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The Godfather 101 Who Directed It What Year Was It Made Who Played Vito

The Godfather is a cinematic masterpiece that introduced the world to some of the most talented filmmakers and actors of all time. The film would inspire two sequels and the crime series is looked at as one of the greatest trilogies ever. The talent, and more than 50 years of history, has made it a film series filled with lore and interesting behind-the-scenes stories. If you are like me, you can never know too much about The Godfather.

Learn some of the key facts regarding the mob saga below.

Who Directed The Godfather?

Francis Ford Coppola directed all three films in The Godfather saga. Coppola is one of our celebrated filmmakers with a lengthy list of well-received films beyond The Godfather.

What Year Was The Godfather Released In Theaters?

The Godfather was released in 1972. Part II came out in 1974 and III was released in 1990.

Who Starred in The Godfather series?

Al Pacino, James Cann, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, and Abe Vigoda starred in the crime saga series.

Who plays Don Vito Corleone, The Godfather?

Marlon Brando played The Godfather in the original film. Robert De Niro played a young Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II. Brando and De Niro both won acting Oscars for their roles as Vito.

Was The Godfather based on a book?

The Godfather is based on a novel by Mario Puzo. Puzo published the book in 1969. It is one of the most successful fiction books in terms of sales. It has sold millions and millions of copies worldwide. Puzo co-wrote the three films with Coppola.

How many Academy Awards did The Godfather Trilogy win?

The Trilogy has won 9 Academy Awards. Both The Godfather and The Godfather II won Oscars for Best Picture.

How much money has the series earned at the worldwide box office?

The Trilogy has earned nearly half a billion dollars at the worldwide box office.

Will there be a Godfather 4?

There has been talk of a Godfather 4 for decades now. It seems highly unlikely, but there was a time when Leonardo DiCaprio was close to starring in a fourth film. As of 2024, a fourth film does not seem to be a priority for any of the original filmmakers or actors.


- Adam C. Better