The Godfather

1972 American film directed by Francis Ford Coppola

The Godfather is a 1972 American movie directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It is based on Mario Puzo's novel of the same name, and stars Marlon Brando and Al Pacino. The story of the movie takes place from 1945 to 1955.

The Godfather
Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola
Produced byAlbert S. Ruddy
Gray Frederickson (associate)
Written byMario Puzo (also novel)
Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay)
Music byCarmine Coppola
Nino Rota
CinematographyGordon Willis
Edited byWilliam Reynolds
Peter Zimmer
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Running time
175 minute1s
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish / Italian / Latin
Box office$287 million[1]

It has been considered one of the best movies about the Mafia. In addition, many have called it the best movie of all time; it also appears on many such lists, including AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies (where it was ranked at number three).

The Godfather won three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor (for Marlon Brando, who refused the award), and Best Adapted Screenplay.[2]

A sequel, The Godfather Part II, was released in 1974 and won another Best Picture Oscar. It was the only sequel to do so until 2003's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The third movie in the Godfather trilogy, The Godfather Part III, came out in 1990. The critics thought it was not as good as the other two movies.

Release datesEdit

Country Premiere
  Canada 24 March 1972
  United States 24 March 1972
  Japan 15 July 1972
  Uruguay 10 August 1972
  United Kingdom 24 August 1972
  West Germany 24 August 1972
  Ireland 25 August 1972
  Brazil 10 September 1972
  Argentina 20 September 1972
  Italy 21 September 1972
  Sweden 27 September 1972
  Netherlands 28 September 1972
  Finland 29 September 1972
  Greece 29 September 1972
  Mexico 4 October 1972
  France 18 October 1972
  Spain 20 October 1972
  Portugal 24 October 1972
  Australia 2 November 1972
  Denmark 26 December 1972
  Poland 31 December 1972
  Turkey October 1973
  Hong Kong 11 October 1973
  Czechoslovakia 1 January 1975
  South Korea 25 May 1977
  Hungary 25 March 1982

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  2. Tim Dirks. "Filmsite Movie Review - 100 Greatest Films The Godfather (1972)". AMC Filmsite. Retrieved 19 January 2014.

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