Happy 40th Godfather

It is the 40th anniversary of one of the greatest films of all time, so I thought it would be really cool to make my 200th post in honor of this famed classic.

Some interesting facts about the movie:

The horse’s head in the actual take is a real horse’s head obtained from a glue factory.

Al Pacino was rejected and pretty bad in his screen test for Micheal.

Some of the actors in the film actually used their mob connections to land their roles.

Robert Deniro was the first actor to win an Oscar for a non-english speaking part.

George Lucas helped Francis Ford Coppola by shooting some insert shots.

Mario Puzo, the writer, died before finishing part IV.

To save money, Paramount originally wanted the film to be shot present day and not the 40’s.

Francis Ford Coppola, when first approached,  was reluctant to work on the film and direct.

The film was made for under $3 million and made $85 million, averaging a million a day.

The word “mafia” is never said.

Don Corleone is supposedly based on real life mafioso Frank Costello, and Moe Green was based on Bugsy Siegal.

Marlon Brando read cue cards for his lines.

They did not shoot any scenes in Corleone Italy.

Talia Shire is actually Francis Ford Coppola’s sister and he did not want her in the film.

The film was shot in just 62 days.

The actor John Cazale who played the role of Fredo was only in five movies for his career before succumbing to cancer, and all 5 films won Best Picture Academy Awards: The Deer Hunter, The Conversation, The Godfather I & II, and Dog Day Afternoon

The famous line: “Leave the gun, take the cannoli” was ad-libbed and not in the script.

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