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The Godfather (1972)

The Godfather (1972) Premiere 14th March 1972, Loew's State 1 Theatre, New York  


Release Date: 15th March 1972 (five Manhattan theatres)
Country: USA
Language: English
Running Time: 175 minutes
Production Budget $6,200,000 (estimated)
Box Office $245,066,411 (lifetime, worldwide)
Director Francis Ford Coppola
Writer: Mario Puzo (novel & screenplay)
  Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay)

Summer, 1945. At the wedding of his daughter Connie (Talia Shire) to Carlo Rizzi (Gianni Russo), Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando), the head of the Corleone Mafia family, follows the Sicilian custom of granting the favours requested of him by his guests. [MORE]

Secret Life: The melancholic strains of Nino Rotaís theme briefly play over a black screen before the appearance of a white hand controlling puppet strings and the filmís title. [MORE]

Sinatra was understandably peeved by all the speculation over whether Johnny Fontane was a thinly disguised version of his younger self. So when a well-meaning but misguided mutual friend attempted to introduce Puzo to the actor in Chasenís restaurant one night, Sinatraís explosion was perhaps inevitable. [MORE]


...the film has a lot of terrific mood, one great performance by Pacino, an excellent character segue by Brando, and a strong supporting cast. That will be enough for some, only half the job for others. [MORE]


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Cast: Marlon Brando Don Vito Corleone
  Al Pacino Michael Corleone
  James Caan Santino 'Sonny' Corleone
  Richard Castellano Peter Clemenza


Crew: Producer: Albert S. Ruddy
    Gray Frederickson (associate)
Miscellaneous: Production Company: Alfran Productions
    Paramount Pictures

Academy Awards


Best Actor in a Leading Role - Marlon Brando




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