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"The Godfather"

Screenplay | Script

Written By: Francis Ford Coppola & Mario Puzo

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March 24, 1972 | Paramount Pictures

Popularly viewed as one of the best American films ever made, the multi-generational crime saga THE GODFATHER (1972) is a touchstone of cinema: one of the most widely imitated, quoted, and lampooned movies of all time. Marlon Brando and Al Pacino star as Vito Corleone and his youngest son, Michael, respectively.

Had you come to me in friendship, then this scum that ruined your daughter would be suffering this very day.

Vito Corleone,
pg. 3 : scene 1

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Born: April 7, 1939. Francis Ford Coppola is a producer, director and writer known for Apocalypse Now (1979), The Godfather trilogy (1972 - 1990).

Born: October 15, 1920, Hell's Kitchen, New York. Died: July 2, 1999. Mario Puzo was a writer best known for The Godfather trilogy (1972 - 1990).

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Notable Cast
Marlon BrandoMarlon Brando...Don Vito Corleone
Al PacinoAl Pacino...Michael Corleone
James CaanJames Caan...Sonny Corleone
Richard S. CastellanoRichard S. Castellano...Clemenza
Robert DuvallRobert Duvall...Tom Hagen
Sterling HaydenSterling Hayden...Capt. McCluskey
John MarleyJohn Marley...Jack Woltz
Richard ConteRichard Conte...Barzini
Al LettieriAl Lettieri...Sollozzo
Diane KeatonDiane Keaton...Kay Adams
Abe VigodaAbe Vigoda...Tessio
Talia ShireTalia Shire...Connie
Gianni RussoGianni Russo...Carlo
John CazaleJohn Cazale...Fredo
Rudy BondRudy Bond...Cuneo
Al MartinoAl Martino...Johnny Fontane
Morgana KingMorgana King...Mama Corleone
Lenny MontanaLenny Montana...Luca Brasi
John MartinoJohn Martino...Paulie Gatto
Salvatore CorsittoSalvatore Corsitto...Bonasera
Richard BrightRichard Bright...Neri
Alex RoccoAlex Rocco...Moe Greene
Tony GiorgioTony Giorgio...Bruno Tattaglia
Vito ScottiVito Scotti...Nazorine
Tere LivranoTere Livrano...Theresa Hagen
Victor RendinaVictor Rendina...Philip Tattaglia
Jeannie LineroJeannie Linero...Lucy Mancini
Julie GreggJulie Gregg...Sandra Corleone
Ardell SheridanArdell Sheridan...Mrs. Clemenza
Simonetta StefanelliSimonetta Stefanelli...Apollonia - Sicilian Sequence


Notable Wins
Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola...Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Al Ruddy...Best Picture
Marlon Brando
("respectfully refused" the award in protest.)
...Best Actor in a Leading Role
Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola...Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nino Rota...Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Marlon Brando
(refused the award in protest.)
...Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Francis Ford Coppola...Best Director - Motion Picture
Al Ruddy...Best Motion Picture - Drama

Box Office

(1972) U.S. Dollars
Opening weekend...$302,393
Gross (US & Canada)...$134,966,411
Gross (World)...$246,120,986


U.S. Version


Additional Content
Cast Photos...IMDb
Box Office...IMDb Pro
Poster...Official Site
Awards...The 45th Academy Awards
Awards...30th Golden Globes
Studio...Paramount Pictures

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