“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
1972 American crime film The Godfather was directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Rudd from a screenplay by Mario Puzo and Francis Coppola based on Mario’s 1969 novel of the same titled. Starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as the leaders of a fictional New York mob family, the movie was set in the years of 1945 to 1955 focusing on an ageing patriarch, Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) of an organised mob family who transfers control of his secret empire to his reluctant son, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino).
Deemed as one of the greatest films in the world of cinema and one of the most influential films, especially in the gangster genre, The Godfather is ranked as the third greatest film in American cinema by the American Film Institute and was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1990.
The $6 million production budget film was at a point in time the highest grossing picture ever made and is the box office leader for 1972 as it made a domestic total gross of $133,698,921. The Godfather won three Oscar Awards in 1972 for Best Actor (Marlon Brando), Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for Mario and Francis. Apart from the three wins, The Godfather was also nominated in seven other categories and the success of the film seeded two sequels: The Godfather Part II (1974) and The Godfather Part III (1990).
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