Don Vito Corleone: A Character Study in 'The Godfather' Film

The Godfather: A Classic Crime Film  

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Godfather (1972) poster

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 1969 novel of the same name.

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Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone

Al Pacino as Michael Corleone

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The film stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, and Diane Keaton.

James Caan as Sonny Corleone

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The story, spanning from 1945 to 1955, chronicles the Corleone family under patriarch Vito Corleone (Brando), focusing on the transformation of his youngest son, Michael Corleone (Pacino), from reluctant family outsider to ruthless mafia boss.

Richard Castellano as Carlo Rizzi

The Godfather is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential films of all time. It was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won three, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Brando, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Puzo and Coppola.

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Robert Duvall as Tom Hagen

The film was also a box office success, grossing over $245 million worldwide against a budget of $6 million. It was followed by two sequels, The Godfather Part II (1974) and The Godfather Part III (1990).

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Sterling Hayden as Captain McCluskey

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The Godfather has been praised for its realistic portrayal of the Mafia, its complex and well-developed characters, and its iconic performances, particularly from Brando and Pacino. It is considered to be one of the most important films in the history of cinema.

John Marley as Jack Woltz

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The Godfather has been referenced and parodied in countless other films and television shows, and its influence can still be seen today. It is a truly timeless classic that continues to be enjoyed by audiences around the world.

Richard Conte as Emilio Barzini

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The Godfather is a must-see for any fan of cinema. It is a masterfully crafted film that tells a compelling story with unforgettable characters. If you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend checking it out.

Diane Keaton as Kay Adam

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The Godfather is a film that will stay with you long after you watch it. It is a complex and thought-provoking film that explores themes of family, loyalty, power, and corruption. It is a truly great film that deserves to be seen by everyone.