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The Godfather (1972)

Episode #38

Paramount Pictures released The Godfather to theaters on March 24, 1972. Francis Ford Coppola directs the film which stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan.

The Godfather Movie Summary

Our film begins in the mid-1940’s. New York City crime boss, Vito Corleone, is celebrating his daughter’s wedding day, by acting in his role as the Godfather to his guests, and deciding which requests to grant, and which requests to deny. The wedding is attended by many elements of the New York underworld, as well as the entire Corleone family, including Vito’s godson, the famous singer Johnny Fontane, Vito’s United States Marine son, Michael, and Michael’s new girlfriend Kay.

The wedding is a huge success, and the back room deals are struck. Michael tells Kay at the wedding some of the dirty family history, and tells her that is his family and not him, assuring her that he wants no part of his father’s criminal enterprise.

The film switches to Hollywood where the Don’s consigliore, Tom Hagen, has been dispatched to strike a deal with film studio head Jack Woltz on behalf of Johnny Fontane. Fontane needs a role in an upcoming film to reignite his failing career. Unfortunately, Woltz is hell bent on destroying Fontane due to the singer messing around with a starlet that the lecherous studio head had his eye on. Woltz denies Don Corleone’s request for a favor, but little did the filmmaker know that it was an offer that he couldn’t refuse.

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  1. I watched a great interview Pacino did with Letterman. He describes doing the Sicilian wedding scenes. Pacino recalls that Coppola directed him to go round the guests giving each some type of candy and do some small talk in Italian- Pacino ‘I don’t speak Italian’ – Coppola ‘Just mumble some stuff, we’ll fix it later’. Coppola then asks him to do some waltzing- Pacino ‘I cant waltz’ – Coppola frustrated ‘just shuffle around it’s easy’. Coppola then says after the wedding you go and drive off- Pacino ‘I can’t drive’…. – totally frustrating Coppola. Pacino then relates, self deprecating, ‘I’m thinking he’s now questioning “why did I hire this guy”. It was hilarious and a great story told by Pacino.

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