R | | Crime, Drama
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.
According to Francis Ford Coppola in the DVD commentary, Michael V. Gazzo gave such a great performance as Frankie Pentangeli in the rehearsal of his testimony scene, that Coppola wanted to start filming it immediately, but everyone had to break for lunch. During the break, Gazzo got drunk and was unable to perform as well as he had in rehearsal.
The godfather was born Vito Andolini, in the town of Corleone in Sicily. In 1901 his father was murdered for an insult to the local Mafia chieftain. His older brother Paolo swore revenge and disappeared into the hills, leaving Vito, the only male ...
When Michael is confronting Fredo in the den, he is eating a piece of fruit which changes size inconsistently between shots.
Closing credits state that this film is "Based on the Novel "The Godfather" by Mario Puzo." In fact, only the scenes showing the young Vito have any basis in the novel. Everything dealing with Michael Corleone and his family in Las Vegas was created for the film, with the exception of the character Deanna Dunn.
The original theatrical release in New Zealand was cut for a PG rating. It's unknown what was removed. (The cuts were later waived at PG for a theatrical re-release, although the rating was upgraded to M on video for the 2008 restored version).
English, Italian, Spanish, Latin, Sicilian
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