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The Godfather

IMDB Image:5 out of 5.png 9.1/10 (167,037 votes)
top 250: #1
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Produced by Albert S. Ruddy
Written by Mario Puzo
Starring Marlon Brando
Al Pacino
James Caan
Robert Duvall
Diane Keaton
Talia Shire
John Cazale
Richard S. Castellano
Abe Vigoda
Music by Nino Rota and Carmine Coppola
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date March 15, 1972
Running time 175 min.
Language English, Sicilian, Latin
Budget $6,000,000
Followed by The Godfather Part II
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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. The film's story spans ten years from late 1945 to 1955. This movie is universally regarded as the definitive Mafia film. It is consistently ranked amongst the finest movies of all time. It is currently ranked as third best film by the American Film Institute, and, as of July 20, 2006, rated number one on the top 250 films on the Internet Movie Database with a 9.1/10 rating. Cover image from the VHS videotape edition of The Godfather File links The following pages link to this file: The Godfather Movies that have been considered the greatest ever Categories: Video covers ... The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about actors, films, television shows, television stars, video games and production crew personnel. ... Image File history File links 5_out_of_5. ... 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 Puzo Mario Puzo (October 15, 1920 – July 2, 1999) was an American author known for his fictional books about the Mafia. ... Marlon Brando at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C Brando redirects here. ... Al Pacino (right) with Robert Duvall in The Godfather. ... James Caan James Langston Michael Caan (born March 26, 1940, The Bronx, New York) is an American actor. ... Robert Duvall Robert Selden Duvall (born January 5, 1931) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor and director. ... Diane Keaton (born January 5, 1946) is an American film actress, director, and producer. ... Talia Shire (born April 25, 1946) is an American actress of Italian descent. ... John Cazale (August 12, 1935 – March 12, 1978) was a distinguished American film actor whose career was tragically brief. ... Richard S. Castellano (September 4, 1933 – December 10, 1988) was an actor. ... Abe Vigoda (born Abraham Charles Vigodah on February 24, 1921, in New York City, died January 30, 2006) was an American movie and television actor. ... Nino Rota (December 3, 1911 – April 10, 1979) was an Italian composer. ... 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. ... The Paramount Pictures logo used since 2003. ... March 15 is the 74th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (75th in Leap years). ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Sicilian (, Italian: ) is the Romance language spoken in Sicily and southern Italy. ... Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ... The Godfather Part II is a 1974 motion picture directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a script he co-wrote with Mario Puzo. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed. ... The Godfather is a novel written by American author Mario Puzo and which was originally published in 1969 by G. P. Putnams Sons. ... Mario Puzo Mario Puzo (October 15, 1920 – July 2, 1999) was an American author known for his fictional books about the Mafia. ... Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five time Academy Award winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... Marlon Brando at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C Brando redirects here. ... Al Pacino (right) with Robert Duvall in The Godfather. ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The factual accuracy of this article is disputed. ... 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. ... The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about actors, films, television shows, television stars, video games and production crew personnel. ...

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Plot

The film begins at the wedding of Don Vito Corleone's (Marlon Brando) daughter, Connie (Talia Shire), to Carlo Rizzi (Gianni Russo) in late summer of 1945. According to tradition, no Sicilian can refuse a request on his daughter's wedding day, so the Godfather is meeting people who come to see him and granting various "favors." One of the favors is asked by Don Corleone's godson Johnny Fontane (loosely based on Frank Sinatra), a crooner who wants Corleone's influence to break into the movie business -- more specifically, with a movie he'd be perfect in, but cannot land the lead role as it is being produced by Jack Woltz, with whom Johnny had a falling-out in the past. After Don Corleone tells Fontane to rest and let him take care of everything. Meanwhile, the Don's youngest son Michael (Al Pacino), who has returned from service in World War II, tells his girlfriend Kay (Diane Keaton) about the ways in which his father 'coerces' rivals ("With a gun to his head, my father assured him that either his signature or his brains would be on the contract."). He tells her, "That's my family, Kay. Not me." Marlon Brando as Don Corleone in The Godfather, from Paramount Pictures via the Canadian Press Vito Corleone is the fictional head of one of the five big New York Mafia families in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and its 1972 movie adaptation. ... Marlon Brando at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C Brando redirects here. ... Costanza Connie Corleone-Rizzi is a fictional character from The Godfather by Mario Puzo. ... Talia Shire (born April 25, 1946) is an American actress of Italian descent. ... 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. ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ... Sicilian (Lu Sicilianu, Lingua Siciliana) is the Romance language spoken in Sicily, Italy. ... Johnny Fontane is a character from The Godfather series of movies and books. ... Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer who is one of the most highly acclaimed male popular song vocalists of all time. ... Crooner is an epithet given to a male singer of a certain style of popular songs, dubbed Pop standards. ... Jack Woltz is a fictional character from the novel The Godfather and the 1972 film adaptation. ... Michael Corleone, as portrayed by Al Pacino (right) with his fathers consigliere Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) in The Godfather. ... Al Pacino (right) with Robert Duvall in The Godfather. ... Combatants Allies: Soviet Union United States United Kingdom France and others Axis Powers: Germany Japan Italy and others Casualties Military dead: 17 million Civilian dead: 33 million Total dead: 50 million Military dead: 8 million Civilian dead: 4 million Total dead: 12 million World War II, also known as the... Kay Adams in the final shot of The Godfather. ... Diane Keaton (born January 5, 1946) is an American film actress, director, and producer. ...


Later, the Family consigliere, Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall), a German/Irish street kid and friend of Don Corleone's oldest son, Santino or "Sonny" (James Caan), whom the Don took in and raised as his own, goes to Hollywood, and "persuades" the producer Woltz to cast Fontane in the movie by leaving the head of the producer's prize racehorse, Khartoum, in his bed. When Tom returns to New York, influential heroin dealer Virgil "The Turk" Sollozzo asks Don Corleone for protection and a million dollars in financing for the heroin business. Because he is concerned that politicians and policemen in his control will not see narcotics as the same kind of innocent pursuit as gambling, prostitution and bootlegging, Don Corleone refuses to be involved, but Sonny (who is Don Corleone's underboss, undisciplined and hotheaded), breaks ranks during the meeting and expresses interest in the deal. Luca Brasi, Don Corleone's unfailingly loyal enforcer, is sent to obtain information from Sollozzo's apparent backers, the Tattaglia Family, and he is soon killed by them and Sollozzo as part of a previous plan to kill Don Corleone. A consigliere (IPA ) is an adviser or counsellor, especially to a mafia boss. ... Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) with Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in The Godfather. ... Robert Duvall Robert Selden Duvall (born January 5, 1931) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor and director. ... Santino Sonny Corleone is a fictional character, the oldest son of fictional New York Mafia Don Vito Corleone in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and its 1972 movie adaptation. ... James Caan James Langston Michael Caan (born March 26, 1940, The Bronx, New York) is an American actor. ... Horse-racing is an equestrian sporting activity which has been practiced over the centuries; the chariot races of Roman times were an early example, as was the contest of the steeds of the god Odin and the giant Hrungnir in Norse mythology. ... For other uses, see Heroin (disambiguation). ... Virgil Sollozzo is a fictional charcter from The Godfather and appears in both the book and the first film. ... Luca Brasi is a character in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather, as well as its 1972 film adaptation. ... Enforcer may refer to: Enforcer (hockey), a role in ice hockey The Enforcer is an MMU-controlled debugging tool for AmigaOS Enforcer, a handgun in the computer game Unreal Tournament Enforcer (professional wrestling) The CBS Enforcer Music Collection, a television news music package used by many CBS affiliates in the...


After Don Corleone's refusal, Sollozzo unsuccessfully attempts to assassinate him, and detains Tom to act as a messenger to deliver an offer of a new deal to Sonny. Sonny refuses to consider the deal, waiting to see what information Luca Brasi will have -- but Brasi's bullet-proof vest is delivered to the Coreleone home wrapped around a dead fish: a Sicilian message that means "Brasi sleeps with the fishes." The Corleone Family now begins to prepare for the possibility of all-out warfare with the other Mafia families (called "going to the mattresses", because the "soldiers" will hide out in tenements sleeping on mattresses). Meanwhile, Don Corleone's caporegime Peter Clemenza (Richard S. Castellano) has Paulie, the Don's bodyguard, killed, since Sonny is sure that Paulie betrayed him. 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. ... Peter Clemenza is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and two of the three films based on it. ... Richard S. Castellano (September 4, 1933 – December 10, 1988) was an actor. ...


Michael, who is recognized by the other families as a "civilian" who is not involved in the family business, goes to have dinner with Kay, and then on to visit his father in the hospital. When he gets there, he finds no police guard, and none of his father's men guarding him; they've all been arrested or sent away by the police. Michael realizes that his father is being set up for another assassination attempt, and convinces a nurse to help him move the old man to another room. Once there, he tells his father "I'm here. I'm with you now," -- a declaration both that he is with the old man at that moment, and that he no longer intends to remain the innocent and uninvolved "civilian" outside the family business. This brings tears to the Don's eyes. Although Michael has called for help, he's afraid that something will happen before it gets there, and he enlists the innocent Enzo the baker, who has shown up to pay his respects to the Don, to stand outside the hospital with him, looking menacing and pretending to be carrying guns. A car pulls up, obviously there for the assassination attempt, but pulls away after a visual confrontation with Michael and Enzo. Almost immediately after, clearly by plan, police cars come screeching up with corrupt Police Captain McCluskey (Sterling Hayden). McCluskey rousts Michael, who confronts him and accuses him of being in the pay of Sollozzo. For this, McCluskey has his officers hold Michael steady while he breaks his jaw with a single punch. Sterling Hayden (March 26, 1916 - May 23, 1986) was an American actor. ...


Michael is about to be arrested, despite being a war hero with no record in the rackets, when Tom Hagen shows up with "private detectives" licensed to carry guns to protect Don Corleone, and threatens McCluskey with having to explain his actions in court if he interferes with them. McCluskey withdraws from the scene, and the Don is safe for the moment. Realizing that Sollozzo will not rest until his father is dead, Michael volunteers to kill Sollozzo and his bodyguard, Captain McCluskey, during a meeting designed to end the conflict. Sonnys man in the police precinct discovers where the meeting is going to be held, a Bronx restaurant, and Clemenza has a pistol planted in the bathroom there for Michael to use. During the meeting, Michael excuses himself to go to the bathroom, retrieves the weapon, murders Sollozzo and McCluskey at point blank range and leaves the scene.


Michael is sent to Sicily, under the protection of Vito's old friend and business partner Don Tommasino, to avoid arrest for the murders. There, he meets and marries the beautiful young virgin Apollonia, who is later killed by a car bomb meant for Michael. Back in America, Don Corleone returns home from the hospital and is heartbroken to learn that Michael, for whom he had political aspirations and therefore wanted to keep "clean" and away from the family's illegal operations, was the one who killed Sollozzo and McCluskey. In New York, the temper-mental Sonny severely beats his brother-in-law, Carlo, for abusing Connie. After Carlo beats Connie a second time, Sonny sets off alone to seek his revenge on Carlo. Unbeknownst to Sonny, Carlo has betrayed him to the Barzini Family. Don Barzini's men assassinate Sonny as his car sits at a toll booth. Instead of perpetuating the revenge cycle, Don Corleone (now more or less recovered from the assassination attempt) seeks peace with the warring Five Families so his youngest son can return home. Don Corleone realizes that it was Don Emilio Barzini, not Philip Tattaglia, who was behind the war and Sonny's death. The Don says to Tom, "Tattaglia's a pimp. He never could've out-fought Santino. But I didn't know until this day that it was Barzini all along." Now with his safety guaranteed, Michael returns from Sicily and woos and marries his former girlfriend Kay, telling her that his father's ways are over, and that in five years, the Corleone Family would be completely legitimate. A car bomb is an improvised explosive device that is placed in a car or other vehicle and then exploded. ...


The ailing Don Corleone places Michael in charge of the Family, since the next oldest brother Fredo, who has been sent to Las Vegas for his health and to learn the casino business, is the weakest and least intelligent of the brothers. The caporegimes Clemenza and Salvatore "Sally" Tessio (Abe Vigoda) complain that in the new set-up, they're being pinched and pushed around by the Barzini Family, and want permission to strike back. When Michael refuses, because "things are being negotiated" that will settle matters, they ask the Don's permission to start their own Families, as it was once promised they could. The Don asks their forebearance, and tells them they should be "friends" to Michael. Michael tells them he has plans to leave behind the family's (olive oil importing) business in New York and become "legitimate" in the Nevada casino business, and that once the move to Las Vegas is made, Clemenza and Tessio can break away to form their own families. In Las Vegas, in the hotel/casino partly financed by the Corleones and run by Moe Greene (based partly on Bugsy Siegel), Michael calls in the Don's marker with Johnny Fontane, asking him to sign a contract guaranteeing multiple yearly engagements at the casino, and requesting that he get his Hollywood friends to do the same. Fontane is happy to repay the Don's favor. Abe Vigoda (born Abraham Charles Vigodah on February 24, 1921, in New York City, died January 30, 2006) was an American movie and television actor. ... A bottle of olive oil. ... Official language(s) None Capital Carson City Largest city Las Vegas Area  Ranked 7th  - Total 110,567 sq mi (286,367 km²)  - Width 322 miles (519 km)  - Length 490 miles (788 km)  - % water 0. ... Benjamin Bugsy Siegel (February 28, 1906 – June 20, 1947) was an American gangster, popularly thought to be the impetus behind large-scale development of Las Vegas. ...


But Michael's offer to buy out Moe Greene is rudely rebuffed, since Greene believes the Corleones are weak, and he can get a better deal from the Barzinis. Fredo attempts to intercede with Tom Hagen, who tells him the Don is semi-retired, and Michael is in charge of the family business. Moe leaves, and Fredo tells Michael, "You don't come to Las Vegas and talk to a man like Moe Greene like that!" Michael's response is pointed and chilling (as well as prescient): "Fredo, you're my older brother, and I love you. But don't ever take sides with anyone against the Family again. Ever." Michael returns home, and, in one of the film's most tender scenes, Vito Corleone, while advising Michael about strategy and possible assassination attempts, confesses that he had hoped his youngest son had not been drawn into the family business. Although dreaming Michael would one day be governor or senator, Vito admits "there wasn't enough time." While playing in the garden with his grandson Anthony, Don Corleone dies.

From left to right: Al Pacino (Michael), Marlon Brando (Don Vito), James Caan (Santino), John Cazale (Fredo).
From left to right: Al Pacino (Michael), Marlon Brando (Don Vito), James Caan (Santino), John Cazale (Fredo).

During the funeral, Corleone Family caporegime Tessio conveys a proposal for a meeting with Don Barzini, on Tessio's turf so Michael will be safe. As Vito Corleone told him and Tom Hagen confirms at the funeral, Michael's enemies will attempt to kill him by using a trusted acquaintance to set up a meeting once Vito Corleone and his important political connections are gone. Michael then arranges for the murders of the other families' heads (Philip Tattaglia, Emilio Barzini, Victor Stracci, and Carmine Cuneo), Moe Greene (whom the other families support), and Sal Tessio (for betraying Michael to Barzini) —- and those murders are carried out while Michael is standing up as godfather to his nephew, Connie and Carlo's second son, Michael Francis Rizzi. The film's climactic scene involves intercutting between the brutal assassinations and the church, as Michael recites the traditional vows of baptism. Image File history File links Corleonesons. ... Image File history File links Corleonesons. ... A godparent, in some denominations of Christianity and in Catholicism, is someone who sponsors a childs baptism. ... Baptism in early Christian art. ...


Afterwards, Michael confronts Carlo about Sonny's murder, and tricks him into admitting his role in setting up the killing -- and Carlo is then strangled to death by Clemenza. Later, Connie accuses Michael of ordering Carlo's murder. Kay is witness to Connie's hysterical confrontation. She questions Michael about Connie's accusation, and he answers vehemently, "Don't ask me about my business, Kay." She insists, and Michael appears to relent, for "just this one time." Michael then lies outright and assures his wife that he had no role in Carlo's death. Kay is relieved by Michael's denial. However, as the movie ends, her fears are perhaps reawakened as she watches Clemenza and new caporegime Rocco pay their respects to Michael, kissing his hand and addressing him as "Don Corleone." The door closes on her shocked face, implying that Michael has become what his father did not want him to be: the Godfather.

Production

The film was released in 1972 and was directed by Francis Ford Coppola, whose several prior films had none of the same impact upon the public, although he had won an Academy Award for co-writing Patton in 1970[1]. Most of the shooting spanned from March 29, 1971, to August 6 of that year. A scene with Pacino and Keaton was shot in autumn. Due to skepticism about the film's expected success, a modest budget was set for the film, forcing the crew to use regular lighting as opposed to production lighting. This lent a more realistic appearance to the film. // 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... Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five time Academy Award winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Patton is a 1970 biographical film which tells the story of General George Pattons commands during World War II. It stars George C. Scott, Karl Malden, and Michael Bates. ... March 29 is the 88th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (89th in Leap years). ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... August 6 is the 218th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (219th in leap years), with 147 days remaining. ...


There was intense friction between director Coppola (who was at least the third choice to direct[1]) and the studio, Paramount Pictures, and several times Coppola was close to being replaced. Paramount maintains that their scepticism was due to a rocky start to production, though Coppola believes that the first week went extremely well. Paramount perceived that Coppola was failing to keep up to the production schedule, frequently made mistakes in production and casting and insisted on unnecessary expenses. The studio strongly opposed the casting of Al Pacino and Marlon Brando, insisting both be made to perform in multiple screen tests and that Coppola consider other actors. Despite this intense pressure, Coppola managed to defend his decisions and avoid being fired. The final cut was seemingly remarkably free from the changes the studio had previously demanded. The Paramount Pictures logo used since 2003. ... Al Pacino (right) with Robert Duvall in The Godfather. ... Marlon Brando at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C Brando redirects here. ...


Casting

Puzo helped in the making of the movie and its sequels and co-wrote the screenplay. The producers originally wanted Robert Redford or Ryan O'Neal to play Michael Corleone, but Coppola demanded Al Pacino. Pacino was not well known at the time, and the studio did not consider him right for the part. Pacino was only granted the role after Coppola threatened to quit the production. A young New Yorker named Robert De Niro also auditoned, not only for Michael, but for the roles of Sonny, Carlo, and Paulie Gatto. A screenplay or script is a blueprint for producing a motion picture. ... Robert Redford Robert Redford (born Charles Robert Redford, Jr. ... Patrick Ryan ONeal (born April 20, 1941) is an American actor. ... Michael Corleone, as portrayed by Al Pacino (right) with his fathers consigliere Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) in The Godfather. ... Al Pacino (right) with Robert Duvall in The Godfather. ... Robert De Niro at the Berlin International Film Festival, 1998 Robert De Niro Jr. ...


The role of Don Vito Corleone was memorably acted by Marlon Brando, who won an Academy Award (which he famously did not appear at the Oscars to accept, in protest of Hollywood's portrayal of Native Americans) for his portrayal of the aging Don. Originally, Laurence Olivier was wanted by Paramount to play Vito Corleone, but he was unable to sign on due to health problems. Coppola chose Brando over Ernest Borgnine, as the former won him over in his screen test. Many of the actors playing the supporting roles were largely unknown or minor actors; however, they rocketed into the limelight with the success of The Godfather. Al Pacino and Robert Duvall, in particular, went on to enjoy highly acclaimed careers. Duvall, Pacino, and James Caan were each nominated for their performances with Academy-Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor, but lost out to Cabaret's Joel Grey. Marlon Brando at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C Brando redirects here. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent film awards in the United States and most watched awards ceremony in the world. ... Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM (22 May 1907–11 July 1989) was an Academy Award winning English actor, Academy Award nominated director, and an Academy Award winning producer. ... Ernest Borgnine shows off his new Chief Petty Officer cover at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C on October 15, 2004 Ernest Borgnine (born January 24, 1917) is an American actor. ... Al Pacino (right) with Robert Duvall in The Godfather. ... Robert Duvall Robert Selden Duvall (born January 5, 1931) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor and director. ... James Caan James Langston Michael Caan (born March 26, 1940, The Bronx, New York) is an American actor. ... Best Supporting Actor or Best Supporting Actress is an accolade given by a group of film or theatre professionals in recognition of the work of supporting and character actors. ... Cabaret is a form of entertainment featuring comedy, song, dance, and theatre, distinguished mainly by the performance venue — a restaurant or nightclub with a stage for performances and the audience sitting around the tables (often dining or drinking) watching the performance. ... Joel Grey (born 11 April 1932 as Joel Katz in Cleveland, Ohio, United States) is a Jewish-American stage and screen actor. ...


Cast list

Marlon Brando at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C Brando redirects here. ... Marlon Brando as Don Corleone in The Godfather, from Paramount Pictures via the Canadian Press Vito Corleone is the fictional head of one of the five big New York Mafia families in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and its 1972 movie adaptation. ... Al Pacino (right) with Robert Duvall in The Godfather. ... Michael Corleone, as portrayed by Al Pacino (right) with his fathers consigliere Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) in The Godfather. ... James Caan James Langston Michael Caan (born March 26, 1940, The Bronx, New York) is an American actor. ... Santino Sonny Corleone is a fictional character, the oldest son of fictional New York Mafia Don Vito Corleone in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and its 1972 movie adaptation. ... Richard S. Castellano (September 4, 1933 – December 10, 1988) was an actor. ... Peter Clemenza is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and two of the three films based on it. ... Robert Duvall Robert Selden Duvall (born January 5, 1931) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor and director. ... Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) with Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in The Godfather. ... Sterling Hayden (March 26, 1916 - May 23, 1986) was an American actor. ... Captain Mark McCluskey was a corrupt police officer. ... John Marley (October 17, 1907 – May 22, 1984) is an actor. ... Jack Woltz is a fictional character from the novel The Godfather and the 1972 film adaptation. ... Richard Conte (March 24, 1914 - April 15, 1975) was an American actor who appeared in films such as Ill Cry Tomorrow and The Godfather. ... Don Emilio Barzini is a fictional character in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and the film based on it. ... Alex Rocco (born Alexander Frederico Petricone on February 29, 1936, Somerville, Massachusetts) is an American actor. ... Moe Greene is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and the first installment of the Godfather trilogy. ... Al Lettieri was born Alessandro Aldo Lettieri on(February 24, 1928–October 18, 1975. ... Virgil Sollozzo is a fictional charcter from The Godfather and appears in both the book and the first film. ... Diane Keaton (born January 5, 1946) is an American film actress, director, and producer. ... Kay Adams in the final shot of The Godfather. ... Abe Vigoda (born Abraham Charles Vigodah on February 24, 1921, in New York City, died January 30, 2006) was an American movie and television actor. ... As Don Vito Corleone rose to prominence in the Mafia underworld, Tessio and Clemenza rose with him, eventually settling into the capo role. ... Talia Shire (born April 25, 1946) is an American actress of Italian descent. ... Costanza Connie Corleone-Rizzi is a fictional character from The Godfather by Mario Puzo. ... 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. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... John Cazale (August 12, 1935 – March 12, 1978) was a distinguished American film actor whose career was tragically brief. ... In Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and its 1972 movie adaptation, Fredo Corleone is the middle brother to older brother Sonny Corleone and younger brother Michael Corleone. ... Don Ottilio Cuneo is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and the first installment of the Godfather trilogy. ... Al Martino (born October 7, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as Alfred Cini) is an American singer. ... Johnny Fontane is a character from The Godfather series of movies and books. ... 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 Corleone is the wife of fictional crime boss Vito Corleone, better known as The Godfather. ... Lenny Montana (born Leonardo Passafaro) (March 13, 1926 - May 12, 1992) was an American actor. ... Luca Brasi is a character in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather, as well as its 1972 film adaptation. ... John was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. ... Paul Paulie Gatto is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and one of the three films based on it. ... Richard Bright (June 28, 1937-February 18, 2006) was an American actor best known for his part in the movie The Godfather (1972). ... Al Neri is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and the three films based on it. ... Joe Spinell (October 28, 1936 – January 13, 1989) was an American actor who played bit roles in a few famous movies in the 1970s. ... William Willie Cicci is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and two of the three films based on it. ...

Critical acclaim

International
ratings
United States:  R
United Kingdom:  18
Canada:  18A
Quebec:  13+
Japan:  R-15
Germany:  16
Australia:  R 18+
New Zealand:  R16
Singapore:  M18
Brazil:  14
Colombia:  18
Denmark:  15
Finland:  K-16
France:  -12
Hong Kong:  IIB
Ireland:  18
Mexico:  C
Netherlands:  16
Norway:  18
Sweden:  15
Portugal:  M/18
Iceland:  16
Chile:  18
Peru:  18
Austria:  16
South Korea:  18
Spain:  13
Israel:  PG
Italy:  VM14
Poland:  15
Argentina:  18

The film is greatly respected among international critics and the public. It was voted greatest film of all time by Entertainment Weekly[1], and #3 of all time by the American Film Institute. It is consistently ranked #1 on IMDB's Top 250. In the 2002 Sight & Sound poll of international critics, it was ranked as the 4th best film of all time. The soundtrack's main theme by Nino Rota was also critically acclaimed; the main theme is well-known and widely-used. The MPAA film rating system is a system used in the United States and territories and instituted by the Motion Picture Association of America to rate a movie based on its content. ... British Board of Film Classification logo The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), originally British Board of Film Censors, is the organisation responsible for film classification and censorship within the United Kingdom. ... 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. ... June 17, 2005 cover of Entertainment Weekly, featuring actor Tom Cruise Entertainment Weekly is a magazine published by Time Warner in the United States which is dedicated to the world of celebrity and popular culture. ... The American Film Institute (AFI) is an independent non-profit organization created by the National Endowment for the Arts, which was established in 1967 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act. ... The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about actors, films, television shows, television stars, video games and production crew personnel. ... Sight & Sound is a British monthly magazine about film. ... Soundtrack refers to the recorded sound accompanying a visual medium such as a motion picture, television show, or video game. ... Theme may refer to: Theme (music), the initial or primary melody Theme music, in film and television, a melody closely associated with the program Theme (literature), is the unifying subject of the story Theme (computer), a custom graphical appearance for certain software, similar to a skin Thema, in the Byzantine... Nino Rota (December 3, 1911 – April 10, 1979) was an Italian composer. ...


Awards

The Godfather won three Academy Awards: Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent film awards in the United States and most watched awards ceremony in the world. ...

The film was also nominated for eight additional Academy Awards. In addition, it won five Golden Globes, one Grammy, and numerous other awards. 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 Actor is one of the awards given to people 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. ... 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...


The sequel The Godfather Part II also won an Academy Award for Best Picture, making the Godfather trilogy the only series of films to date to win multiple Oscars in this field. Until The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won the Best Picture award in 2003, it was the only sequel ever to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.(IMDb.com.) The Godfather Part III was nominated for seven Oscars but did not win any. The Godfather Part II is a 1974 motion picture directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a script he co-wrote with Mario Puzo. ... 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. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The Godfather, Part III (1990) is the third film in the Godfather trilogy. ...


Revenues

The film was an enormous box-office hit, smashing previous records to become the highest-grossing film of all time (until that record was surpassed by Jaws in 1975). It made USD $5,264,402 in its opening weekend and went on to gross $81,500,000 in its initial run; nearly fourteen times its budget and marketing campaign. Re-releases boosted its North American total to $134 million. This article is about the 1975 film. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ...


Sequels

The Godfather Part II

See main article: The Godfather Part II The Godfather Part II is a 1974 motion picture directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a script he co-wrote with Mario Puzo. ...


A sequel, The Godfather Part II, was released in 1974. It consists of two parallel storylines, with the focus switching between the two. The first storyline follows Michael Corleone in the late 1950s, as he deals with a decaying marriage and a growing gambling empire; the other is a flashback sequence following his father, Vito, from his youth in Sicily through the founding of the Corleone crime family in New York and the births of Michael and his siblings. This version of Vito is played by different actors at different ages, but the adult Vito is played by Robert De Niro, who won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for a role in which; interestingly, he speaks almost no English-language dialogue. De Niro and Brando remain the only two actors to both win Academy Awards for playing the same character. Many critics consider the sequel to be superior to the original film in quality, one of the few film sequels to achieve such acclaim. 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 1950s were the decade that traditionally speaking, spanned the years 1950 through 1959. ... Robert De Niro at the Berlin International Film Festival, 1998 Robert De Niro Jr. ... Best Supporting Actor or Best Supporting Actress is an accolade given by a group of film or theatre professionals in recognition of the work of supporting and character actors. ...


The Godfather Saga

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Coppola re-edited the two movies together, in chronological order (adding some previously unseen footage but also toning down the violence), into one long saga for TV broadcast, entitled The Godfather Saga. While easier to understand, many consider this version to be less interesting than the original from a structural or artistic standpoint. 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. Violence refers to acts of aggression and abuse which causes or intends to cause criminal injury or harm to persons, and (to a lesser extent) animals and property. ... 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 Godfather Part III

See main article: The Godfather Part III The Godfather, Part III (1990) is the third film in the Godfather trilogy. ...


In 1990, Coppola released the third film in the saga, The Godfather Part III. This film was successful financially, but critical and fan response was mixed. However, the movie still received seven Academy Award nominations, among them Best Picture and Best Cinematography. The film is also notable for the key role played by Coppola's daughter, the future Academy Award-winning film-maker Sofia Coppola, who was asked to play Mary Corleone on short notice after Winona Ryder became ill. The movie was set in 1979, and focused on an aging Michael Corleone. Parts of the film were very loosely based on real historical events concerning the very short Papacy of John Paul I in 1978 and the collapse of the Banco Ambrosiano in 1982. This article is about the year. ... The Academy Award for Best Picture is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the awards are voted on by other people within the industry. ... The Academy Award for Best Cinematography is awarded each year to a cinematographer for his work in one particular motion picture. ... Sofia Coppola Sofia Carmina Coppola (born May 14, 1971) is an American director, actress, producer, and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. ... Sofia Coppola as Mary Corleone Mary Corleone is a fictional character in the Godfather saga, portrayed by Sofia Coppola. ... Winona Ryder is an Academy Award-nominated American actress. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... John Paul I, seen here on the papal throne, is wearing an inexpensive silver pectoral cross, not the standard golden cross worn by Popes and his uncut hair, simply brushed back, was considered unusual but more genuine and modest than the dandy coifs of the other Cardinals. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... Banco Ambrosiano (which was closely related to the Vatican Bank) was an Italian bank which collapsed spectacularly in 1982. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Possible production of The Godfather Part IV

A third sequel, titled The Godfather: Part IV is said to be released around 2012, the 40th anniversary of the original Godfather. According to DVD commentary on The Godfather: Part III, Francis Ford Coppola states that he has a rough draft for the fourth film in the saga of the Corleones. Half the film will focus on Vincent Mancini-Corleone as the new Don of the family and how he destroys their reputation and business by working in the drug trade. The other half is rumored to be flashbacks of Michael Corleone, Fredo Corleone, and Sonny Corleone's boyhood days, when they discover the truth about their father, Don Vito Corleone, his business, and what really goes on around them. Leonardo Dicaprio is said to being considered for this film, but so far nothing has been made concrete. The Godfather, Part III is a 1990 film, the third in the Godfather trilogy. ... Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five time Academy Award winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... Retail selling Street selling is the bottom of the chain and can be accomplished through purchasing from prostitutes, through cloaked retail stores or refuse houses for users in the act located in red-light districts which often also deal in paraphernalia, dealers marketing merriment at night clubs and other events... Michael Corleone, as portrayed by Al Pacino (right) with his fathers consigliere Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) in The Godfather. ... In Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and its 1972 movie adaptation, Fredo Corleone is the middle brother to older brother Sonny Corleone and younger brother Michael Corleone. ... Santino Sonny Corleone is a fictional character, the oldest son of fictional New York Mafia Don Vito Corleone in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and its 1972 movie adaptation. ... Marlon Brando as Don Corleone in The Godfather, from Paramount Pictures via the Canadian Press Vito Corleone is the fictional head of one of the five big New York Mafia families in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and its 1972 movie adaptation. ... Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (born November 11, 1974) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor well known for roles in blockbuster movies like Titanic (1997) and The Aviator (2004), and was famed for his far reaching global celebrity influence dubbed as Leo-Mania in the late 1990s. ...


Trivia

  • One of the movie's most shocking moments comes early in the film, involving the real severed head of a horse. Animal rights groups protested the inclusion of the scene, but Coppola 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.
  • Before Robert Duvall was cast, Paul Newman and Steve McQueen auditioned for the role of Tom Hagen.
  • Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman, Warren Beatty, Martin Sheen, and a young Robert De Niro all read for the part of Michael. All of them but De Niro refused the role when offered it. Although Coppola ultimately cast Al Pacino in the role, he would bring two of the rejected actors into the cast, with Caan playing Sonny in this film and De Niro a young Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II.
  • Robert Redford was the producers' original choice to play Michael, but Coppola wanted an unknown who looked believable to play an Italian-American, who was found in Al Pacino.
  • The scene where Don Corleone dies in the garden was completely improvised, as the child actor playing the grandchild Anthony had trouble remembering his lines, and he only reacted when Marlon Brando started playing with the orange.
  • Sylvester Stallone, then an unknown actor, unsuccessfully auditioned for the roles of Carlo and Paulie.
  • The film was shot with regular lighting, not because of budget reasons and a tight schedule, but Coppola wanted a more realistic tone to the film.
  • The body count in the film is 17, including the dead horse, Khartoum.
  • Anthony Perkins read for the roles of Tom Hagen and Sonny Corleone, hoping to escape getting typecast as Norman Bates, but he ultimately lost out both times.
  • Elvis Presley read Mario Puzo's novel and loved it so much, he wanted to play the role of Tom Hagen. Colonel Tom Parker later convinced him not to audition, which Elvis later came to regret, since Duvall was nominated for an Academy Award.
  • Film scholars and fans of the Godfather movies note what they believe is the significance of oranges in the films. The fruit plays a symbolic role, fans suggest, as the appearance of an orange in the film indicates an important "death scene" will take place. 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 Corleone dies while eating an orange, as he plays with his young grandson. Tessio is also seen peeling an orange at Connie's wedding. In The Godfather Part II, Michael Corleone receives an orange from an associate of a group behind an attempt on his 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. At the start of the film, at the funeral of Vito's father Antonio Andolini, oranges on trees are seen, shortly before Vito's brother Paolo is shot. Additionally, in a scene from the early 1900s storyline, Don Fanucci takes an orange from a street vendor's cart and tosses it about just before his death at the hands of a young Vito. Michael also dies while eating an orange in Sicily at the end of the third film. Also, in The Godfather Part III, a bowl of oranges is knocked over as the helicopter assault begins. "The Sopranos" copy this when Uncle Junior tries to have Tony killed, just before which Tony buys a bottle of orange juice. During the confession scene in The Godfather Part III, when about to speak to Cardinal Lamberto about the murder of his brother Fredo, Michael suffers a diabetic attack and is given a glass of orange juice. The roots of the orange as a symbolic fruit which represents wealth, power, and healing, can be traced back to Renaissance Art and, in Italy, to the powerful Medici family. [2] At the end of The Godfather Part III', Michael is seen sitting on a chair, and later dies. The first thing that fell off was an orange, then his cane, then himself. Oranges are also representative of the historical roots of the Cosa Nostra, the Sicilian Mafia. It began as a protection racket for citrus farmers in Sicily in the late 19th century. Citrus remains today as one of Sicily's finest exports.
  • In a broad reference to this film, comic-book writer Alan Moore, in his 2000 A.D. series D.R. and Quinch, had his title characters attempt to produce the greatest film ever seen ("D.R. & Quinch Go To Hollywood"). The only thing of note that occurs in it is that the lead (a Marlon Brando caricature) perishes beneath an avalanche of oranges.
  • Italian director Sergio Leone was offered the chance to direct The Godfather, but he declined on the basis that he did not find the story interesting. He went on to direct his own gangster opus, focusing instead on Jewish-American gangsters, Once Upon a Time in America.
  • The baby being baptized at the end of the movie is actually played by an infant Sofia Coppola, director Francis Ford Coppola's daughter, even though the part is supposed to be that of a baby boy. (She would also play Michael's daughter, Mary, in The Godfather Part III, stepping in for Winona Ryder.)
  • 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.
  • Guitarist Saul Hudson, better known as Slash of Guns N' Roses is apparently a fan of the films; he plays his own adaptation of the film's theme song on his guitar at each live show he does.
  • The scene in which Sonny beats up Carlo Rizzi has an infamous movie moment, "The Miss", wherein Sonny throws a punch at Carlo, clearly misses but a punch sound effect is still put in.
  • In a 2003 episode of The Simpsons (Strong Arms of the Ma), Marge gets mugged and develops agorophobia, and begins to lift weights. She later confronts her attacker, and the fight scene that ensues is the exact same sequence as Sonny and Carlo in the street.
  • In an episode of Clerks: The Animated Series Jay and Silent Bob beat up Charles Barkley in exactly the way as Sonny beats up Carlo Rizzi. (Missing punch and all)
  • The last part of the film, where the families' heads are murdered while Michael is standing up as godfather to his nephew, is mirrored in George Lucas' Revenge Of The Sith, where Anakin Skywalker slew the separatist leaders on Mustafar while Palpatine was declaring the Galactic Empire.

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Impact

The trilogy had a powerful impact upon the public. 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, and it is often parodied. This famous line served as inspiration for the song "An Offer She Can't Refuse" by Reeve Oliver, a band signed to Capitol Records. Part of the AFI 100 Years. ... The American Film Institute (AFI) is an independent non-profit organization created by the National Endowment for the Arts, which was established in 1967 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act. ...


Reports from Mafia trials and confessions have suggested 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 Godfather.


The image of the Mafia as being a medieval-style organization with a "royal family" doing favors for underlings is very popular. For example, in John Grisham's novel The Firm, the Mafia is depicted as having an organization wherein the top mobsters marry into the "royal family". However, this image bears little resemblance to the more sordid reality of a Mafia "family", which is depicted in the film Goodfellas. John Grisham (born February 8, 1955) is a former politician, retired attorney, American novelist and author best known for his works of modern legal drama. ... The Firm is a 1991 legal thriller and the second novel by John Grisham. ... GoodFellas is a 1990 film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, the true story of mobster Henry Hill. ...


The Home Box Office series The Sopranos pays homage to The Godfather in a humorous episode where they discuss the feasibility of bootlegging copies of the DVD. Paramount returned the favor by including this clip as an Easter Egg on the Godfather DVD Collection.[3] Moreover, characters in The Sopranos sometimes discuss The Godfather and The Godfather Part II as both favorite films and images to live up to in the less glamorous real world of organized crime. In the series premiere of The Sopranos, Silvio Dante (Steven Van Zandt) says, "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!"—a line from The Godfather Part III. HBO (Home Box Office) is a premium cable television network with headquarters in New York City. ... The Sopranos is a popular American television drama broadcast on HBO about a fictional Italian-American Mafia family in Northern New Jersey. ... A bootleg recording is a audio or video recording of a performance that was not officially released by the artist or under other legal authority. ... A virtual Easter egg is a hidden message or feature in an object such as a movie, book, CD, DVD, computer program, or video game. ...


Games

See main article: The Godfather: The Game

In March 2006, a video game version of The Godfather was released by Electronic Arts. The player can make his/her own gangster, and soon become the don, and even Don of New York. The game also lets the player kill rival families, make businesses/rackets pay protection, and control New York City. Prior to his death, Marlon Brando provided voice work for Vito. However, due to poor sound quality, 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. Francis Ford Coppola said in April 2005 that he was not informed of Paramount's decision to allow the game to be made and he did not approve of it and openly criticized it.[2] Al Pacino also did not participate (due to the fact that he was, like Coppola openly against the game.) A board game based on the movie was also produced. March 2006 : ← - January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Events 1 March 2006 (Wednesday) Fijian Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase announces that the 2006 Fiji general elections will be held in the second week of May 2006 from the 6th to the 13th. ... EA redirects here. ... Marlon Brando at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C Brando redirects here. ... Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five time Academy Award winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in April • 26: Augusto Roa Bastos • 24: Ezer Weizman • 23: Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen • 23: John Mills • 16: Marla Ruzicka • 9: Andrea Dworkin • 6: Prince Rainier III • 5: Dale Messick • 5: Saul Bellow • 2: Pope John... Al Pacino (right) with Robert Duvall in The Godfather. ... A board game is any game played on a board (that is, a premarked surface) with counters or pieces that are placed on, removed from, or moved across the board. ...


Art

Soon after the game for The Godfather was released, Shepard Fairey released his print-set rendition of four main characters Fred, Sonny, The Don and Tom portrayed as figureheads of united states dollar bills. Although there were 500 prints made, only 50 sets were available to the public (numbers 51-100). There is some speculation that the remaining 450 were either given or sold to the employees of Electronic Arts who helped create the game. The print set originally sold for $110 USD, was available from ObeyGiant.com, and sold out in less than a day. Shepard Fairey in an Elizabeth Daniels portrait Frank Shepard Fairey (born February 15, 1970 in Charleston, South Carolina) is a contemporary graphic designer. ... EA redirects here. ...


See also

Related works

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References

  1. ^ a b (1998) Jon E Lewis New American Cinema. Duke University Press, 14-17.
  2. ^ "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 1883013682. Lists The Godfather as "the greatest film of all time."
  • Cowie, Peter, The Godfather Book, London: Faber and Faber, 1997

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The Godfather

Films The Godfather is a 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. ...

The GodfatherThe Godfather Part IIThe Godfather Part IIIThe Godfather Saga The Godfather is a 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. ... 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 film in the Godfather trilogy. ... 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. ...

Novels

The Godfather (novel)The SicilianThe Godfather ReturnsThe Godfather's Revenge The Godfather is a novel written by American author Mario Puzo and which was originally published in 1969 by G. P. Putnams Sons. ... The introduction of this article does not provide enough context for readers unfamiliar with the subject. ... The Godfather Returns is a novel written by author Mark Winegardner, published in 2004. ... The Godfathers Revenge is a novel written by author Mark Winegardner, due to be published in November 2006. ...

Corleone Family The Corleone family is a fictional Mafia family of Mario Puzos The Godfather. ...

Vito CorleoneCarmella CorleoneTom HagenSonny CorleoneFredo CorleoneMichael CorleoneConnie Corleone-Rizzi • Apollonia Vitelli-Corleone • Kay AdamsAnthony CorleoneMary Corleone • Vinnie Mancini-Corleone Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather Vito Corleone (Born: Vito Andolini), aka The Godfather, is the fictional head of one of the five New York Mafia families in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and its 1972 film adaptation. ... Carmella Corleone is the wife of fictional crime boss Vito Corleone, better known as The Godfather. ... Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) with Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in The Godfather. ... Santino Sonny Corleone is a fictional character, the oldest son of fictional New York Mafia Don Vito Corleone in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and its 1972 movie adaptation. ... In Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and its 1972 movie adaptation, Fredo Corleone is the middle brother to older brother Sonny Corleone and younger brother Michael Corleone. ... Michael Corleone, as portrayed by Al Pacino (right) with his fathers consigliere Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) in The Godfather. ... Costanza Connie Corleone-Rizzi is a fictional character from The Godfather by Mario Puzo. ... Apollonia Vitelli-Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzos The Godfather saga. ... Kay Adams in the final shot of The Godfather. ... Anthony Vito Corleone is the fictional son of Don Michael Corleone and Kay Adams and grandson of Vito Corleone in the Godfather trilogy of films. ... Sofia Coppola as Mary Corleone Mary Corleone is a fictional character in the Godfather saga, portrayed by Sofia Coppola. ... Vincent Vinnie Mancini-Corleone became the succeeding Don and head of the fictional Corleone mafia family in the film, The Godfather Part III. Bio Spoiler warning: Vincent was born the illegitimate son of Sonny Corleone and Lucy Mancini (Connies bridesmade, seen in The Godfather Part I) in 1948. ...

Other Families

Emilio BarziniOttilio CuneoVictor StracciBruno TattagliaPhilip Tattaglia Don Emilio Barzini is a fictional character in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and the film based on it. ... Don Ottilio Cuneo is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and the first installment of the Godfather trilogy. ... Don Victor Stracci is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and the first installment of the Godfather trilogy. ... Bruno Tattaglia is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and the first installment of the Godfather trilogy. ... Philip Tattaglia is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and the first installment of the Godfather trilogy. ...

Other Characters

Genco AbbandandoDon AltobelloLuca BrasiWillie CicciDon CiccioPete ClemenzaDon FanucciJohnny FontanePaulie GattoSenator Pat GearyMoe GreeneKhartoumRocco LamponeLucy ManciniCaptain McCluskeyAl NeriJohnny OlaFrank PentangeliHyman RothCarlo RizziVirgil SollozzoSal TessioDon TommasinoJack WoltzJoey Zasa To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Don Altobello (played in The Godfather: Part III by Eli Wallach) was an aging former gangster that attended the party hosted by Michael Corleone, and donated one million dollars so he could be a part of the Vito Corleone Foundation. ... Luca Brasi is a character in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather, as well as its 1972 film adaptation. ... William Willie Cicci is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and two of the three films based on it. ... Don Francesco Ciccio is a fictional mafia Don in the The Godfather Part II. Don Ciccio ruled over the small Sicilian city of Corleone, the birthplace of Vito Andolini, who would later grow up to be the great Don Corleone. ... Peter Clemenza is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and two of the three films based on it. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Johnny Fontane is a character from The Godfather series of movies and books. ... Paul Paulie Gatto is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and one of the three films based on it. ... Pat Geary is a character played by the actor G.D. Spradlin, in the movie The Godfather, Part II. He is a corrupt Democratic U.S. senator from Nevada. ... Moe Greene is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and the first installment of the Godfather trilogy. ... Khartoum was the name of the fictional horse owned by movie producer Jack Woltz in the novel The Godfather and the movie of the same name. ... Rocco Lampone is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and the first two installments of the Godfather trilogy. ... Lucy Mancini is a fictional character in Mario Puzos The Godfather. ... Captain Mark McCluskey was a corrupt police officer. ... Al Neri is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and the three films based on it. ... Johnny Ola is a fictional character appearing in Francis Ford Coppolas and Mario Puzos film The Godfather Part II. Ola was portrayed by actor Dominic Chianese. ... Frank Pentangeli (Frankie Five Angels) is a fictional character from the novel and film The Godfather Part II. In the film, he was portrayed by Michael V. Gazzo, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his performance. ... Hyman Roth is a fictional character (based heavily on real-life gangster Meyer Lansky), who plays a pivotal role in the film The Godfather Part II. He was portrayed by Lee Strasberg, a well-respected acting teacher, in one of his very first screen roles. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Virgil Sollozzo is a fictional charcter from The Godfather and appears in both the book and the first film. ... As Don Vito Corleone rose to prominence in the Mafia underworld, Tessio and Clemenza rose with him, eventually settling into the capo role. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Jack Woltz is a fictional character from the novel The Godfather and the 1972 film adaptation. ... Joey Zasa is a fictional character appearing in the The Godfather, Part III. He was played by Joe Mantegna. ...

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Mario PuzoFrancis Ford CoppolaAlbert S. RuddyNino RotaGangster filmOrganized crimeThe MafiaLa Cosa NostraFive FamiliesSicilyCorleoneThe Godfather (soundtrack)The Godfather Part II (soundtrack)The Godfather Part III (soundtrack) • The Godfather: The Game Mario Puzo Mario Puzo (October 15, 1920 – July 2, 1999) was an American author known for his fictional books about the Mafia. ... 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. ... Nino Rota (December 3, 1911 – April 10, 1979) was an Italian composer. ... Gangster film is a film genre which features gangster characters, such as members of the Mafia and inner city street gangs. ... Organized crime is crime carried out systematically by formal criminal organizations. ... This article is about the organized crime groups. ... Charles Lucky Luciano, creator of what we know today as La Cosa Nostra. ... 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. ... Sicilian redirects here. ... Corleone is a small town of approximately 12,000 inhabitants in the province of Palermo in Sicily, Italy. ... The Godfather is the soundtrack from the movie of the same name, released in 1972 by Columbia, USA and in 1991 on compact disc by MCA. Unless noted, the songs were perfomed and composed by Nino Rota. ... The Godfather Part II is the soundtrack from the movie of the same name, released in 1974 by MCA. Tracks Main Title/The Immigrant 3:27 New Carpet 2:00 Kay 3:00 Evry Time I Look in Your Eyes/After the Party 2:35 Vito and Abbandando 2... The Godfather Part III is the soundtrack from the movie of the same name, released in 1990 by Columbia, USA. // Tracks Main Title (Nino Rota) – 00:41 The Godfather Waltz (Rota) – 01:10 Marcia Religioso (Carmine Coppola, Rota) – 02:51 Michaels Letter (Coppola, Rota) – 01:08 The Immigrant/Love...


 
 

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