The Godfather was portrayed by Marlon Brando.
The Godfather is a 1972 film adaptation of the novel of the same name, written by Mario Puzo, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando. The film's story spans ten years from late 1945 to 1955. The movie is regarded by many as the definitive Mafia film and is consistently ranked among the greatest movies of all time. It is currently ranked as third best American film in history by the American Film Institute and as the greatest film of all time by the Internet Movie Database with a 9.1/10 rating.
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Produced by Albert Ruddy
Written by Novel:
Francis Ford Coppola
Starring Marlon Brando
Richard S. Castellano
Release date(s) March 15, 1972
Running time 175 min.
Language English, Sicilian, Latin
The story begins as "Don" Vito Corleone, the head of a New York Mafia "family", oversees his daughter's wedding. His beloved son Michael has just come home from the war, but does not intend to become part of his father's business. Through Michael's life the nature of the family business becomes clear. The business of the family is just like the head of the family, kind and benevolent to those who give respect, but given to ruthless violence whenever anything stands against the good of the family. Don Vito lives his life in the way of the old country, but times are changing and some don't want to follow the old ways and look out for community and "family". An up and coming rival of the Corleone family wants to start selling drugs in New York, and needs the Don's influence to further his plan. The clash of the Don's fading old world values and the new ways will demand a terrible price, especially from Michael, all for the sake of the family.
Marlon Brando, Jr. (April 3, 1924 – July 1, 2004) was an Oscar-winning American actor who is widely regarded as one of the greatest film actors of the 20th century.
Brando won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance; once again, he improvised important details that lent more humanity to what could otherwise have been a clichéd role.
Brando turned down the Academy Award, the second actor to refuse an Oscar (the first being George C. Scott for Patton). Brando boycotted the award ceremony, sending little-known actress Sacheen Littlefeather to state his reasons, which were based on his objections to the depiction of Native Americans by Hollywood and television. There was later much controversy when it emerged that Littlefeather was not a Native American Indian at all, but a Mexican actress named Maria Cruz.
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