Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan
Plot: The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
Francis Ford Coppola shot an alternate ending - Kay in a church lighting a candle for the salvation of her husband's soul. This ending follows the book more closely where Kay assuming the rituals of a Mafia wife
The horse head that Jack Woltz, the movie mogul wakes up to is real. Initially Francis Ford Coppola was going to use a fake head. But the art director found a slaughtered horse's head that closely resembled the one used in the movie
Martin Sheen and Robert De Niro tested the role of Michael Corleone
Marlon Brando was reading most of his lines from cue cards. They were printed and carefully placed in his line of sight. In one production photo Robert Duvall can be seen holding the cue cards to his chest.
Lenny Montan, who played mob enforcer Luca Brasi was genuinely nervous in the scene where he visits Vito Corleone on Connie's wedding. Lenny fumbled the line he had to deliver to Vito Corleone. But the director liked the scene so much he left it in the film and added scenes of Luca practicing his lines before the meeting.
Many film critics see oranges as a harbinger of death in the movie (the scene Vito Corleone gets shot). However the production designer has stated that they were added to bring more color to the somberly dressed sets and were not intended to be a symbolic message
In the iconic fight scene between Sonny Corleone and his brother-in-law Carlo Rizzi, James Caan broke two of Gianni Russo's ribs.
Francis Ford Coppola's daughter Sofia Coppola played the infant in the baptism scene. She is also the only actor to appear in all three Godfather film. She played Michael Corleone's daughter in Godfather III and had a cameo as an immigrant girl in the ship that brought Vito Corleone to Ellis island in Godfather II.
A scene was shot where Michael tracks down and kills his former Sicilian bodyguard Fabrizio and avenges the death of his first wife, Appolonia. But it was deleted from the final cut.
There have been rumours that the Johnny Fontane subplot of the movie is based on Frank Sinatra and his attempt to earn a role in 'From Here to Eternity'.
Al Pacino as Michael, Robert Duvall as Tom Hagen and James Caan as Sonny were all nominated for Best Supporting Actor. Marlon Brando won the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Orson Welles lobbied to get the part of Don Vito Corleone. But Francis Ford Coppola had already made up his mind to cast Marlon Brando.
Lenny Montana, who played Luca Brasi had worked as a Mafia bodyguard.
Marlon Brando wanted to make Don Corleone look "like a bulldog," so he stuffed his cheeks with cotton wool for the audition. For actual filming, he wore a mouthpiece.
For SonnyCorleone's death scene, James Caan's suit was rigged with 127 pouches of fake blood that exploded.
During his daily walks to the set, Coppola would often see a stray cat, and on the day of shooting the scenes in Vitoís study, Coppola took the cat and told Brando to improvise with it. The cat loved Brando so much that it sat in his lap during takes for the whole day.
Sergio Leone, the director of 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' was Paramountís first choice to direct the movie. He declined the job, instead opting to work on his mobster movie 'Once Upon a Time in America'.
Paramount wanted to change the movieís time and place to early 1970s Kansas City to keep the budget down.
President Barack Obama considers The Godfather to be his favorite movie.