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The Godfather

"An offer you can't refuse."

The story spans the years from 1945 to 1955 and chronicles the fictional Italian American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael, steps in to take care of the would-be killers, launching a campaign of bloody revenge.

-- Box Office --
Released: Mar 15th, 1972
Budget: $6,000,000.00
Revenue: $245,066,411.00

The Godfather Main Cast

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Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
plays Don Vito Corleone
Al Pacino
Al Pacino
plays Michael Corleone
James Caan
James Caan
plays Santino 'Sonny' Corleone
Richard S. Castellano
Richard S. Castell…
plays Peter Clemenza
Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
plays Tom Hagen
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • Mafia crime boss Joe Colombo and his organization The Italian-American Civil Rights League started a campaign to stop the film from being made. According to Robert Evans in his autobiography, Colombo called his home and threatened him and his family. Paramount received many letters during pre-production from Italian-Americans - including politicians - decrying the film as anti-Italian. They threatened to protest and disrupt filming. Producer Albert S. Ruddy met with Colombo who demanded that the terms "Mafia" and "Cosa Nostra" not be used in the film. Ruddy gave them the right to review the script and make changes. He also agreed to hire League members (read: mobsters) as extras and advisers. The angry letters ceased after this agreement was made. Paramount owner Charlie Bluhdorn read about the agreement in The New York Times and was so outraged that he fired Ruddy and shut down production. But Evans convinced Bluhdorn that the agreement was beneficial for the film and Ruddy was rehired.
  • James Caan credits the stage persona of "insult comic" Don Rickles for inspiring his characterization of Santino Corleone.
  • The Don's wife, Carmella Corleone, is seen singing at the wedding. Morgana King, who plays Carmella, is a gifted opera singer.
  • Movie Goof (miscellaneous): After Sonny is gunned down, when his bodyguards arrive you can see shallow breathing from his chest.
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Movie Series/Collection

The Godfather
1972
- The Godfather
The Godfather: Part II
1974
- The Godfather: Part II
The Godfather: Part III
1990
- The Godfather: Part III

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