The Godfather

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The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy, based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel of the same name.wikipedia
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Francis Ford Coppola

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The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy, based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel of the same name.
Coppola's reputation as a filmmaker was cemented with the release of The Godfather (1972).

1972 in film

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The film was the highest-grossing film of 1972, and was for a time the highest-grossing film ever made, with a gross of around $245–286 million at the box office.
The year 1972 in film involved several significant cinematic events including the release of Francis Ford Coppola's Academy Award-winning film, The Godfather.

Al Pacino

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It stars Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as the leaders of a fictional New York crime family.
Wide acclaim and recognition came with his breakthrough role as Michael Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather (1972), for which he received his first Oscar nomination, and he would reprise the role in the sequels The Godfather Part II (1974) and The Godfather Part III (1990).

Corleone family

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The story, spanning 1945 to 1955, chronicles the family under the patriarch Vito Corleone (Brando), focusing on the transformation of Michael Corleone (Pacino) from reluctant family outsider to ruthless mafia boss.
The Corleone family is a fictional Sicilian-American organized crime family, and the focus of the novels and films of The Godfather series.

Vito Corleone

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The story, spanning 1945 to 1955, chronicles the family under the patriarch Vito Corleone (Brando), focusing on the transformation of Michael Corleone (Pacino) from reluctant family outsider to ruthless mafia boss.
He is portrayed by Marlon Brando in The Godfather and then, as a young man, by Robert De Niro in The Godfather Part II.

Carmine Coppola

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The musical score was principally composed by Nino Rota, with additional pieces by Carmine Coppola.
Carmine Valentino Coppola (June 11, 1910 – April 26, 1991) was an American composer, flautist, pianist, and songwriter who contributed original music to The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now, The Outsiders, and The Godfather Part III, all directed by his son Francis Ford Coppola.

45th Academy Awards

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At the 45th Academy Awards, it won the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor (Brando) and Best Adapted Screenplay (for Puzo and Coppola).
The ceremony was marked by Marlon Brando's boycott of the Oscars and his sending of Sacheen Littlefeather to explain why he would not show up to collect his Best Actor award for The Godfather, and by Charlie Chaplin's only competitive Oscar win for Best Original Dramatic Score for his 20-year-old film Limelight, which was eligible because it did not screen in Los Angeles until 1972.

Nino Rota

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The musical score was principally composed by Nino Rota, with additional pieces by Carmine Coppola.
He also composed the music for two of Franco Zeffirelli's Shakespeare films, and for the first two films of Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather trilogy, receiving the Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Godfather Part II (1974).

Mario Puzo

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The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy, based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel of the same name.
He received the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the first film in 1972 and Part II in 1974.

Academy Award for Best Picture

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At the 45th Academy Awards, it won the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor (Brando) and Best Adapted Screenplay (for Puzo and Coppola).
Few sequels have been nominated for Best Picture and just two have won: The Godfather Part II (the film before that The Godfather also won the award; the third film in the installment The Godfather Part III was nominated as well but did not win the award) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (the films before that Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers were both nominated for the award but did not win).

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Its seven other Oscar nominations included Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall (Best Supporting Actor), and Coppola for Best Director.
For his signature role in The Godfather (1972), that of hot-tempered Sonny Corleone, Caan was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the corresponding Golden Globe.

Robert Duvall

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Its seven other Oscar nominations included Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall (Best Supporting Actor), and Coppola for Best Director.
Duvall has starred in numerous films and television series, including To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), The Twilight Zone (1963), The Outer Limits (1964), Bullitt (1968), True Grit (1969), MASH (1970), THX 1138 (1971), Joe Kidd (1972), The Godfather (1972), The Godfather Part II (1974), The Conversation (1974), Network (1976), Apocalypse Now (1979), The Great Santini (1979),

Gangster film

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Since its release, The Godfather is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made, especially in the gangster genre.
New Hollywood directors would be honored with 5 of the top 6 films on the list—1967's Bonnie and Clyde by Arthur Penn, 1972's The Godfather and 1974's The Godfather Part II both by Francis Ford Coppola, 1983's Scarface, a remake of the 1932 original, by Brian De Palma, and 1990's Goodfellas by Martin Scorsese.

The Godfather (novel)

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The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy, based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel of the same name.
It inspired a 1972 film of the same name.

The Godfather Part III

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It was followed by sequels The Godfather Part II (1974) and The Godfather Part III (1990).
A sequel to The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974), it completes the story of Michael Corleone, a Mafia kingpin who attempts to legitimize his criminal empire.

List of films considered the best

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Since its release, The Godfather is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made, especially in the gangster genre.

The Godfather Part II

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It was followed by sequels The Godfather Part II (1974) and The Godfather Part III (1990).
Partially based on Puzo's 1969 novel The Godfather, the film is both sequel and prequel to The Godfather, presenting parallel dramas: one picks up the 1958 story of Michael Corleone (Pacino), the new Don of the Corleone crime family, protecting the family business in the aftermath of an attempt on his life; the prequel covers the journey of his father, Vito Corleone (De Niro), from his Sicilian childhood to the founding of his family enterprise in New York City.

AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition)

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It was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 1990, being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and is ranked the second-greatest film in American cinema (behind Citizen Kane) by the American Film Institute.

Albert S. Ruddy

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The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy, based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel of the same name.
In 1972, he produced The Godfather and won his first of two Oscars for Best Picture.

Connie Corleone

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In 1945, at his daughter Connie's wedding to Carlo Rizzi, Don Vito Corleone hears requests in his role as head of a New York crime family.
Constanzia Corleone is a fictional character in The Godfather, a novel by Mario Puzo and the 1972 film The Godfather.

Tom Hagen

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Johnny Fontane, a famous singer and Vito's godson, seeks Vito's help in securing a movie role; Vito dispatches his consigliere, Tom Hagen, to Los Angeles to persuade studio head Jack Woltz to give Johnny the part.
Thomas Hagen is a fictional character in Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather and Francis Ford Coppola's films The Godfather and The Godfather Part II.

Sonny Corleone

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With Corleone first-born Sonny in command, Sollozzo pressures Hagen to persuade Sonny to accept Sollozzo's deal, then releases him.
Santino "Sonny" Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzo's 1969 novel The Godfather and its 1972 film adaptation.

Carlo Rizzi (The Godfather)

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In 1945, at his daughter Connie's wedding to Carlo Rizzi, Don Vito Corleone hears requests in his role as head of a New York crime family.
In the 1972 film adaptation, he was portrayed by Gianni Russo.

Paramount Pictures

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Paramount Pictures obtained the rights to the novel for the price of $80,000, before it gained popularity.
Despite some rough times, Evans held the job for eight years, restoring Paramount's reputation for commercial success with The Odd Couple, Rosemary's Baby, Love Story, The Godfather, Chinatown, and 3 Days of the Condor.

Luca Brasi

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Suspicious, Vito sends his enforcer, Luca Brasi, to spy on them.
Luca Brasi is a fictional character in Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather, as well as its 1972 film adaptation.