The Godfather

And then, they would fear you Photo of Marlon Brando as Don Corleone

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 Hagen (Robert Duvall), now the family lawyer.

Photo of Al pacino as Michael Corleone

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.

Cast:

  • Abe Vigoda - Sal Tessio
  • Al Lettieri - Virgil 'The Turk' Sollozzo
  • Al Martino - Johnny Fontane
  • Al Pacino - Michael Corleone
  • Alex Rocco - Moe Greene
  • Angelo Infanti - Fabrizio
  • Anthony Gounaris - Anthony Vito Corleone
  • Ardell Sheridan - Mrs. Clemenza
  • Burt Richards - Floral Designer
  • Carmine Coppola - Piano Player in Montage
  • Carol Morley - Night Nurse
  • Corrado Gaipa - Don Tommasino
  • Diane Keaton - Kay Adams
  • Don Costello - Don Victor Stracci
  • Ed Vantura - Wedding Guest
  • Filomena Spagnuolo - Extra in Wedding Scene
  • Franco Citti - Calo
  • Frank Macetta -
  • Frank Sivero - Street Extra
  • Gabriele Torrei - Enzo the Baker
  • Gian-Carlo Coppola - Baptism Observer
  • Gianni Russo - Carlo Rizzi
  • Gray Frederickson - Cowboy on the Set at Woltz's Studio
  • Italia Coppola - Extra
  • James Caan - Santino 'Sonny' Corleone
  • Jeannie Linero - Lucy Mancini
  • Joe Lo Grippo - Sonny's Bodyguard
  • Joe Spinell - Willi Cicci
  • John Cazale - Fredo Corleone
  • John Marley - Jack Woltz
  • John Martino - Paulie Gatto
  • Joseph Medeglia - Priest at Baptism
  • Julie Gregg - Sandra Corleone
  • Lenny Montana - Luca Brasi
  • Lou Martini Jr. - Boy at Wedding
  • Louis Guss - Don Zaluchi
  • Marlon Brando - Don Vito Corleone
  • Matthew Vlahakis - Clemenza's Son
  • Max Brandt - Extra in Furniture-Moving Scene
  • Merril E. Joels - Toll Both Collector
  • Morgana King - Mama Corleone
  • Nick Vallelonga - Wedding Party Guest
  • Nino Ruggeri - Mobster at Funeral with Barzini
  • Peter Lemongello - Singer
  • Randy Jurgensen - Sonny's Killer #1
  • Raymond Martino - Corleone Family Member
  • Richard Bright - Al Neri
  • Richard Conte - Don Emilio Barzini
  • Richard (S.) Castellano - Peter Clemenza
  • Rick Petrucelli - Man in Passenger Seat
  • Robert Duvall - Tom Hagen
  • Roman Coppola - Boy on Street Who Attended Funeral
  • Ron Gilbert - Usher in Bridal Party
  • Rudy Bond - Don Carmine Cuneo
  • Sal Richards - Drunk
  • Salvatore Corsitto - Bonasera
  • Saro Urzì - Vitelli
  • Simonetta Stefanelli - Apollonia Vitelli Corleone
  • Sofia Coppola - Michael Francis Rizzi
  • Sonny Grosso - Cop Outside Hospital
  • Sterling Hayden - Capt. McCluskey
  • Talia Shire - Connie Corleone Rizzi
  • Tere Livrano - Theresa Hagen
  • Tom Rosqui - Rocco Lampone
  • Tony Giorgio - Bruno Tattaglia
  • Tony Lip - Wedding Guest
  • Tybee Brascia - Dancer in Wedding Scene
  • Victor Rendina - Don Philip Tattaglia
  • Vito Scotti - Nazorine
  • Francis Ford Coppola - Director
  • Francis Ford Coppola - (screenplay)
  • Mario Puzo - (screenplay)
  • Mario Puzo - (novel)
  • Nino Rota - Composer
  • Albert S. Ruddy - producer
  • Gray Frederickson - associate producer

  • Brindisi Libiamo ne lieti calici / from La Traviata / Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
  • Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor / by Johann Sebastian Bach /
  • Manhattan Serenade / Written by Louis Alter / Performed by Tommy Dorsey x26 His Orchestra as
  • Non so pi / Cherubinos Aria / from opera Le nozze di Figaro Act I Scene V
  • Mona Lisa / Lyrics by Jay Livingston / Composed by Ray Evans
  • All Of My Life / Written by Irving Berlin /
  • The Bells of St Marys / Composed by AE Adams Douglas Furber /
  • Santa Claus Is Coming To Town / Composed by Haven Gillespie J Fred Coots /
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas / Written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane / Performed by
  • Che La Luna / Composed by Paolo Citarella /
  • I Have But One Heart / Written by Johnny Farrow / Lyrics by Marty Symes
  • Mall Wedding Sequence / Composed by Carmine Coppola /


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AFI - I’m going to make him an offer he
Box office mojo - The biggest hits
Empire - The Godfather is the best film
Guardian - The Godfather: The most bluffed about
Hollywood reporter - The Godfather had a good screen
New York Post - House from The Godfather up for sale
Philly.com - Johnny Fontane dies at 82
Publishers weekly - The Godfather, before he was
San Francisco Chronicle - The Puzo estate made a deal
Time - Godfather-themed Monopoly now available
Wallstreet Journal - Puzo family goes to the mattresses
Wallstreet journal - Paramount Pictures sues Puzo Estate