The Godfather is a 1972 film based on the 1969 novel of the same name by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, with a screenplay by Puzo, Coppola, and an uncredited Robert Towne.It stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall and Diane Keaton, and features Richard Castellano, Abe Vigoda and Sterling Hayden. The story spans ten years from 1945 to 1955 and chronicles the Italian-American Corleone crime family.
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. It is also ranked #1 on Internet Movie Database's Top 250 list as well as #1 on Metacritic's top 100 list and in the top 10 on Rotten Tomatoes' all-time best list
Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro as Vito Corleone
Al Pacino as Michael Corleone
James Caan as Santino Corleone
Robert Duvall asTom Hagen
John Cazale as Fredo Corleone
Richard S. Castellano as Peter Clemenza
Abe Vigoda and John Aprea as Salvatore Tessio
Al Lettieri as Virgil Sollozzo
Gianni Russo as Carlo Rizzi
Lenny Montana as Luca Brasi
Richard Conte as Emilio Barzini.
John Martino as Paulie Gatto .
Victor Rendina as Philip Tattaglia
Louis Guss as Don Zaluchi
Tom Rosqui as Rocco Lampone
Joe Spinell as Willi Cicci .
Richard Bright as Al Neri
Tony Giorgio as Bruno Tattaglia