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** 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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** 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. Russo would later state that he strongly suspected that Caan was angry with him, since he was the one had orginally been casted for the role of Carlo. Russo had, however, called in a favor with one of the producers and got the part instead, while Caan got reassigned to the role of Sonny.


* EnforcedMethodActing: In the "Woltz's bedroom" scene, John Marley (who played Woltz) was not told that they would be using an actual horse head for the scene, as they had used various props in rehearsals. Contrary to popular belief, it was not a horse that was killed specifically for the film. It was a horse that was about to be processed at a dog food factory and Coppola asked to keep the hed.

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* EnforcedMethodActing: In the "Woltz's bedroom" scene, John Marley (who played Woltz) was not told that they would be using an actual horse head for the scene, as they had used various props in rehearsals. Contrary to popular belief, it was not a horse that was killed specifically for the film. It was a horse that was about to be processed at a dog food factory and Coppola asked to keep the hed.head.


* EnforcedMethodActing: In the "Woltz's bedroom" scene, John Marley (who played Woltz) was not told that they would be using an actual horse head for the scene, as they had used various props in rehearsals.

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* EnforcedMethodActing: In the "Woltz's bedroom" scene, John Marley (who played Woltz) was not told that they would be using an actual horse head for the scene, as they had used various props in rehearsals. Contrary to popular belief, it was not a horse that was killed specifically for the film. It was a horse that was about to be processed at a dog food factory and Coppola asked to keep the hed.


** Creator/RobertDeNiro [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tdgBlZc8Wc audtioned for Sonny]], as well as Michael and Paulie. He would later play the young Vito in ''Part II''.

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** Creator/RobertDeNiro [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tdgBlZc8Wc audtioned auditioned for Sonny]], as well as Michael and Paulie. He would later play the young Vito in ''Part II''.


* OrphanedReference: In an early version of the script, an ongoing storyline was Tom Hagen having an affair with Sonny Corleone's widow. This was later discarded, but the line where Michael Corleone tells Hagen that he can take his "wife, children and mistress to Las Vegas" was kept.

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* OrphanedReference: OrphanedReference:
** Fannucci has a scar on his neck as a result of an assassination attempt that was cut.
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In an early version of the script, an ongoing storyline was Tom Hagen having an affair with Sonny Corleone's widow. This was later discarded, but the line where Michael Corleone tells Hagen that he can take his "wife, children and mistress to Las Vegas" was kept.


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* SparedByTheCut: A deleted scene saw Michael finally extract revenge of Fabrizio via car bomb. Another saw Vito extract revenge on Ciccio's henchmen, stabbing one and beating another with an oar.

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** The cat that Vito is cradling in the opening scene was not planned and the animal was not trained. It was a stray that happened to be lurking near the entrance of the studio when Marlon Brando arrived for work that morning, so Brando decided to simply adopt it.


* CastTheRunnerUp:
** Richard Conte and John Marley were among the many actors considered for Vito Corleone. Both ended up with smaller parts, as Barzini and Jack Woltz, respectively.
** Creator/JamesCaan read for Michael and Sonny, and was provisionally cast as the former, with Carmine Caridi playing Sonny. When Pacino became Michael, Caan was cast as Sonny instead. As compensation, Caridi had a bit part in the first film (as an onlooker during Carlo's beating) and larger roles in the sequels, as Carmine Rosato in ''Part II'' and crime boss Albert Volpe in ''Part III''. Besides Pacino, Keaton, Shire and Richard Bright, he was the only actor to appear in all three ''Godfathers''.
** Al Lettieri was another option for Sonny; he wound up playing Sollozzo instead.
** Peter Donat was shortlisted with Creator/RobertDuvall for Tom Hagen. Appropriately, Donat was cast as Questadt, the Senate lawyer in ''Part II''.
** Creator/RobertDeNiro [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tdgBlZc8Wc audtioned for Sonny]], as well as Michael and Paulie. He would later play the young Vito in ''Part II''.



** Several actors read for major characters and were recast in other roles:
*** Richard Conte and John Marley were among the many actors considered for Vito Corleone. Both ended up with smaller parts, as Barzini and Jack Woltz, respectively.
*** Creator/JamesCaan read for Michael and Sonny, and was provisionally cast as the former, with Carmine Caridi playing Sonny. When Pacino became Michael, Caan was cast as Sonny instead. As compensation, Caridi had a bit part in the first film (as an onlooker during Carlo's beating) and larger roles in the sequels, as Carmine Rosato in ''Part II'' and crime boss Albert Volpe in ''Part III''. Besides Pacino, Keaton, Shire and Richard Bright, he was the only actor to appear in all three ''Godfathers''.
*** Al Lettieri was another option for Sonny; he wound up playing Sollozzo instead.
*** Peter Donat was shortlisted with Creator/RobertDuvall for Tom Hagen. Appropriately, Donat was cast as Questadt, the Senate lawyer in ''Part II''.



** Robert Evans originally wanted Music/HenryMancini to score the film.

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** Robert Evans Creator/RobertEvans originally wanted Music/HenryMancini to score the film.



* CastTheRunnerUp: Creator/BridgetFonda auditioned for Mary Corleone before being cast as Grace Hamilton.



** Creator/WinonaRyder was supposed to play Mary but she opted to film ''Mermaids'' instead. Rebecca Schaeffer was also up for the part of Mary before she was murdered. Music/{{Madonna}} lobbied for the role, even meeting with Coppola and De Niro, but she was deemed too old for the part. Creator/JuliaRoberts turned it down in order to star in ''Film/PrettyWoman''. Creator/BridgetFonda auditioned before being cast as Grace Hamilton.

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** Creator/WinonaRyder was supposed to play Mary but she opted to film ''Mermaids'' instead. Rebecca Schaeffer was also up for the part of Mary before she was murdered. Music/{{Madonna}} lobbied for the role, even meeting with Coppola and De Niro, but she was deemed too old for the part. Creator/JuliaRoberts turned it down in order to star in ''Film/PrettyWoman''. Creator/BridgetFonda auditioned before being cast as Grace Hamilton.


** Michael isn't voiced by Al Pacino, or even looks like him, since Pacino licensed his likeness to another company for the ''Film/Scarface1983'' game.

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** Michael isn't voiced by looks and sounds nothing like Al Pacino, or even looks like him, since as Pacino licensed his likeness exclusively to another company for the ''Film/Scarface1983'' game.



** Rocco Lampone and Carmela Corleone do make brief appearances, but they look and sound nothing like their movie characters, which suggests the estate of Tom Rosqui nor Morgana King did not give permission for their likenesses to be used.

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** Rocco Lampone and Carmela Corleone do make brief appearances, but they look and sound are nothing like their movie characters, which suggests the estate estates of Tom Rosqui nor and Morgana King did not give permission for their likenesses to be used.


* OrphanedReference: While arguing with Tom, Sonny laments, "Pop got Genco, look what I got." This refers to Vito's former consigliere Genco Abbandando, who appeared in a deleted scene where Vito takes his sons to see him hospital.

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* OrphanedReference: While arguing with Tom, Sonny laments, "Pop got Genco, look what I got." This refers to Vito's former consigliere Genco Abbandando, who appeared in a deleted scene where Vito takes his sons to see him at the hospital.



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* OvertookTheManga: ''Part II'' picks up where the novel ended, with Michael Corleone moving his family to Nevada, and ''Part III'' takes place decades later and concludes with the death of Michael Corleone. The novel series continued with ''The Godfather Returns'' in 2004 and ''The Godfather's Revenge'' in 2006, written by Mark Winegardner as Puzo died in 1999.


* AchievementsInIgnorance: Mario Puzo, the screenwriter and author of the original novel, admitted that he had no clue what he was doing when he adapted the novel to a screenplay. His work for both this film and ''Part II'' ended up being so influential on the film industry that when Puzo finally decided to learn the trade properly and bought a starter book on screenwriting, he found that the very first chapter asked him to study ''his own script.''



* RealitySubtext: Jack Woltz's refusal to cast Johnny Fontaine in a film (allegedly) has its basis on Music/FrankSinatra and ''Film/FromHereToEternity''. It could also apply to Robert Evans refusing to cast Creator/MarlonBrando as Don Corleone.

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* RealitySubtext: RealitySubtext:
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Jack Woltz's refusal to cast Johnny Fontaine in a film (allegedly) has its basis on Music/FrankSinatra and ''Film/FromHereToEternity''. It could also apply to Robert Evans refusing to cast Creator/MarlonBrando as Don Corleone.Corleone.
** Creator/AlPacino's maternal grandparents emigrated to America from Corleone, Sicily, just as Vito Corleone had.



** Creator/WarrenBeatty, Creator/JackNicholson, and Creator/DustinHoffman were all offered the part of Michael Corleone, but all refused. (Beatty was also offered directing and producing duties.) Creator/MartinSheen and Creator/DeanStockwell auditioned for the role, while Rod Steiger campaigned hard, even though he was too old for the part. Creator/TommyLeeJones was considered, while Charlie Bluhdorn, the President of Gulf + Western, wanted ''Charles Bronson''.

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** Creator/WarrenBeatty, Creator/JackNicholson, and Creator/DustinHoffman were all offered the part of Michael Corleone, but all refused. (Beatty was also offered directing and producing duties.) Creator/DavidCarradine, Creator/MartinSheen and Creator/DeanStockwell auditioned for the role, while Rod Steiger campaigned hard, even though he was too old for the part.role. Creator/TommyLeeJones was considered, while Charlie Bluhdorn, the President of Gulf + Western, wanted ''Charles Bronson''.



** Creator/BruceDern, Creator/SteveMcQueenActor and Creator/PaulNewman auditioned for Tom Hagen.
** Creator/JackNicholson, Creator/MartinSheen, Creator/DeanStockwell, Creator/RobertVaughn were considered for the role of Tom Hagen. Creator/JohnCassavetes and Creator/PeterFalk also sought the role.

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** Creator/BruceDern, Creator/SteveMcQueenActor and Creator/PaulNewman auditioned for Tom Hagen.
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Hagen. Creator/JackNicholson, Creator/MartinSheen, Creator/DeanStockwell, Creator/RobertVaughn were considered for the role of Tom Hagen. role, while Creator/JohnCassavetes and Creator/PeterFalk also sought the role.it.


* 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 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.

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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 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) TheMafia) followed his advice and ''The Godfather'' was the result.



* ActorInspiredElement: Creator/MarlonBrando wanted Don Corleone to look like a bulldog. Also, nowhere in the script did it say anything about the don holding a cat. That was a stray Brando found.

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* ActorInspiredElement: Creator/MarlonBrando wanted Don Corleone to look like a bulldog. Also, nowhere in the script did it say anything about the don Don holding a cat. That was a stray Brando found.



* TheCastShowoff: The Don's wife, Carmella Corleone, is seen singing at the wedding. Morgana King, who played Carmella, was a gifted jazz singer, and portraying Carmella was actually her film debut, as well as her acting debut.

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* TheCastShowoff: The Don's wife, Carmella Carmela Corleone, is seen singing at the wedding. Morgana King, who played Carmella, Carmela, was a gifted jazz singer, and portraying Carmella Carmela was actually her film debut, as well as her acting debut.



** The real life mobsters were so flattered by the classy characterization of Brando and the Corleones in general that they started to style themselves after Don Vito, invoking all kind of manerisms old-fashioned or forgotten by then (or just plain made up).

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** The real life mobsters were so flattered by the classy characterization of Brando and the Corleones in general that they started to style themselves after Don Vito, invoking all kind of manerisms mannerisms old-fashioned or forgotten by then (or just plain made up).



* OneTakeWonder: Sonny's death scene was the most expensive in the movie to set up and film, for it cost over one hundred thousand dollars to set up, and was finished in just one take from four or five different camera angles.

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* OneTakeWonder: Sonny's death scene was the most expensive in the movie to set up setup and film, for it cost over one hundred thousand dollars to set up, and was finished in just one take from four or five different camera angles.



* RealitySubtext: Jack Woltz's refusal to cast Johnny Fontaine in a film (allegedly) has it's basis on Music/FrankSinatra and ''Film/FromHereToEternity''. It could also apply to Robert Evans refusing to cast Creator/MarlonBrando as Don Corleone.

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* RealitySubtext: Jack Woltz's refusal to cast Johnny Fontaine in a film (allegedly) has it's its basis on Music/FrankSinatra and ''Film/FromHereToEternity''. It could also apply to Robert Evans refusing to cast Creator/MarlonBrando as Don Corleone.



** 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 Sollozzo 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 re-edited it to the original length without complaint.



** Creator/AnnaMagnani and Creator/AnneBancroft turned down the role of Mama Corleone.

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** Creator/AnnaMagnani and Creator/AnneBancroft turned down the role of Mama Carmela Corleone.



*** Al Lettieri was another option for Sonny; he wound up playing Solozzo instead.

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*** Al Lettieri was another option for Sonny; he wound up playing Solozzo Sollozzo instead.



** Fabrizio, Michael's Sicilian bodyguard who planted the bomb that killed Appolonia, was supposed to be found by Michael at a pizza parlor he opens in America and subsequently blown away with a shotgun at the end of the movie as per the novel (though Michael isn't his killer in the novel). This scene was filmed but ultimately cut because the makeup artists plastered Angelo Infanti with so much fake blood that the scene looked ridiculous. Hence, the reshot scene where he's killed via CarBomb as the ultimate poetic justice.

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** Fabrizio, Michael's Sicilian bodyguard who planted the bomb that killed Appolonia, Apollonia, was supposed to be found by Michael at a pizza parlor he opens in America and subsequently blown away with a shotgun at the end of the movie as per the novel (though Michael isn't his killer in the novel). This scene was filmed but ultimately cut because the makeup artists plastered Angelo Infanti with so much fake blood that the scene looked ridiculous. Hence, the reshot reshoot scene where he's killed via CarBomb as the ultimate poetic justice.



** Fredo shows up late to Anthony's communion party because his wife, Deana, is drunk. She runs up the driveway demanding to see Michael, then falls down and knocks down Fredo when he tries to pick her up. Fredo warns her not to embarrass him.

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** Fredo shows up late to Anthony's communion party because his wife, Deana, Deanna, is drunk. She runs up the driveway demanding to see Michael, then falls down and knocks down Fredo when he tries to pick her up. Fredo warns her not to embarrass him.



** At the party, Sonny's widow, Sandra, brings their daughter Francesca and her fiancé, Gardner, to see Michael. Fredo barges in to tell Michael that Pentangeli is outside. Michael gives Francesca and Gardner his blessing to get married. She sees Kay and tells her the good news.

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** At the party, Sonny's widow, Sandra, brings their daughter Francesca and her fiancé, Gardner, to see Michael. Fredo barges in to tell Michael that Pentangeli is outside. Michael gives Francesca and Gardner his blessing to get married. She sees Kay and tells her the good news.



** Anthony runs towards the area where the buttonmen are sitting and Kay chases after him, warning him to stay away. She then grabs and hugs Anthony.

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** Anthony runs towards the area where the buttonmen button men are sitting and Kay chases after him, warning him to stay away. She then grabs and hugs Anthony.



* OrphanedReference: In an early version of the script, an ongoing story line was Tom Hagen having an affair with Sonny Corleone's widow. This was later discarded, but the line where Michael Corleone tells Hagen that he can take his "wife, children and mistress to Las Vegas" was kept.

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* OrphanedReference: In an early version of the script, an ongoing story line storyline was Tom Hagen having an affair with Sonny Corleone's widow. This was later discarded, but the line where Michael Corleone tells Hagen that he can take his "wife, children and mistress to Las Vegas" was kept.



** Shooting in the Dominican Republic (standing in for Cuba) proved the biggest problem: nonstop rainstorms delayed filming for weeks, while Al Pacino, Lee Strasberg and several crew members came down with tropical illnesses. Pacino took three weeks to recover, and Strasberg was so debilitated [[WrittenInInfirmity his infirmity was written into his character]]. There were also concerns about the parallel storylines of Vito and Michael, especially after Coppola delivered a disastrous rough cut, forcing a last minute reedit.

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** Shooting in the Dominican Republic (standing in for Cuba) proved the biggest problem: nonstop rainstorms delayed filming for weeks, while Al Pacino, Lee Strasberg and several crew members came down with tropical illnesses. Pacino took three weeks to recover, and Strasberg was so debilitated [[WrittenInInfirmity his infirmity was written into his character]]. There were also concerns about the parallel storylines of Vito and Michael, especially after Coppola delivered a disastrous rough cut, forcing a last minute reedit.re-edit.



** Coppola's rough cut ran almost ''six hours'' in length. Vito's storyline extended into the Prohibition Era, including a gang war with UsefulNotes/AlCapone and Luca Brasi's exploits as Vito's hatchet man. Michael's story continued, gaining political influence in 1960s Washington through his connections with Senator Geary (implying a role in the [[Main/WhoShotJFK Kennedy assassination]], among other things). Little of this footage survived, aside from the handful of deleted scenes used in the television reedit, and one or two stills showing Creator/RobertDeNiro as middle-aged Vito. Many of the ideas were recycled for Mark Winegardner's sequel novels and the putative scripts for ''Part IV''.

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** Coppola's rough cut ran almost ''six hours'' in length. Vito's storyline extended into the Prohibition Era, including a gang war with UsefulNotes/AlCapone and Luca Brasi's exploits as Vito's hatchet man. Michael's story continued, gaining political influence in 1960s Washington through his connections with Senator Geary (implying a role in the [[Main/WhoShotJFK Kennedy assassination]], among other things). Little of this footage survived, aside from the handful of deleted scenes used in the television reedit, re-edit, and one or two stills showing Creator/RobertDeNiro as middle-aged Vito. Many of the ideas were recycled for Mark Winegardner's sequel novels and the putative scripts for ''Part IV''.



** Don Altobello hands Michael and Constance an expensive check for the Vito Corleone Foundation, and Altobello declares lifetime peace between the two familes. All three embrace each other.

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** Don Altobello hands Michael and Constance an expensive check for the Vito Corleone Foundation, and Altobello declares lifetime peace between the two familes.families. All three embrace each other.



** Rocco Lampone and Carmella Corleone do make brief appearances, but they look and sound nothing like their movie characters, which suggests the estate of Tom Rosqui nor Morgana King did not give permission for their likenesses to be used.

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** Rocco Lampone and Carmella Carmela Corleone do make brief appearances, but they look and sound nothing like their movie characters, which suggests the estate of Tom Rosqui nor Morgana King did not give permission for their likenesses to be used.




!!Assorted Trivia(Game)
* The club the Falconite is based on the Ravenite club(which was also located on Mulberry Street) which was run by the Gambino Family and served as John Gotti's base of operation.

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\n!!Assorted Trivia(Game)\n* The club the Falconite is based on the Ravenite club(which club (which was also located on Mulberry Street) which was run by the Gambino Family and served as John Gotti's base of operation.operation.


** Creator/BruceDern, [[Creator/SteveMcQueenActor Steve McQueen]] and Creator/PaulNewman auditioned for Tom Hagen.
** Creator/JackNicholson, Creator/MartinSheen, Creator/DeanStockwell, Creator/RobertVaughn were considered for the role of Tom Hagen. Creator/JohnCassavetes and [[Series/{{Columbo}} Peter Falk]] also sought the role.

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** Creator/BruceDern, [[Creator/SteveMcQueenActor Steve McQueen]] Creator/SteveMcQueenActor and Creator/PaulNewman auditioned for Tom Hagen.
** Creator/JackNicholson, Creator/MartinSheen, Creator/DeanStockwell, Creator/RobertVaughn were considered for the role of Tom Hagen. Creator/JohnCassavetes and [[Series/{{Columbo}} Peter Falk]] Creator/PeterFalk also sought the role.



** Creator/JulieChristie and Creator/MiaFarrow were considered for Kay.

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** Creator/KarenBlack, Creator/JulieChristie and Creator/MiaFarrow were considered for Kay.


** Cuban American Andy Garcia plays Italian American Vincent Mancini.

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** Cuban American Andy Garcia Creator/AndyGarcia plays Italian American Vincent Mancini.

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