History Trivia / TheGodfather

6th Feb '18 3:45:00 PM ritzoreo
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* BreakthroughHit: Because of the original, you know who Creator/FrancisFordCoppola is. Also, see AllStarCast; practically anyone under 40 in that list had his or her career made by this film.

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* BreakthroughHit: Because of the original, you know who Creator/FrancisFordCoppola is. Also, see AllStarCast; practically anyone under 40 in that list had his or her career made by this film. The 1974 sequel did this for RobertDeNiro.
6th Feb '18 3:40:58 PM ritzoreo
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* AwardCategoryFraud: Creator/MarlonBrando won Best Actor for playing Vito Corleone, even though the lead character is Michael, played by Creator/AlPacino, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor. Pacino refused to attend the ceremony for this reason.

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* AwardCategoryFraud: Creator/MarlonBrando won the Oscar for Best Actor for playing Vito Corleone, even though the lead character is Michael, played by Creator/AlPacino, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor. Pacino refused to attend the ceremony for this reason.
28th Jan '18 3:38:00 PM JohnLinen
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* MoneyDearBoy: Mario Puzo had written two acclaimed but unsuccessful novels[[note]]''The Dark Arena'', an autobiographical account of postwar Germany, and ''The Fortunate Pilgrim'', depicting a more traditional Italian-American family[[/note]], was eeking out a living as a freelance journalist and struggling with gambling debts. By his own account, a publisher suggested that Puzo's books would be more successful if he added gangsters. Puzo (who had little personal interest in the Mafia) followed his advice and ''The Godfather'' was the result.

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* MoneyDearBoy: Mario Puzo had written two acclaimed but unsuccessful novels[[note]]''The Dark Arena'', an autobiographical account of postwar Germany, and ''The Fortunate Pilgrim'', depicting a more traditional Italian-American family[[/note]], was eeking eking out a living as a freelance journalist and struggling with gambling debts. By his own account, a publisher suggested that Puzo's books would be more successful if he added gangsters. Puzo (who had little personal interest in the Mafia) followed his advice and ''The Godfather'' was the result.
29th Nov '17 10:57:07 AM TrollBrutal
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** A dying Genco begs Vito to stay with him believing that Vito will somehow stop his death.

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** A dying Genco begs Vito to stay with him believing that Vito will somehow stop his death.frighten Death away.
29th Nov '17 10:22:59 AM nightkiller
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** Creator/JamesCaan improvised the part where he throws the FBI photographer to the ground. The extra's frightened reaction is genuine. He also came up with the idea of throwing money at the man to make up for breaking his camera. As he put it, "Where I came from, you broke something, you replaced it or repaid the owner."

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** Creator/JamesCaan improvised the part where he throws the FBI photographer to the ground. The extra's frightened reaction is genuine. He also came up with the idea of throwing money at the man to make up for breaking his camera. As he put it, "Where I came from, you broke something, you replaced it or repaid the owner."
8th Nov '17 6:32:28 AM JamesAustin
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** All the way through post-production, Coppola feuded with producer Robert Evans over the film's style and pacing. One particular argument involved Evans demanding that Coppola include an intermission after Michael murders Solozzo and McCluskey. Later, Evans demanded that Coppola cut the film down to a 135 minute runtime. Coppola complied, only to be chewed out afterwards for "ruining" the film. Afterwards, he reedited it to the original length without complaint.

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** All the way through post-production, Coppola feuded with producer Robert Evans over the film's style and pacing. One particular argument involved Evans demanding that Coppola include an intermission after Michael murders Solozzo and McCluskey.[=McCluskey=]. Later, Evans demanded that Coppola cut the film down to a 135 minute runtime. Coppola complied, only to be chewed out afterwards for "ruining" the film. Afterwards, he reedited it to the original length without complaint.



*** A large list of actors were considered for the part of Vito Corleone:
** Music/FrankSinatra tried very hard to be cast. This would have made Vito's conversation with Johnny Fontane one of the funniest {{Actor Allusion}}s ever. He also turned down the role of Don Altobello in Part III.

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*** ** A large list of actors were considered for the part of Vito Corleone:
** *** Music/FrankSinatra tried very hard to be cast. This would have made Vito's conversation with Johnny Fontane (an expy of Sinatra) one of the funniest {{Actor Allusion}}s ever. He also turned down the role of Don Altobello in Part III.''Part III''.



*** Others considered for the role: Creator/LaurenceOlivier, Creator/ErnestBorgnine, Creator/AnthonyQuinn, Creator/GeorgeCScott, Creator/EdwardGRobinson, and [[OddNameOut Danny Thomas]].
** Creator/RobertRedford and CreatorRyan/ONeal were considered for the part of Michael Corleone. Almost enforced by ExecutiveMeddling as Coppola wanted the black-haired Mediterranean type but admitted that many Italians have blond hair and blue eyes.

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*** Others considered for the role: role were: Creator/LaurenceOlivier, Creator/ErnestBorgnine, Creator/AnthonyQuinn, Creator/GeorgeCScott, Creator/EdwardGRobinson, and [[OddNameOut Danny Thomas]].
** Creator/RobertRedford and CreatorRyan/ONeal Creator/RyanONeal were considered for the part of Michael Corleone. Almost enforced by ExecutiveMeddling as Coppola wanted the black-haired Mediterranean type but admitted that many Italians have blond hair and blue eyes.



* ExecutiveMeddling: According to Coppola & Puzo, the film was meant to be titled ''The Death of Michael Corleone'' to highlight the fact that it did not follow on directly from ''Part II'', but rather was meant to be "[[DistantFinale an epilogue]]." They were overruled, with executives saying "You can't make a Godfather movie without 'The Godfather' in the title!" This after Coppola had to '''demand''' the second film be titled ''The Godfather Part II'' instead of something else.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: According to Coppola & and Puzo, the film was meant to be titled ''The Death of Michael Corleone'' to highlight the fact that it did not follow on directly from ''Part II'', but rather was meant to be "[[DistantFinale an epilogue]]." They were overruled, with executives saying "You can't make a Godfather movie without 'The Godfather' in the title!" This after Coppola had to '''demand''' the second film be titled ''The Godfather Part II'' instead of something else.



** People sometimes cite this trope as a reason the film sucked. However, the situations vary in one aspect: he actually wanted to do Part I and Part II to secure money for his pet projects. He ''needed'' to make Part III after one of those said projects not only destroyed his own studio but left him bankrupt.
** This was a big reason RobertDuvall didn't return. Pacino and Keaton alone demanded huge salaries to appear, and Duvall felt grifted. To paraphrase: "Al's the lead, so I accepted he was going to make more than me. But did he have to make ''twice'' as much?"

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** People sometimes cite this trope as a reason the film sucked. However, the situations vary in one aspect: he Coppola actually wanted to do Part I and Part II to secure money for his pet projects. He ''needed'' to make Part III after one of those said projects not only destroyed his own studio but left him bankrupt.
** This was a big reason RobertDuvall Creator/RobertDuvall didn't return. Pacino and Keaton alone demanded huge salaries to appear, and Duvall felt grifted. To paraphrase: "Al's the lead, so I accepted he was going to make more than me. But did he have to make ''twice'' as much?"much?" Coppola, now without AuteurLicense, had to rewrite the screenplay and create the character B.J. Harrison as a stand-in.



* RealLifeRelative: Creator/SophiaCoppola plays Mary Corleone.

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* RealLifeRelative: Creator/SophiaCoppola Director Francis Ford Coppola's daughter Creator/SofiaCoppola plays Mary Corleone.



* StarDerailingRole: Creator/SophiaCoppola isn't an actress by trade to begin with, and was a last minute replacement after Creator/WinonaRyder fell ill. However, her heavily criticized performance, as well as charges of nepotism, effectively ended her acting career. However, she has enjoyed much greater success following in her father's footsteps as a director in her own right.

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* StarDerailingRole: Creator/SophiaCoppola Creator/SofiaCoppola isn't an actress by trade to begin with, and was a last minute replacement after Creator/WinonaRyder fell ill. However, her heavily criticized performance, as well as charges of nepotism, effectively ended her acting career. However, she has enjoyed much greater success following in her father's footsteps as a director in her own right.



** Creator/AlbertFinney, Creator/MarcelloMastroianni, Creator/PhilippeNoiret and Creator/GianMariaVolontè were considered for the role of Archbishop Liam Francis Gilday in Part III.
** Creator/MiaFarrow auditioned for the role of Kay. Also considered were Creator/JillClayburgh, Creator/SusanBlakey, Creator/MichellePhillips, Creator/Geneviève Bujold, Creator/JenniferSalt and Creator/BlytheDanner.

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** Creator/AlbertFinney, Creator/MarcelloMastroianni, Creator/PhilippeNoiret and Creator/GianMariaVolontè Creator/GianMariaVolonte; were considered for the role of Archbishop Liam Francis Gilday in Part III.
** Creator/MiaFarrow auditioned for the role of Kay. Also considered were Creator/JillClayburgh, Creator/SusanBlakey, Creator/MichellePhillips, Creator/Geneviève Bujold, Creator/GenevieveBujold, Creator/JenniferSalt and Creator/BlytheDanner.



** Michael isn't voiced by Al Pacino, or even looks like him, since Pacino licensed his likeness to another company for the Scarface game.

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** Michael isn't voiced by Al Pacino, or even looks like him, since Pacino licensed his likeness to another company for the Scarface ''Film/Scarface1983'' game.
8th Oct '17 5:55:31 PM MagBas
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* CommonKnowledge: A minor example: Creator/RichardMatheson is often said to be one of the Senators in ''Part II'' (even [=IMDB=] lists him), but he's uncredited on the film, Matheson himself denies it, and there's no evidence beyond it being repeated ad nauseum.
4th Oct '17 4:47:15 PM ClintEastwood
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* HostilityOnTheSet: During filming, Creator/JamesCaan and Gianni Russo did not get along and were frequently at loggerheads. During filming Sonny's beating of Carlo, Caan nearly hit Russo with the stick he threw at him, and actually broke two of Russo's ribs and chipped his elbow.



* HostilityOnTheSet: During filming, Creator/JamesCaan and Gianni Russo did not get along and were frequently at loggerheads. During filming Sonny's beating of Carlo, Caan nearly hit Russo with the stick he threw at him, and actually broke two of Russo's ribs and chipped his elbow.

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* HostilityOnTheSet: During filming, Creator/JamesCaan LoopingLines: Sollozzo learns that Don Vito Corleone is still alive after the assassination attempt he ordered, and Gianni Russo says to hostage Tom Hagen "That's bad luck for me, and bad luck for you if you don't make that deal!" before apparently releasing him. However, if you look closely you see that Sollozzo just says "That's bad luck for me, and bad luck for you": there was a short scene that was present in the book but cut from the film, where Tom Hagen arrives back at home and exclaims "Boy, if I argue against the Supreme Court I'll never do better than I did against that Turk tonight!", having convinced Sollozzo not get along and were frequently at loggerheads. During filming Sonny's beating of Carlo, Caan nearly hit Russo to kill him on the grounds that he could still negotiate a deal with Sonny despite the stick he threw at him, and actually broke two of Russo's ribs and chipped his elbow.Don being alive.
3rd Oct '17 12:39:22 PM MatthewRenn
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** Creator/EliWallach, of Jewish extraction, playing Italian Mob boss Don Altobello.

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** Creator/EliWallach, Creator/EliWallach and Mickey Knox of Jewish extraction, playing Italian Mob boss bosses Don Altobello.Altobello and Matty Parisi, though the latter had been living and working in Italy for several decades at that point, and spoke the language fluently.
28th Sep '17 9:26:18 PM Michael_McManus
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* BillingDisplacement: In the original, Creator/MarlonBrando gets top billing as DecoyProtagonist Vito Corleone, despite Creator/AlPacino playing the lead role.
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