, kissing his hand and addressing him as "Don Corleone." The door is closed by new capo Al Neri, as she realizes that Michael has become the new Godfather.


Cast

Marlon Brando, Jr. ... Vito Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather, as well as Francis Ford Coppolas trilogy of films based on it. ... Carmella Mama Corleone (December 8, 1897 – January 27, 1959) is a fictional character in Mario Puzos The Godfather. ... Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an Academy, Golden Globe, Tony, BAFTA, Emmy, and SAG award winning American actor who is best known for playing the roles of Tony Montana in the 1983 film Scarface and Michael Corleone in The Godfather Trilogy . ... Michael Corleone is a fictional character and protagonist in Mario Puzos novels, The Godfather and The Sicilian. ... James Langston Edmund Caan (born March 26, 1940) is an American Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated American film, stage and television actor. ... Santino Sonny Corleone (December 31 1916 - August 7, 1948) is a fictional character in Mario Puzos 1969 novel The Godfather and its 1972 film adaptation. ... Capo Bastone or Beat Head, known as the Underboss is second in command to the Capo Crimini. ... Robert Selden Duvall (born January 5, 1931) is an Academy Award-, two-time Emmy Award-, and four-time Golden Globe Award-winning American film actor and director. ... Thomas Tom Feargal Hagen is a fictional character in the Godfather books and films. ... ... Diane Keaton (born Diane Hall on January 5, 1946) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress, director and producer. ... Information Gender Female Date of birth 1922 Date of death 1988 Family Corleone family Relationships Michael Corleone Children Mary Corleone, Anthony Corleone Portrayed by Diane Keaton Created by Mario Puzo For similar names, see Kaye Adams (disambiguation) Kay Adams Corleone(1922-1988) is a fictional character in Mario Puzos... White Anglo-Saxon Protestant, commonly abbreviated to the acronym WASP, is a term which originated in the United States. ... John Frank Charles Cazale (August 12, 1935 – March 12, 1978) was a distinguished Golden Globe Award nominated American film and stage actor whose brief career spanned several acclaimed films of the 1970s. ... Frederico Fredo Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather. ... Talia Shire (born April 25, 1946), is an Academy Award-nominated American actress. ... Constanzia Connie Corleone Rizzi (1927–2001) is a fictional character from The Godfather by Mario Puzo. ... Carlo Rizzi is a fictional a character in Mario Puzos The Godfather. ... Richard Salvatore Castellano (September 4, 1933 – December 10, 1988) was an American actor. ... Information Gender Male Portrayed by Richard S. Castellano Created by Mario Puzo Peter Clemenza (1890-1957) is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and two of the three films based on it. ... A caporegime (sometimes shortened to capo) is a term used in the Mafia for a high ranking member of a crime family who heads a crew (or group) of soldiers. ... Abe Vigoda (born Abraham Charles Vigodah on February 24, 1921) is an American movie and television actor who bears a striking resemblance to professional poker player Gus Hansen. ... As Don Vito Corleone rose to prominence in the Mafia underworld, Tessio and Clemenza rose with him, eventually settling into the capo role. ... Al Lettieri (born Alessandro Lettieri, February 24, 1928 – October 18, 1975) was an Italian American actor, best known for his portrayal of Virgil The Turk Sollozzo in The Godfather. ... Virgil The Turk Sollozzo (March 2, 1899 - January 12, 1946) is a fictional character in Mario Puzos The Godfather. ... Gianni Russo (born April 17th, 1944) is an Italian-American actor who is best known for his role as Carlo Rizzi in the 1972 movie The Godfather. ... Carlo Rizzi is a fictional a character in Mario Puzos The Godfather. ... Sterling Hayden (March 26, 1916 - May 23, 1986) was an American actor. ... Lenny Montana (born Leonardo Passofaro) (March 13, 1926 – May 12, 1992) was an American actor. ... Luca Brasi (1906-1945) is a character in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather, as well as its 1972 film adaptation (portrayed by Lenny Montana). ... Richard Conte (March 24, 1910 – April 15, 1975) was an American actor who appeared in films such as Ill Cry Tomorrow and The Godfather. ... Don Emilio Barzini (1893-1950) is a fictional character in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and the film based on it. ... Al Martino (born Alfred Cini, October 7, 1927, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an Italian-American singer and actor. ... Johnny Fontane (April 2, 1913-September 17, 1989) is an Academy Award winning fictional character in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather, as well the series of movies based upon it. ... John Marley (October 17, 1907 – May 22, 1984) was an American actor who is best known for his role as Phil Cavalleri in Love Story and as Jack Woltz - who receives a horses head in his bed - in The Godfather. ... Jack Woltz is a fictional character from the novel The Godfather and the 1972 film adaptation. ... Alex Rocco (born Alexander Federico Petricone, Jr. ... Moe Greene is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and the first installment of the Godfather trilogy. ... Morgana King (born Maria Grazia Morgana Messina DeBernardinis on July 4, 1930 in Pleasantville, New York) is an American actress of Portugese and Italian ancestry, most famous for playing the role of Mama Corleone in The Godfather (1972). ... Carmella Mama Corleone (December 8, 1897 – January 27, 1959) is a fictional character in Mario Puzos The Godfather. ... John was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. ... Philip Gustapay Tattaglia(1891-1955) is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather, the first installment of The Godfather film trilogy and The Godfather video game. ... Simonetta Stefanelli (November 30, 1954-July 23, 2006[1]) is an Italian actress who was born in Rome, Italy. ... Apollonia Vitelli-Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzos The Godfather saga. ... Sicily ( in Italian and Sicilian) is an autonomous region of Italy and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, with an area of 25,708 km² (9,926 sq. ... Sofia Carmina Coppola (born May 14, 1971) is an American film director, actress, producer and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. ... Louis Guss (born January 4, 1918 in New York, New York) is a character actor with a long line of screen credits. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rocco Lampone is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and the first two installments of the Godfather trilogy. ... Joe Spinell (October 28, 1936 – January 13, 1989) was an American actor who played bit roles in a few famous movies in the 1970s. ... Richard Bright may refer to: Richard Bright, an English physician and early pioneer in the research of kidney disease. ... Albert Al Neri(1916-1990) is a character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and the three films based on it. ...

Differences from the novel

One of the primary parts of Puzo's novel which was not used for the movie was the flashback story of Don Corleone's earlier life, including the circumstances of his emigration to America, his early family life, his murder of Don Fanucci, and his rise in importance in the mafia, all of which were later used in The Godfather Part II. In literature, film, television and other media, a flashback (also called analepsis) is an interjected scene that takes the narrative back in time from the current point the story has reached. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... The Godfather Part II is a 1974 motion picture directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a script he co-wrote with Mario Puzo. ...


Many subplots were trimmed in the transition from the printed page to the screen, including: singer Johnny Fontane's misfortunes with women and his problems with his voice; Sonny's impulsive dabbling in street crime as a teenager and his utter lack of the tact and coolheadedness possessed in such abundance by his father; Sonny's paramour Lucy Mancini's new-found love in Dr. Jules Segal (a character entirely missing from the film), who not only repairs Lucy's vaginal malformation but puts Michael in touch with the surgeon who repairs Michael's facial bones (which had been damaged by Capt. McCluskey) and also operated on Johnny Fontane's vocal cords, thus restoring his singing voice; Jack Woltz' increasing pedophilia; Kay Adams's home life; Luca Brasi's demonic past;the Corleone family's victorious rise to power in earlier New York gang wars in which Don Corleone survives a previous assassination attempt and Al Capone sends triggermen from Chicago in an unsuccessful attempt to aid a rival gang; Don Corleone's ingenious plan used to take Michael out of exile in Sicily; the detailed savage attack on the two men who assaulted Bonasera's daughter, which was led by Paulie Gatto and involved retainer thugs (which was only alluded to in the film). Pedophilia or paedophilia (see spelling differences) is the primary or exclusive sexual attraction by adults to prepubescent youths. ...


Additionally, the novel makes it clear that Lucy was not pregnant by Sonny when she moved to Las Vegas, thus leaving no room for Vincent Mancini of The Godfather, Part III. Curiously, Puzo wrote the screenplays of all three movies, so the contradiction was well known to him. The Godfather, Part III is a 1990 film, the third in the Godfather trilogy. ...


Characters with smaller roles in the film than in the novel include Johnny Fontane, Lucy Mancini, Rocco Lampone, and Al Neri (the latter two are reduced to non-speaking roles). Characters dropped in the film adaptation beside Dr. Segal include Genco Abbandando (only spoken of, he appears in a deleted scene featured in The Godfather Saga; he first appears on film in The Godfather II) and Dr. Taza from Sicily. Also, in the book, Michael and Kay have two sons, but in the movies they have a son and a daughter. The Godfather Saga is a made for TV movie that combines The Godfather Part I and The Godfather Part II into one movie playing in chronological order. ...


The novel and film also differ on the fates of Michael's bodyguards in Sicily, Fabrizzio and Calo. The film has them both surviving (Calo, in fact, appears in the third installment). In the book, however, Calo dies along with Apollonia in the car explosion, and Fabrizzio is shot and killed as one more victim in the famous "baptism scene" after he is tracked down running a pizza parlor in America. Fabrizzio's murder was deleted from the film but publicity photos of the scene exist.[4] (He is later killed in a completely different scene in The Godfather Saga which was deleted from The Godfather: Part II). A supreme pizza such as this one includes many different toppings, such as pepperoni (one of the most popular toppings on American pizzas), green peppers, olives, and mushrooms. ... The Godfather Saga is a made for TV movie that combines The Godfather Part I and The Godfather Part II into one movie playing in chronological order. ...


The ending of the book differs from the end of the movie: whereas in the film Kay suddenly realizes that Michael has become "like his family", the drama is toned down in the book, where Tom Hagen lets her in on secrets for which, according to him, he would be killed should Michael find out. During the film's baptism scene, all the heads of the Five Families were killed. In the novel, only Barzini and Tattaglia, previously at war with the Corleones, are killed.


Production

Coppola and Paramount

Francis Ford Coppola was not the first choice to direct, as at least two other directors were approached first. Italian director Sergio Leone was offered the job, but he declined on the basis that he did not find the story interesting. (He went on to direct his own gangster opus, Once Upon a Time in America, which focused on Jewish-American gangsters.) At the time, Coppola had directed eight previous films, the most notable of which was the film version of the stage musical Finian's Rainbow — although he had also received an Academy Award for co-writing Patton in 1970.[5] Coppola was in debt to Warner Bros. for $400,000 following budget over-runs on George Lucas' THX-1138, which Coppola had produced, and he took The Godfather on Lucas' advice.[6] Sergio Leone (January 3, 1929 – April 30, 1989) was an Italian film director. ... Once Upon a Time in America (Italian title Cera una volta in America) (1984) is the last film by director Sergio Leone, and features Robert De Niro and James Woods as Jewish ghetto youths who rise to prominence in New York Citys world of organized crime. ... Finians Rainbow is a 1968 American movie musical. ... // Patton can refer to: George S. Patton (1885-1945), U.S. general Patton, a film about the general Patton sabre, a heavy cavalry sword developed by George S. Patton and modeled after the 1908 and 1912 Pattern British Army Cavalry Swords Patton tanks, named after the general Patton, Missouri Patton... “WB” redirects here. ... George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... THX 1138 is a 1971 science fiction film written and directed by George Lucas, with Walter Murch collaborating on the screenplay. ...


There was intense friction between Coppola and the studio, Paramount Pictures, and several times Coppola was almost replaced. Paramount maintains that its skepticism was due to a rocky start to production, though Coppola believes that the first week went extremely well. Paramount thought that Coppola failed to stay on schedule, frequently made production and casting errors, and insisted on unnecessary expenses. Coppola says, in the DVD commentary, that he was shadowed by a replacement director, who was ready to take over if Coppola was fired, but despite such intense pressure, Coppola managed to defend his decisions and avoid being replaced. Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ...


Paramount was in financial troubles at the time of production and so was desperate for a "Big Hit" to boost business, hence the pressure Coppola faced during filming. They wanted The Godfather to appeal to a wide audience and threatened Coppola with a "Violence coach" to make the film more exciting. Coppola added a few more Violent scenes to keep the studio happy.


Casting

Coppola's casting choices were not popular with the studio executives at Paramount Pictures, particularly Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone. Paramount, which wanted Laurence Olivier (who was unable to take the part due to health problems), originally refused to allow Coppola to cast Brando in the role, citing the difficulties Brando had had on recent film sets. One studio suit proposed Danny Thomas for the role instead of Brando citing the fact that Don Corleone was a strong "family man". At one point, Coppola was told by the then president of Paramount that "Marlon Brando will never appear in this motion picture." After pleading with the executives, Coppola was allowed to cast Brando on the condition that he appear in the film for much less salary than his previous films, that he perform a screen-test, and that he put up a bond saying that he would not cause a delay in the production (as he had done on previous film sets).[7] Coppola chose Brando over Ernest Borgnine, as the former won him over with his screen test. Brando went on to win an Academy Award for his portrayal, which he refused to accept. Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM, (IPA: ; 22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and four-time Emmy winning English actor, director, and producer. ... Ernest Borgnine (born Ermes Effron Borgnino in Hamden, Connecticut on January 24, 1917[1][2] ) is a Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award winning American actor. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ...


The studio originally wanted Robert Redford or Ryan O'Neal to play Michael Corleone, but Coppola wanted an unknown who looked like an Italian-American, who he found in Al Pacino.[8] Pacino was not well known at the time, and the studio did not consider him right for the part,[7] in part because of his height. Pacino was given the role only after Coppola threatened to quit the production. Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman, Warren Beatty, Martin Sheen,[7] and James Caan also auditioned.[7] Elvis Presley was also interested in the role, but did not audition. Robert Redford (born Charles Robert Redford, Jr. ... Ryan ONeal (born Patrick Ryan ONeal on April 20, 1941 in Los Angeles, California) is an Oscar-nominated American actor. ... Michael Corleone is a fictional character and protagonist in Mario Puzos novels, The Godfather and The Sicilian. ... Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an Academy, Golden Globe, Tony, BAFTA, Emmy, and SAG award winning American actor who is best known for playing the roles of Tony Montana in the 1983 film Scarface and Michael Corleone in The Godfather Trilogy . ... John Joseph Nicholson (born April 22, 1937), known as Jack Nicholson, is a three time Academy Award-winning American actor internationally renowned for his often dark-themed portrayals of neurotic characters. ... Dustin Lee Hoffman (born August 8, 1937) is a two-time Academy Award-winning, BAFTA-winning, and five-time Golden Globe-winning American method actor. ... Henry Warren Beatty (born March 30, 1937), better known as Warren Beatty, is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning American actor, producer, screenwriter, and director. ... Martin Sheen (born August 3, 1940) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor. ... James Langston Edmund Caan (born March 26, 1940) is an American Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated American film, stage and television actor. ... Elvis redirects here. ...


Before Robert Duvall was cast, Bruce Dern, Paul Newman and Steve McQueen were considered for the role of Tom Hagen. This article is about the American actor and race team owner. ... Steve McQueen (March 24, 1930 – November 7, 1980) was an Academy Award-nominated American movie actor, nicknamed The King of Cool.[1] He was one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1960s and 1970s due to a popular anti-hero persona. ...


A then unknown Robert De Niro auditioned for the roles of Michael, Sonny, Carlo and Paulie Gatto. He was cast as Paulie, but Coppola arranged a "trade" with The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight to get Al Pacino from that film. Robert Mario De Niro, Jr. ... The Gang That Couldnt Shoot Straight is a film released in 1971, directed by James Goldstone. ...


Sylvester Stallone auditioned for Carlo Rizzi and Paulie Gatto, Anthony Perkins for Sonny, and Mia Farrow auditioned for Kay. William Devane was seen for the role of Moe Greene. Mario Adorf was approached for a role as well. Sylvester Stallone (born Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone on July 6, 1946) is a two-time Academy Award-nominated American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. ... Anthony Perkins (April 4, 1932 – September 12, 1992) was an Academy Award-nominated American stage and screen actor best known for his role as Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcocks Psycho and its three sequels, Psycho II, Psycho III and Psycho IV: The Beginning. ... Mia Farrow (born Maria de Lourdes Villiers-Farrow on February 9, 1945) is an American actress. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Mario Adorf (born September 8, 1930) is a Swiss film actor, best known for his role in the 1978 film, The Tin Drum. ...


Coppola cast his infant daughter, Sofia, as Connie and Carlo's newborn son, Michael Francis Rizzi, in the climactic baptism scene near the movie's end. Sofia Coppola played roles in the later Godfather movies. In Part II, she plays a nameless immigrant girl on the ship that brings Vito Corleone to New York. In Part III, she plays a major speaking role: that of Michael Corleone's daughter Mary. Coppola also cast his sons as Frank and Andrew Hagen, the two sons of Tom Hagen. They can be seen in the Sonny-Carlo streetfight scene and behind Al Pacino and Robert Duvall during the funeral scene. Sofia Carmina Coppola (born May 14, 1971) is an American film director, actress, producer and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. ... Information Gender Female Date of birth 1954 Date of death 1980 Family Corleone family Relatives Michael Corleone (father) Kay Adams (mother) Portrayed by Sofia Coppola Created by Mario Puzo Mary Corleone (1954–1980) is a fictional character in the Godfather saga, portrayed by Sofia Coppola. ...


Star salaries

Al Pacino, James Caan and Diane Keaton each received $35,000 for their work on The Godfather, and Robert Duvall got $36,000 for eight weeks of work. Marlon Brando, on the other hand, was paid $50,000 for six weeks and weekly expenses of $1,000, plus 5% of the film, capped at $1.5 million. Brando later sold his points back to Paramount for $300,000.[9]


Filming

Most of the principal photography took place from March 29, 1971 to August 6, 1971, although a scene with Pacino and Keaton was shot in the autumn — there were a total of 77 days of shooting, fewer than the 83 for which the production had budgeted. is the 88th day of the year (89th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... is the 218th day of the year (219th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ...


Locations [10] around New York City and its environs were used for the film, as well as the Sicilian towns of Savoca and Forza d'Agrò outside of Taormina. At least one location in Los Angeles was used also (for the exterior of Woltz' mansion). A scene with Pacino and Keaton was filmed in the town of Ross, California. Interiors were shot at Filmways Studio in New York. Country Italy Region Sicily Province Province of Messina (ME) Mayor Elevation 330 m Area 8. ... Country Italy Region Sicily Province Province of Messina (ME) Mayor Carmelo Lombardo (since November 27, 2000) Elevation 420 m Area 11 km² Population  - Total (as of 2001) 860  - Density 78/km² Time zone CET, UTC+1 Coordinates Gentilic Forzesi Dialing code 0942 Postal code 98030 Patron SS. Crocifisso (Holy Crucifix... Ross is a small town in Marin County, California United States, just north of San Francisco. ...


One of the movie's most shocking moments comes early, involving the real severed head of a horse. Animal rights groups protested the inclusion of the scene. Coppola later stated that the horse's head was delivered to him from a dog food company; a horse had not been killed specifically for the movie.[8][7] Animal liberation redirects here. ...


In the novel, Jack Woltz, the movie producer who has his horse's head put in his bed, is also shown to be a pedophile as Tom Hagen sees a young girl (presumably one of Woltz's child stars) crying while walking out of Woltz's room. This scene was cut from the film but can be found on the DVD release (though Woltz can still briefly be seen kissing the girl on the cheek in his studio in the film). Pedophilia or paedophilia (see spelling differences) is the primary or exclusive sexual attraction by adults to prepubescent youths. ...


The opening scene of The Godfather is a long, slow zoom, starting with a close-up of the undertaker, Bonasera, who is petitioning Don Corleone, and ending with the godfather, seen from behind, framing the scene. This zoom, which lasts for about three minutes, was shot with a computer-controlled zoom lens designed by Tony Karp[11]. The lens was also used in the making of Silent Running. For other uses, see Silent Running (disambiguation). ...


Two different churches were used to film the film's baptism scene. The interior shots were filmed at Old St. Patrick's in New York. For the baptism itself, Bach's Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 was used, as was other Bach works for the pipe organ. The exterior scenes following the baptism were filmed at Mount Loretto Church in Pleasant Plains on Staten Island, New York. In 1973 much of Mount Loretto Church was destroyed in a fire. Only the facade and steeple of the original church remained, and were later incorporated into a new structure that was built to replace the structure destroyed in the fire. Saint Patricks Old Cathedral, or Old St. ... In music, the BACH motif is the sequence of notes B flat, A, C, B natural. ... The Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor (BWV 582) is the name of a piece of music by Johann Sebastian Bach for the organ. ... The baroque organ in Roskilde Cathedral, Denmark The pipe organ is a musical instrument that produces sound by forcing pressurized air (referred to as wind) through a series of pipes. ... Pleasant Plains is a neighborhood located on Staten Island, one of the five boroughs of New York City, the largest city in the United States. ... This article is about the borough in New York City. ...


Reaction

Academy Awards record
1. Best Actor, Marlon Brando
2. Best Picture, Albert S. Ruddy
3. Best Adapted Screenplay, Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola
Golden Globe Awards record
1. Best Picture - Drama
2. Best Director, Francis Ford Coppola
3. Best Actor - Drama, Marlon Brando
4. Best Original Score, Nino Rota
5. Best Screenplay, Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola
BAFTA Awards record
1. Best Music, Nino Rota

The film is greatly respected among international critics and the public and is routinely listed as one of the greatest films ever made. It was voted greatest film of all time by Entertainment Weekly,[5] and number 2 of all time in American cinema by the American Film Institute.[12] It has consistently ranked number 1 on IMDb's Top 250.[13] In the 2002 Sight & Sound poll of international critics, it was ranked as the 4th best film of all time. Both The Godfather and The Godfather Part II have been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. This is not the case for the third installment in the "Godfather" trilogy. Marlon Brando, Jr. ... Albert S. Ruddy (Born: March 28, 1930) is a Canadian filmmaker. ... Mario Gianluigi Puzo (October 15, 1920 – July 2, 1999) was an American author known for his novels about the Mafia, especially The Godfather (1969). ... Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five-time Academy Award winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... Nino Rota (December 3, 1911 – April 10, 1979) was an Italian composer best known for his work on film scores, notably The Godfather series and the films of Federico Fellini. ... While it is impossible to objectively determine the greatest film of all time, it is possible to discuss the films that have been regarded as the greatest ever. ... Entertainment Weekly (sometimes abbreviated EW) is a magazine published by Time Inc. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ... Sight & Sound is a British monthly magazine about film. ... The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress. ...


The soundtrack's main theme by Nino Rota was also critically acclaimed; the main theme ("Speak Softly Love") is well-known and widely used. In film formats, the soundtrack is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... The theme music of a radio or television program is a piece that is written specifically for that show and usually played during the title sequence and/or end credits. ... Nino Rota (December 3, 1911 – April 10, 1979) was an Italian composer best known for his work on film scores, notably The Godfather series and the films of Federico Fellini. ... Speak Softly Love (Love Theme From The Godfather) is a song written for The Godfather (1972), the first film in the Godfather trilogy. ...


The Godfather was an enormous box office hit, smashing previous records to become the highest grossing film of all time. It made USD $5,264,402 in its opening weekend and went on to gross $81,500,000 in its initial run[14]; nearly fourteen times its budget and marketing campaign. Re-releases boosted its North American total to $134 million.[15] The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ...

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The famous theme, composed by Larry Kusic and Nino Rota.

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The Godfather won the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Marlon Brando refused to accept the award and sent actress Sacheen Littlefeather in his stead to the Oscars to explain why) and Best Writing (adapted screenplay) (Francis Coppola, Mario Puzo). The film was nominated for eight additional Academy Awards. Furthermore, it won five Golden Globes, one Grammy, and numerous other awards. Nino Rota's music score for the film was initially nominated for an Oscar, but was subsequently withdrawn when it was discovered that Rota recycled some of the music he had written for an obscure 1958 Italian film Fortunella. Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... // The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Academy Awards, awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which are voted on by others within the industry. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Sacheen Littlefeather (born Maria Cruz on 30 January 1947) Salinas, California, USA is an activist who donned Apache dress and rejected the Oscar on behalf of actor Marlon Brando in a prepared statement at the Academy Awards on March 27, 1973. ... The Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay is one of the Academy Awards, the most prominent film awards in the United States. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Nino Rota (December 3, 1911 – April 10, 1979) was an Italian composer best known for his work on film scores, notably The Godfather series and the films of Federico Fellini. ...


Stanley Kubrick believed that The Godfather was possibly the greatest movie ever made, and without question the best cast.[16] Kubrick redirects here. ...


Cinematic influence

Although many films about gangsters had been made prior to The Godfather, Coppola's sympathetic treatment of the Corleone family and their associates, and his portrayal of mobsters as characters of considerable psychological depth and complexity[17] was hardly usual in the genre. This was even more the case with The Godfather: Part II, and the success of those two films, critically, artistically and financially, opened the doors for more and varied depictions of mobster life, including films such as Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas and TV series such as David Chase's The Sopranos. Gangster film is a film genre which features gangster characters, such as members of the Mafia and inner city street gangs. ... A genre [], (French: kind or sort from Greek: γένος (genos)) is a loose set of criteria for a category of literary composition; the term is also used for any other form of art or utterance. ... Martin Marcantonio Luciano Scorsese (IPA: AmE: ; Ita: []) (b. ... Goodfellas (also spelled GoodFellas) is a 1990 film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, the true story of mob informer Henry Hill. ... David Chase (born David DeCesare—although some sources list his birth name as David Del Cesare—August 22, 1945) is an American screenwriter, director, and producer best known as the creator and head writer of the highly acclaimed HBO series The Sopranos. ... This article is about the television series. ...


The image of the Mafia as being a feudal organization with the Don being both the protector of the small fry and the collector of obligations from them to repay his services, which The Godfather helped to popularize, is now an easily recognizable cultural trope, as is that of the Don's family as a "royal family". (This has spread into the real world as well -- cf. John Gotti — the "Dapper Don", and his celebritized family.) This portrayal stands in contrast to the more sordid reality of lower level Mafia "familial" entanglements, as depicted in various post-Godfather mafia fare, such as Scorsese's Mean Streets and Casino, and also to the grittier hard-boiled pre-Godfather films. For other persons named John Gotti, see John Gotti (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Mean Streets (disambiguation). ... Casino is a 1995 film directed by Martin Scorsese. ... This still from The Big Combo (1955) demonstrates the visual style of film noir at its most extreme. ...


In the 1999 film Analyze This, which starred Robert De Niro, who played Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part 2, many references are made both directly and indirectly to the Godfather. One scene is almost a shot by shot replica of the attempted assassination of Vito Corleone. Analyze This is a 1999 movie produced by Warner Brothers Studios. ...


Influence on popular culture

The Godfather along with the other films in the trilogy, had a strong impact on the public at large. Don Vito's line, "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse" was voted as the second most memorable line in cinema history in a 2005 poll, called AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes by the American Film Institute. Part of the AFI 100 Years. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Reports from Mafia trials and confessions[citation needed] suggest that Mafia families began a "real life" tradition of paying respect to the family don by kissing his ring, in imitation of the ending scene of the movie. There is no evidence of this custom being mentioned prior to the movie.


The scene where a delivery is made of a pair of pants and bullet proof vest wrapped around a fish is explained to be an old Sicilian message, "Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes!" This expression has made it into widespread American parlance.


An indication of the continuing influence of The Godfather and its sequels can be gleaned from the many references to it which have appeared in every medium of popular culture in the decades since the film's initial release. That these homages, quotations, visual references, satires and parodies continue to pop up even now shows clearly the film's enduring impact. In the television show The Sopranos, Tony Soprano's topless bar is named Bada Bing after the line in The Godfather when Sonny says "You've gotta get up close like this and bada-bing! You blow their brains all over your nice Ivy League suit." In addition, the 1997 Welsh film Twin Town (dir. Kevin Allen) set in Swansea features a scene in which a severed dogs head is discovered in its owner's bed just as Jack Woltz finds the head of his prize stud in his bed. 1867 edition of Punch, a ground-breaking British magazine of popular humour, including a good deal of satire of the contemporary social and political scene. ... In contemporary usage, a parody (or lampoon) is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ... This article is about partnerships between towns distant from each other; see Twin cities for the different concept of physically neighbouring cities. ...


Symbolic significance of oranges

See also: The Godfather Part II and The Godfather Part III

Film scholars and fans of the Godfather movies note what they believe is the symbolic significance of oranges in the films, suggesting that after the appearance of an orange in the film an important "death scene" follows. In the first film, Tom Hagen and Woltz negotiate Johnny's movie status at a dinner table with a plate of oranges on it, and Woltz soon discovers his dead horse's head; Don Vito Corleone is buying oranges from a fruit seller when he is attacked; Sonny drives past a billboard promoting Florida Oranges before he is attacked at the toll booth; oranges are placed on the table at the meeting of the Mafia bosses (and specifically in front of the ones who will be assassinated at the film's climax); and Don Vito Corleone dies while eating an orange, as he plays with his young grandson. Tessio is also seen peeling an orange at Connie's wedding. Carlo, who is responsible for Sonny's death, is wearing an orange suit when Sonny beats him up. In Part II, Fanucci grabs an orange from a stand just before he is murdered by Vito in the hallway of his apartment building. Michael is also seen eating an orange while in a meeting with Tom Hagen and Rocco Lampone, as they are planning the assassination of Hyman Roth, who is killed in the final scene. [18][19] The Godfather Part II is a 1974 motion picture directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a script he co-wrote with Mario Puzo. ... The Godfather Part III (1990) is the third and final film in the Godfather trilogy written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, and directed by Coppola. ... Binomial name (L.) Osbeck Orange—specifically, sweet orange—refers to the citrus tree Citrus sinensis (syn. ...


Adaptations

Chronological versions

Main article: The Godfather Saga

In 1975, Coppola edited The Godfather and The Godfather Part II together for TV, putting the scenes in chronological order and adding some previously unseen footage, but also toning down the violence, sex, and profanity. It is rated TV-14. This version of the story was called The Godfather Saga. In 1992, Coppola created another chronological version, this time including Part III as well, for a direct-to-video release that had a running time of 583 minutes. This version also incorporated new previously deleted scenes that had not been seen in The Godfather Saga. The Godfather Saga is a made for TV movie that combines The Godfather Part I and The Godfather Part II into one movie playing in chronological order. ... For other uses, see Violence (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Look up Profanity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


DVD release

The Godfather was released on DVD for the first time on October 9, 2001 as part of a DVD package called The Godfather DVD Collection. The collection contained all three films with commentary from Francis Ford Coppola and a bonus disc that featured a 73 minute documentary from 1991 titled The Godfather Family: A Look Inside, plus a 1971 documentary. The package also contained deleted footage, including the additional scenes originally contained in The Godfather Saga; "Francis Coppola's Notebook" a look inside a notebook the director kept with him at all times during the production of the film; rehearsal footage; and video segments on Gordon Willis' cinematography, Nino Rota and Carmine Coppola's music, Francis Ford Coppola, locations and Mario Puzo's screenplays. The DVD also held a Corleone family tree, a "Godfather" timeline, and footage of the Academy Award acceptance speeches.[20] DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... is the 282nd day of the year (283rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...


Currently, there have been several rumors that The Godfather and The Godfather Part II will be re-released in theaters and DVD in 2008. It has been said there a brand-new restoration headed by Robert A. Harris. The restoration was confirmed by Coppola during a Q&A for The Godfather Part III, saying he just saw the new transfer and said it was "terrific". Further confirmation for this release was when the American Film Institute canceled screening in August and September of the two films, stating, "THE GODFATHER shows have been cancelled. The film has been pulled from circulation in anticipation of its restoration and re-release in 2008. We apologize for the inconvenience". However, Paramount has yet to confirm these reports. The Godfather Part II is a 1974 motion picture directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a script he co-wrote with Mario Puzo. ... Robert A. Harris is a film historian and preservationist who has restored and reconstructed a number of classic films. ... The Godfather Part III (1990) is the third and final film in the Godfather trilogy written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, and directed by Coppola. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Look up Paramount on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Paramount can refer to: Paramount, California, a city in Los Angeles County Paramount Pictures, a motion picture company Paramount Records, a record label United Paramount Network (UPN), a television network in the United States, owned by Viacom Inc. ...


Video game

Main article: The Godfather: The Game

In March 2006, a video game version of The Godfather was released by Electronic Arts. Prior to his death, Marlon Brando provided voice work for Vito, however, due to poor sound quality from Brando's failing health, a sound-alike's voice had to be used instead. James Caan, Robert Duvall and Abe Vigoda lent their voices and likenesses as well, and several other Godfather cast members had their likeness in the game. However, Al Pacino's likeness and voice (Michael Corleone) was not in the game as Al Pacino sold his likeness and voice for the Scarface video game. Francis Ford Coppola said in April 2005 that he was not informed and did not approve of Paramount allowing the game's production, and openly criticized the move.[21] Electronic Arts (EA) (NASDAQ: ERTS) is an American developer, marketer, publisher, and distributor of computer and video games. ... Marlon Brando, Jr. ... Abe Vigoda (born Abraham Charles Vigodah on February 24, 1921) is an American movie and television actor who bears a striking resemblance to professional poker player Gus Hansen. ... Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an Academy, Golden Globe, Tony, BAFTA, Emmy, and SAG award winning American actor who is best known for playing the roles of Tony Montana in the 1983 film Scarface and Michael Corleone in The Godfather Trilogy . ... Michael Corleone is a fictional character and protagonist in Mario Puzos novels, The Godfather and The Sicilian. ... Scarface can refer to: people Al Capone, an American gangster whose nickname was Scarface. Scarface (rapper), a rapper who is a member of the Geto Boys. ...


It was announced in August 2007 that Electronic Arts is looking to make a video game adaptation of The Godfather Part II as well. The game looks to be released in late 2008-early 2009


References

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  6. ^ Hearn, Marcus (2005). The Cinema of George Lucas. New York City: Harry N. Abrams Inc., 46. ISBN 0-8109-4968-7. 
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  14. ^ The Godfather (1972) - Box office /business. IMDB. Retrieved on 2007-08-23.
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  18. ^ THE GODFATHER: What's with all the ORANGES?. THE GODFATHER TRILOGY: The Web Site You Can't Refuse. Retrieved on 2007-02-08.
  19. ^ 2. The Godfather. Writer's Guild of America. Retrieved on 2007-02-08.
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  21. ^ "Coppola Angry over Godfather Video Game", 8 April 2005. Retrieved on [[August 22]], 2005.

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Further reading

  • Burr, T, The 100 Greatest Movies of All Time, New York: Time-Life Books ISBN 1-883013-68-2. Lists The Godfather as "the greatest film of all time."
  • Cowie, Peter, The Godfather Book, London: Faber and Faber, 1997
  • Nourmand, Tony, The Godfather in Pictures, London: Boxtree, 2007 ISBN 978-07522-2637-8

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The Godfather is a 1972 film adaptation of the novel of the same name, written by Mario Puzo, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino.
Coppola, in audio commentary on The Godfather Collection DVD release, stated that the horse's head was delivered to him from a dog food company; a horse had not been killed specifically for the movie.
In The Godfather Part II, Michael Corleone receives an orange from Johnny Ola, the Sicilian henchman of Hyman Roth, who later plots an attempt on Michael's life; and later in the movie, is seen eating an orange as he orders the "hit" against his enemies, in preparation for the climax of the film.
The Godfather (novel) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (823 words)
The Godfather is a novel written by American author Mario Puzo and which was originally published in 1969 by G.
Although it is widely reported that Puzo was inspired to use "Godfather" as a designator for a Mafia leader from his experience as a reporter, there is no evidence to indicate that any real organized crime group, Italian or otherwise, ever used the term.
The Godfather referred to in the title is Vito Corleone, whose surname recalls the town of Corleone, Sicily.
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