The Godfather is an Academy Award-winning 1972 crime film based on the novel of the same name by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, with a screenplay by Puzo, Coppola, and an uncredited Robert Towne. It stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall and Diane Keaton, and features Richard Castellano, Abe Vigoda and Sterling Hayden. The story spans ten years from 1945 to 1955 and chronicles the Corleone crime family.
The Godfather has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. In addition, it is ranked as the third greatest film in American cinematic history, behind Citizen Kane and Casablanca on the revised version of AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies list by the American Film Institute. It is also ranked #1 on Internet Movie Database's Top 250 list, as well as #1 on Metacritic's top 100 list and in the top 10 on Rotten Tomatoes' all-time best list.
Two sequels followed The Godfather: The Godfather Part II in 1974, and The Godfather Part III in 1990.
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola Produced by Albert S. Ruddy Written by Novel: Mario Puzo Screenplay: Mario Puzo Francis Ford Coppola Robert Towne (uncredited) Starring Marlon Brando Al Pacino James Caan Robert Duvall Diane Keaton Music by Nino Rota Carmine Coppola Cinematography Gordon Willis Editing by William H. Reynolds Peter Zinner Marc Laub Murray Solomon Distributed by Paramount Pictures Release date(s) March 15, 1972 (USA) November 1, 1972 (Australia) Running time 175 min. Country United States Language English Budget $6,000,000 Followed by The Godfather Part II