From left to right: Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, James Caan and John Cazale.
One of the greatest films of American cinema celebrates its 45th anniversary today -- The Godfather. The adaptation of Mario Puzo's 1969 novel was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won three: Best Picture, Best Actor (Marlon Brando) and Best Adapted Screenplay. TRIVIA: When you see an orange appear in the movie, the fruit foreshadows a death in the near future.
The epic mafia film spawned two sequels. In 1974, The Godfather: Part II continued the story of the Corleone family, while also being nominated for nine Oscars. But Part II won five Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director (Francis Ford Coppola), Best Supporting Actor (Robert DeNiro), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction and Best Original Dramatic Score. TRIVIA: Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro are the only actors to win Oscars for playing the same character, Vito Corleone.
The Godfather: Part III (1990) took sixteen years to find its way to the Silver Screen. And while the third installment was nominated for seven Academy Awards, Godfather 3 didn't take home a single Oscar. TRIVIA: Julia Roberts was originally cast as Mary Corleone, but the role eventually passed to Sofia Coppola.
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