"The Godfather" (1972)

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The Godfather (1972)

Alfran Productions

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

"The Godfather" is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy, based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel of the same name. It stars Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as the leaders of a fictional New York crime family. The story, spanning 1945 to 1955, chronicles the family under the patriarch Vito Corleone (Brando), focusing on the transformation of Michael Corleone (Pacino) from reluctant family outsider to ruthless mafia boss.

"The Godfather" is widely regarded as one of the greatest films in world cinema and one of the most influential, especially in the gangster genre. It was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 1990, being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and is ranked the second-greatest film in American cinema, behind Citizen Kane, by the American Film Institute. It was followed by 2 successful sequels in 1974 and in 1990.

Genre': Crime, Drama
Release date: March 24, 1972 (US)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Produced by: Albert S. Ruddy
Screenplay by: Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola
Based on: The novel, "The Godfather" by Mario Puzo
Music: Nino Rota
Cinematography: Gordon Willis
Edited by: William Reynolds Peter Zinner

Cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, Diane Keaton, Abe Vigoda, Talia Shire

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures


Academy Awards (1973 / 45th):
  • Best Picture
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role *
  • Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Golden Globe Awards (1973)
  • Best Motion Picture - Drama
  • Best Director - Motion Picture
  • Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama *
  • Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
  • Best Original Score - Motion Picture
BAFTA Awards (1973)
  • Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music (Nino Rota)
* Note: Marlon Brando refused the Oscar citing unfair treatment of Native Americans in the entertainment industry, and the Golden Globe in protest of U.S. "imperialism and racism".
Overall: 27 wins and 28 nominations

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* © 1972 - Paramount Pictures

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