[35] Coppola agreed to receive $125,000 and six percent of the gross rentals. The Godfather Trilogy - Part 1 : The Godfather (1972) d. Francis Ford Coppola, 175 minutes. The Godfather: Part I (1972) - Trailer. [68][69] Coppola did not want to offend Brando and stated that he needed to test equipment in order to set up the screen test at Brando's California residence. [162][163], The film eventually earned $81.5 million in theatrical rentals in the US and Canada during its initial release,[152][164] increasing its earnings to $85.7 million through a reissue in 1973,[165] and including a limited re-release in 1997,[166] it ultimately earned an equivalent exhibition gross of $135 million. [142] The broadcast helped generate anticipation for the upcoming sequel. "[48] Brando threatened to quit if Coppola was fired. [8][11] Paramount's Robert Evans relates that, when they met in early 1968, he offered Puzo the $12,500 deal for the 60-page manuscript titled Mafia after the author confided in him that he urgently needed $10,000 to pay off gambling debts. Avakian complained to Evans that he could not edit the scenes correctly because Coppola was not shooting enough footage. [52][46] Screenwriter Robert Towne did uncredited work on the script, particularly on the Pacino-Brando garden scene. Coppola later explained: "Like the godfather, I fired people as a preemptory strike. Devastated by Sonny's death and realizing that the Tattaglias are controlled by the now-dominant don, Barzini, Vito attempts to end the feud. 5.0 out of 5 stars 4. The story by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola is a brilliant conjuring act, inviting us to consider the Mafia entirely on its own terms. Additionally the film revitalized Brando's career, which had declined in the 1960s, and he went on to star in films such as Last Tango in Paris, Superman, and Apocalypse Now. 1. "[232] An almost identical line was used in the John Wayne Western, Riders of Destiny (1933), where Forrest Taylor states, "I've made Denton an offer he can't refuse. [20] Several smaller roles, like Luca Brasi, were cast after the filming had started. [65][62][66], After months of debate between Coppola and Paramount over Brando, the two finalists for the role were Borgnine and Brando,[67] the latter of whom Paramount president Stanley Jaffe required to perform a screen test. Wochit. [12] Sergio Leone was Paramount's first choice to direct the film. Written by The Corleone’s the most powerful at the time, and also the head family had control over many policeman and politicians. The films explore the integration of fictional Italian-American criminals into American society. [126] Paramount executive Evans found the score to be too "highbrow" and did not want to use it; however, it was used after Coppola managed to get Evans to agree. [41] Production quickly fell behind because of Coppola's indecisiveness and conflicts with Paramount, which led to costs being around $40,000 per day. [82] Paramount executives wanted a popular actor, either Warren Beatty or Robert Redford. [49][50] After Coppola was hired as director, both Puzo and Coppola worked on the screenplay, but separately. [181] In contrast, The Godfather presents the gangster's perspective of the Mafia as a response to corrupt society. [149] As a whole, the restoration of the film was well received by critics and Coppola. Menu. [121] By November, Coppola and Ruddy finished the semi-final cut. Michael plots to murder Sollozzo and McCluskey; feigning a desire to settle the dispute, Michael meets them in a Bronx restaurant in which, after retrieving a handgun planted by Peter Clemenza, a Corleone capo, he kills both men. [87], Coppola gave several roles in the film to family members. Sources disagree on the amount grossed by the film. [140] The theatrical version of The Godfather debuted on American network television on NBC with only minor edits. [94][95] The weather on March 23 predicted snow flurries, which caused Ruddy to move the filming date forward; snow did not materialize and a snow machine was used. While in Sicily, Michael meets and marries Apollonia, but a car bomb intended for him takes her life. The film began with the 1945 summer, Sicilian-style wedding party for crime family "godfather" Don Vito Corleone's (Marlon Brando) 18 year-old daughter Connie (Talia Shire) to … [136][20][134] Next was the Imperial Theatre in Toronto[132] on March 17[137] and then Los Angeles at two theaters on March 22. [93] Filming was scheduled to begin on March 29, 1971, with the scene between Michael Corleone and Kay Adams as they leave Best & Co. in New York City after shopping for Christmas gifts. According to Anthony Fiato, after seeing the film, Patriarca crime family members Paulie Intiso and Nicky Giso altered their speech patterns to imitate that of Vito Corleone. "[60] Despite Puzo's wishes, the executives at Paramount were against having Brando, partly due to the poor performance of his recent films and also his short temper. 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