R | | Crime, Drama
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
Producer Albert S. Ruddy later said that "It was the most miserable film I can think of to make. Nobody enjoyed one day of it."
I believe in America. America has made my fortune. And I raised my daughter in the American fashion. I gave her freedom but I taught her never to dishonor her family. She found a "boy friend," not an Italian. She went to the movies with him. She ...
When Michael is at his father's funeral he says he will meet with the heads of the 5 families. But since he is the head of one of the families he should have said he would meet with the other 4 heads of the families. Moe Greene was not a family head.
Although Mario Puzo is given possessory credit at the beginning, and is credited as a screenwriter at the end, no credit is given to him on-screen as author of the original novel, even though that credit is given on the poster. This credit does appear in the second film, however.
The original UK cinema version suffered minor BBFC cuts to the killing of Sonny with edits to gunshot closeups and his body being kicked in the head. All later releases were uncut.
English, Italian, Latin
£14,480 (UK) (11 July 1996)
$134,966,411 (USA) (11 May 1997)
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