(From left) Robert Duvall as Tom Hagen and Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone in 'The Godfather, ' the movie based on the novel by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Initial theatrical release on March 15, 1972.
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The Godfather is an American film trilogy that consists of three crime films: The Godfather (1972), The Godfather Part II (1974), and The Godfather Part III (1990). The films, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, are inspired by the 1969 novel of the same name by Italian American author Mario Puzo.

The first film is set in the 1940s and is focused on a fictional New York mafia family. It follows Vito Corleone, Don of the Corleone family, played by Marlon Brando, as he attempts to pass the mantel to his unwilling son, Michael (Al Pacino).


  • Cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, John Cazale, and Abe Vigoda
  • Adapted From:¬†“The Godfather” novel by Mario Puzo
  • Studios: Paramount Pictures and Alfran Productions
  • Director: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Writers: Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola
  • Music: Nino Rota
  • Cinematographer: Gordon Willis

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