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The Godfather (15-Mar-1972)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Writers: Francis Ford Coppola; Mario Puzo

From novel: The Godfather by Mario Puzo

Music: Nino Rota

Producer: Albert S. Ruddy

Keywords: Crime, Organized Crime, Las Vegas, Wedding, Explosions, New York

Of the three sons of Don Vito Corleone, only one possesses the intellect and temperament to continue the family business, but he has no intention of doing so. An assassination attempt on his father, and subsequent gang war bring him into the fold. Winner of Oscars for Best Actor, Best Picture, and Best Screenplay, and received eight further nominations.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Rudy Bond
1-Oct-1912 29-Mar-1982 A Streetcar Named Desire
Marlon Brando
3-Apr-1924 1-Jul-2004 A Streetcar Named Desire
James Caan
26-Mar-1940   Vegas
Richard S. Castellano
4-Sep-1933 10-Dec-1988 The Godfather
John Cazale
12-Aug-1935 12-Mar-1978 Fredo in The Godfather
Richard Conte
24-Mar-1910 15-Apr-1975 The Blue Gardenia
Robert Duvall
5-Jan-1931   Tom Hagen in The Godfather
Sterling Hayden
26-Mar-1916 23-May-1986 Jack D. Ripper in Dr. Strangelove
Diane Keaton
5-Jan-1946   Kay in The Godfather films
John Marley
17-Oct-1907 22-May-1984 Godfather horsehead recipient
Al Pacino
25-Apr-1940   Michael Corleone in The Godfather
Alex Rocco
29-Feb-1936   Moe Greene in The Godfather
Gianni Russo
12-Dec-1943   The Godfather
Vito Scotti
26-Jan-1918 5-Jun-1996 Character actor, 1950s to 1990s
Talia Shire
25-Apr-1946   Connie in The Godfather
Simonetta Stefanelli
30-Nov-1954   Apollonia in The Godfather
Abe Vigoda
24-Feb-1921   Fish on Barney Miller (not dead yet)


Marlon Brando   ...   Don Vito Corleone
Al Pacino   ...   Michael Corleone
James Caan   ...   Sonny Corleone
Richard S. Castellano   ...   Pete Clemenza
Robert Duvall   ...   Tom Hagen (consigliere)
Sterling Hayden   ...   Capt. Mark McCluskey
John Marley   ...   Jack Woltz
Richard Conte   ...   Emilio Barzini
Al Lettieri   ...   Virgil Sollozzo
Diane Keaton   ...   Kay Adams
Abe Vigoda   ...   Salvadore "Sally" Tessio
Talia Shire   ...   Connie
Gianni Russo   ...   Carlo Rizzi
John Cazale   ...   Fredo
Rudy Bond   ...   Ottilio Cuneo
Al Martino   ...   Johnny Fontane
Morgana King   ...   Mama Corleone
Lenny Montana   ...   Luca Brasi
John Martino   ...   Paulie Gatto
Salvatore Corsitto   ...   Amerigo Bonasera
Richard Bright   ...   Al Neri
Alex Rocco   ...   Moe Greene
Tony Giorgio   ...   Bruno Tattaglia
Vito Scotti   ...   Nazorine
Tere Livrano   ...   Theresa Hagen
Victor Rendina   ...   Philip Tattaglia
Jeannie Linero   ...   Lucy Mancini
Julie Gregg   ...   Sandra Corleone
Ardell Sheridan   ...   Mrs. Clemenza
Simonetta Stefanelli   ...   Apollonia
Angelo Infanti   ...   Fabrizio
Corrado Gaipa   ...   Don Tommasino
Franco Citti   ...   Calo
Saro Urz   ...   Vitelli


Review by Ernest Fitzgerald Jr. (posted on 25-Mar-2005)

The best film I have ever seen is easily The Godfather, which beautifully tells the life of Italian gangmaster Vito Corleone, from boy to man.

The story starts with Vito (Marlon Brando) as a young boy, who flees his hometown Corleone after seeing his mother gunned down by the local gangsters. When he arrives in New York, he finds work in a groceries store. Note; when he is a young adult, Vito is played by Robert De Niro.

He eventually becomes a real gangster when he meets a new accomplice, and then assassinates his accomplice's arch foe. He also, at this stage, has children; Fredo, Michael, Santino and Sonny.

When we come to the stage where he is grown up (Marlon Brando plays Vito, now) we see him at the wedding, and he is eventually shot by police captain McCluskey (Sterling Hayden).

Enter Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) -- youngest Corleone of the mafia, yet ready to have his revenge. When we come round to Vito still being alive, he works to keep his father -- and does so when he guns down McCluskey and his assistant.

A real gangster drama. Other cast members include Robert Duvall, James Caan and Diane Keaton.

Review by Solid E (posted on 15-Feb-2008)

My favorite sequence in this film is when Brando, hair unkempt comes downstairs in his robe and pajamas and sees Robert Duval sitting in the parlor having his "drink". The dialogue and the acting by Brando is of the highest order here. In this sequence Brando pieces together what is going on and acts accordingly. From his decsion to end the war between the families and his request to see Bonasera Brando shows how the fine art of acting is really done. A great film, a great actor and most importantly a great screenplay.

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