The Godfather (1972)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 55 mins

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This masterfully crafted, epic crime saga begins as "Don" Vito Corleone, the head of a New York Mafia "family", oversees his daughter's wedding with his wife Carmela. His beloved son Michael has just come home from the war, but does not intend to become part of his father's business. Through Michael's life the nature of the family business becomes clear. The business of the family is just like the head of the family, kind and benevolent to those who give respect, but given to ruthless violence whenever anything stands against the good of the family. Don Vito lives his life in the way of the old country, but times are changing and some don't want to follow the old ways and look out for community and "family". An up and coming rival of the Corleone family wants to start selling drugs in New York, and needs the Don's influence to further his plan. The clash of the Don's fading old world values and the new ways will demand a terrible price, especially from Michael, all for the sake of the family.
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Cast: Marlon Brando

Crew: Francis Ford Coppola (Director), Gordon Willis (Director of Photography), Carmine Coppola (Music Director), Nino Rota (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Crime, Drama

Release Dates: 24 Mar 1972 (India)

Tagline: An offer you can't refuse.

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Did you know? Lenny Montana, who plays Luca Brasi, was so nervous about working with Marlon Brando that in the first take of their scene together, he flubbed some lines. Director Francis Ford Coppola liked the genuine nervousness and used it in the final cut. The scenes of Luca practicing his speech were added later. Read More
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Film Type:
Feature
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
DTS, Mono
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
1.37:1, 1.85:1 (Flat)
Stereoscopy:
No
Taglines:
An offer you can't refuse.
Movie Connection(s):
Spoofed in: Tamizh Padam 2 (Tamil)
Followed by: The Godfather: Part II (English)
Trivia:
This was for a time the highest-grossing film ever made.

Lenny Montana, who plays Luca Brasi, was so nervous about working with Marlon Brando that in the first take of their scene together, he flubbed some lines. Director Francis Ford Coppola liked the genuine nervousness and used it in the final cut. The scenes of Luca practicing his speech were added later.

During an early shot of the scene where Vito Corleone returns home and his people carry him up the stairs, Marlon Brando put weights under his body on the bed as a prank, to make it harder to lift him.

Marlon Brando wanted to make Don Corleone "look like a bulldog," so he stuffed his cheeks with cotton wool for the audition. During the actual filming, he wore a mouthpiece made by a dentist. This appliance is on display in the American Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York.

This film won the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor (Marlon Brando) and Best Adapted Screenplay (for Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola) at the 45th Academy Awards.

This film won five awards at the 30th Golden Globe Awards.