20 Facts About The Godfather


The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, who co-wrote the screenplay with Mario Puzo, based on Puzo's best-selling 1969 novel of the same name.

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The Godfather acted as a catalyst for the successful careers of Coppola, Pacino, and other relative newcomers in the cast and crew.

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The Godfather is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made, as well as a landmark of the gangster genre.

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The Godfather assures them that he will withdraw his opposition to their narcotics business and forgo avenging Sonny's murder.

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The Godfather's safety guaranteed, Michael returns home to enter the family business and marry Kay.

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The Godfather gave his sister, Talia Shire, the role of Connie Corleone.

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The Godfather's daughter Sofia played Michael Francis Rizzi, Connie's and Carlo's newborn son.

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The Godfather made use of shadows and low light levels throughout the film to showcase psychological developments.

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The theatrical version of The Godfather debuted on American network television on NBC with only minor edits.

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In 1981, Paramount released the Godfather Epic boxed set, which told the story of the first two films in chronological order, again with additional scenes, but not redacted for broadcast sensibilities.

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The Godfather Trilogy was released in 1992, in which the films are fundamentally in chronological order.

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The Godfather Family: A Look Inside was a 73-minute documentary released in 1991.

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The Godfather was a blockbuster, breaking many box office records to become the highest grossing film of 1972.

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The Godfather has received overwhelming critical acclaim and is seen as one of the greatest and most influential films of all time, particularly of the gangster genre.

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The Godfather was nominated for seven awards at the 30th Golden Globe Awards: Best Picture – Drama, James Caan for Best Supporting Actor, Al Pacino and Marlon Brando for Best Actor – Drama, Best Score, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.

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The Godfather had five nominations for awards at the 26th British Academy Film Awards.

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Coppola took it further with The Godfather Part II, and the success of those two films, critically, artistically and financially, was a catalyst for the production of numerous other depictions of Italian Americans as mobsters, including films such as Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas and TV series such as David Chase's The Sopranos.

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The Godfather epic, encompassing the original trilogy and the additional footage that Coppola incorporated later, has been thoroughly integrated into American life.

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The Godfather has been cited as an influence in an increase in Hollywood's negative portrayals of immigrant Italians, and was a recruiting tool for organized crime.

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Concept of a mafia "The Godfather" was a creation of Mario Puzo, and the film resulted in this term being added to the common language.

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