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The Godfather (1972)

The Godfather
Running time: 175 | Genre: Mafia, Family, Drama, Crime, 50s, 1940s
The Godfather

Synopsis

Epic tale of a 1940s New York Mafia family and their struggle to protect their empire from rival families as the leadership switches from the father (Marlon Brando) to his youngest son (Al Pacino). Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) is The Godfather, the Don (head) of a successful, tightly-knit family whose business is organized crime. Heir apparent is impulsive, hot-tempered Sonny (James Caan), whose brothers are brooding Michael (Al Pacino), who tries to seperate himself from his criminal family, and Fredo (John Cazale), who can't seem to do anything right. Vito has also adopted level-headed Tom Hagan (Robert Duvall), now the family lawyer. Vito's refusal to enter the lucrative drug rackets puts him in a war between the mafia families. Michael gets his hand dirty by taking revenge on the family's behalf, and then taking over as the new calculating, ruthless godfather. In his new role he plots to make the Corleones the leading players in Las Vegas casino industry while arranging for the war in New York City to be settled for once and for all.

Nominations & Awards

Academy Awards

Best Leading Actor (Marlon Brando)
WINNER
Best Picture
WINNER
Best Adapted Screenplay
WINNER
Best Supporting Actor (Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caan)
NOMINATED
Best Sound
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actor (Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caan)
NOMINATED
Best Film Editing
NOMINATED
Best Director (Francis Ford Coppola)
NOMINATED
Best Music (Score)
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actor (Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caan)
NOMINATED
Best Costume Design
NOMINATED

Golden Globes Awards

Best Picture - Drama
WINNER
Best Director (Francis Ford Coppola)
WINNER
Best Leading Actor - Drama (Marlon Brando)
WINNER
Best Screenplay
WINNER
Best Music (Score)
WINNER
Best Leading Actor - Drama (Al Pacino)
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actor (James Caan)
NOMINATED

BAFTA

Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music
WINNER
Best Costume Design
NOMINATED
Most Promising Newcomer to Film (Al Pacino)
NOMINATED
Best Leading Actor (Marlon Brando)
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actor (Robert Duvall)
NOMINATED

David di Donatello

Best Foreign Language Film
WINNER

Details

Original title

The Godfather

Director

Francis Ford Coppola

Producer

Paramount Pictures, Albert S. Ruddy Production

Running time

175

Screenwriter

Francis Ford Coppola & Mario Puzo (Novela: Mario Puzo)

Music

Nino Rota

Cinematography

Gordon Willis

Year

1972

Country

United States United States

Box Office

Budget

$6,000,000

Gross

$245,066,411

Ranking

IMDb
9.2
Metacritic
10
Rotten Tomatoes
9.9

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