History Trivia / TheGodfather

3rd Apr '17 6:19:48 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ExecutiveMeddling:
** According to Coppola & Puzo, ''The Godfather Part III'' 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.
** This also occurred during the first film as well. Stanley R. Jaffe, who was then Paramount's executive vice president and chief operations officer, along with producer Robert Evans, frequently fought with Coppola over creative matters during the film, from his decision to cast Marlon Brando and Al Pacino in the main roles, to his editing of the final product. It got so bad, in fact, that Coppola, constantly worrying about potentially being fired and replaced during the shoot, had to have the film's on-set physician prescribe him sleeping pills in order to combat his stress related insomnia. [[http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2009/03/godfather200903 "The Godfather Wars"]] gives a very thorough account of the whole odyssey.



* ExecutiveMeddling:
** According to Coppola & Puzo, ''The Godfather Part III'' 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.
** This also occurred during the first film as well. Stanley R. Jaffe, who was then Paramount's executive vice president and chief operations officer, along with producer Robert Evans, frequently fought with Coppola over creative matters during the film, from his decision to cast Marlon Brando and Al Pacino in the main roles, to his editing of the final product. It got so bad, in fact, that Coppola, constantly worrying about potentially being fired and replaced during the shoot, had to have the film's on-set physician prescribe him sleeping pills in order to combat his stress related insomnia. [[http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2009/03/godfather200903 "The Godfather Wars"]] gives a very thorough account of the whole odyssey.
28th Mar '17 10:42:58 PM WillBGood
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** Creator/MartinSheen, Creator/RoyThinnes, Creator/BarryPrimus, Creator/RobertVaughn, Creator/RichardMulligan, Creator/KeirDullea, Creator/DeanStockwell, and Creator/JackNicholson were considered for the role of Tom Hagen. Creator/JohnCassavetes and CreatorPeterFalk also sought the role.

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** Creator/MartinSheen, Creator/RoyThinnes, Creator/BarryPrimus, Creator/RobertVaughn, Creator/RichardMulligan, Creator/KeirDullea, Creator/DeanStockwell, and Creator/JackNicholson were considered for the role of Tom Hagen. Creator/JohnCassavetes and CreatorPeterFalk Creator/PeterFalk also sought the role.
24th Feb '17 4:41:29 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Because Corleone, Sicily, was too developed, even in the early 1970s, the Sicilian town of Savoca, outside Taormina, was used for shooting the scenes where Michael is in exile in Italy.
20th Feb '17 9:25:50 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** Vito, on the other hand, does look and sound a lot like MarlonBrando, but his VA is actually an imitator, as Brando's health prevented him from recording all of his lines. The only place you actually hear Brando is in the hospital scene when he's talking to Michael, as Brando's respirator doesn't sound out of place.

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** Vito, on the other hand, does look and sound a lot like MarlonBrando, Creator/MarlonBrando, but his VA is actually an imitator, as Brando's health prevented him from recording all of his lines. The only place you actually hear Brando is in the hospital scene when he's talking to Michael, as Brando's respirator doesn't sound out of place.
19th Jan '17 4:45:08 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* RetroactiveRecognition: Danny Aiello (''Film/DoTheRightThing'', ''Film/HudsonHawk'') plays one of the Rosatto Brothers in Part II.
** Also in Part II, Harry Dean Stanton (''Film/{{Alien}}'') is one of the FBI guys guarding Frank Pentagelli when he's a witness for the Senate against Michael.
** Furthermore, Dominic Chianese (Uncle Junior in ''Series/TheSopranos'') plays Johnny Ola.
** One of the children in Part III is Jessica DiCocco, a voice actress known for more recent works such as ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' (Flame Princess), ''ResonanceOfFate'' (Leanne) and ''FateStayNightUnlimitedBladeWorks''.
11th Oct '16 3:07:45 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* AllStarCast: Creator/AlPacino, Robert Duvall, Creator/JamesCaan, Diane Keaton, John Cazale, Abe Vigoda and Talia Shire were big names in the sequels, most of them owing it to [[StarMakingRole the roaring success of the original]]. During the making of the first film, only Brando was a bona fide huge star and Creator/SterlingHayden a household name; Richard Conte had been a leading man in the '40s and '50s, but was in the final stages of his career.

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* AllStarCast: Creator/AlPacino, Robert Duvall, Creator/JamesCaan, Diane Keaton, John Cazale, Creator/JohnCazale, Abe Vigoda and Talia Shire were big names in the sequels, most of them owing it to [[StarMakingRole the roaring success of the original]]. During the making of the first film, only Brando was a bona fide huge star and Creator/SterlingHayden a household name; Richard Conte had been a leading man in the '40s and '50s, but was in the final stages of his career.



* CreatorBacklash: Creator/AlPacino stated that he did not agree with the portrayal of Michael in ''Part III''. He didn't believe that Michael would ever feel regret or remorse for his actions, [[spoiler:especially the murder of his brother]].



* SavedFromDevelopmentHell: Paramount tried to go ahead with a third film for many years without Creator/FrancisFordCoppola, who had refused to make another sequel. About twelve scripts were written. Most of the scripts included the Corleone family being led by Michael's son Anthony, battling the CIA, Fidel Castro's Cuban government, or South American drug cartels. A 1978 draft by Mario Puzo dealt with Anthony Corleone being recruited by the CIA to assassinate a Latin American dictator. Dean Riesner also wrote a draft based on Puzo's ideas. Drafts were also written by Paramount producers Michael Eisner and Don Simpson. The film was scheduled for a Christmas 1980 release date. These scripts were discarded when Coppola decided to work on the script with Puzo. But Coppola eventually abandoned the project. Puzo wrote another script in 1986 with producer Nicholas Gage that featured Sonny Corleone's illegitimate son Vincent Mancini while showing the early life of the young Sonny Corleone. Paramount considered Creator/SidneyLumet, Costa-Gavras, Alan J. Pakula, Robert Benton, Creator/MichaelCimino and Creator/MichaelMann to direct. At one point, they were even close to signing Creator/SylvesterStallone to direct and star in the film.



** Creator/AlecBaldwin, Creator/MattDillon, Creator/VincentSpano, Creator/ValKilmer, Creator/CharlieSheen, Creator/BillyZane and Creator/Nicolas Cage were all considered to play Vincent Mancini in Part III.

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** Creator/TomCruise, Creator/AlecBaldwin, Creator/MattDillon, Creator/VincentSpano, Creator/ValKilmer, Creator/CharlieSheen, Creator/BillyZane and Creator/Nicolas Cage Creator/NicolasCage were all considered to play Vincent Mancini in Part III.


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* WorkingTitle: Creator/FrancisFordCoppola lobbied intensely for the third film to be called ''The Death of Michael Corleone'', but in the end was overruled by the studio.
4th Oct '16 3:08:58 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ReCut: The Godfather Saga combined the first two films in one for a television release in 1977. It was released on video in 1981 as The Godfather 19021959: The Complete Epic. Following the release of Part III in 1990, a third unified version was released to video in 1992 entitled The Godfather Trilogy: 19011980.
17th Sep '16 3:55:57 PM DrOO7
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*** AFIS100Years100Movies10ThAnniversaryEdition: #2

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14th Sep '16 11:21:58 PM DrOO7
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*** AFIS100Years100Movies10ThAnniversaryEdition: #32

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1st Aug '16 11:54:45 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** Creator/JoePesci was considered for the younger Peter Clemenza.
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