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The Godfather

1972 crime film based on the 1969 novel of the same name by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola
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The Godfather
Theatrical poster Directed by Francis Ford Coppola Produced by Albert S. Ruddy Written by Novel:
Mario Puzo
Screenplay:
Mario Puzo
Francis Ford Coppola
Robert Towne (uncredited) Starring Marlon Brando
Al Pacino
James Caan
Robert Duvall
Richard S. Castellano
Abe Vigoda
Sterling Hayden
Diane Keaton
Talia Shire
John Cazale
John Marley
Richard Conte
Gianni Russo
Al Lettieri Music by Nino Rota
Carmine Coppola Cinematography Gordon Willis Editing by William H. Reynolds
Peter Zinner[1] Distributed by Paramount Pictures Release date(s) 15 March 1972 (US) Running time theatrical: 175:18. restoration: 176:59 Country United States Language English and Italian Budget $6,500,000[2] Gross revenue $133,698,921 (worldwide) Followed by The Godfather Part II

The Godfather is a 1972 American gangster film based on the 1969 novel of the same name by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a screenplay by Puzo, Coppola, and Robert Towne (uncredited).[3] It stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard S. Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte and Diane Keaton, and features John Cazale, Talia Shire, Al Martino, and Abe Vigoda. The story spans ten years from 1945 to 1955 and chronicles the fictional Italian American Corleone crime family. Two sequels followed: The Godfather Part II in 1974, and The Godfather Part III in 1990.

The Godfather received Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay, and has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. In addition, it is ranked as the second greatest film in American cinematic history, behind Citizen Kane, on the AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition) list by the American Film Institute.[4]

 
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Cast:  Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Al Pacino, Sterling Hayden, James Caan, Talia Shire, John Cazale
Director:  Francis Ford Coppola
Genre:  Drama
Release Date:  March 15, 1972
MPAA Rating:  R
Screen Writer:  Francis Ford Coppola
Runtime:  175 minutes
Studio:  Paramount Pictures
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