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The Godfather Movie Basics

Year of Release: 1972
Running Time: 2 hrs. 55 min.
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Screenwriter: Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo
Producers: Albert S. Ruddy
Studio: Paramount Pictures

The Godfather Synopsis

The story of the power clashes within a close-knit mafia family as they struggle with the American dream in 1940's New York City. The first of a three part movie series, this is the one that rejuvenated Marlon Brando's career and made Al Pacino a star.

The Godfather Original Theatrical Trailer

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The Godfather Cast

Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone

Al Pacino as Michael Corleone

James Caan as Santino "Sonny" Corleone

Robert Duvall as Tom Hagen

Diane Keaton as Kay Adams

Talia Shire as Constanza "Connie" Corleone Rizzi

John Cazale as Fredo Corleone

Richard S. Castellano as Peter Clemenza

Abe Vigoda as Sal Tessio

Alex Rocco as Moe Greene

Gianni Russo as Carlo Rizzi

Morgana King as Mama Corleone

Simonetta Steffeli as Apollonia Vitelli Corleone

Al Martino as Johnny Fontaine

John Marley as Jack Woltz

Al Lettieri as Virgil "The Turk" Sollozzo

Sterling Hayden as Capt. McCluskey

Salvatore Corsitto as Bonasera

Richard Conte as Don Emilio Barzini

Lenny Montana as Luca Brasi

Richard Bright as Al Neri

Tony Giorgio as Bruno Tattaglia

Victor Rending as Don Philip Tattaglia

Julie Gregg as Sandra Corleone

Tere Livrano as Theresa Hagen

Jeanne Linero as Lucy Mancini

Rudy Bond as Don Carmine Cuneo

John Martino as Paulie Gatto

Angelo Infanti as Fabrizio

Franco Citti as Calo

Corrado Gaipa as Don Tommasino

Saro Urzi as Signor Vitelli

The Godfather Awards and Nominations

1972 Academy Awards® Best Picture (Win)
Best Actor - Marlon Brando (Win)
Best Adapted Screenplay (Win)

Best Director (Nom)

Best Supporting Actor - James Caan (Nom)

Best Costume Design (Nom)

Best Film Editing (Nom)

Best Score (Nom)

Best Sound (Nom)

Best Adapted Screenplay (Nom)

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The Godfather

Clemenza ( Richard Castellano ):

"Leave the gun. Take the canoli."

What does Kaye get Tom Hagen for Christmas?