The Godfather turns 50

50 Years ago this sensational novel was turned into a film that made Hollywood history.

Did You Know:
Paramount producers disliked all of author Mario Puzo’s and director Francis Ford Coppola’s casting ideas.

Instead of Marlon Brando for "Vito Corleone", they looked at:
Orson Welles
Ernest Borgnine
Charles Bronson
Burt Lancaster

Instead of Al Pacino as "Michael Corleone", they wanted:
Dustin Hoffman
Robert Redford
Ryan O'Neal
Warren Beatty
Jack Nicholson
Martin Sheen
Frank Langella

Instead of Diane Keaton for "Kay Adams", they tried out:
Blythe Danne
 Michelle Phillips
Karen Black
Tuesday Weld

After $400,000 spent on screen tests, Paramount ended up going with Coppola’s & Puzo’s original choices ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

(Info from Leave the Gun, Take The Cannoli by Mark Seal)

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Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli: The Epic Story of the Making of The Godfather By Mark Seal Cover Image
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The Godfather: 50th Anniversary Edition By Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola (Introduction by), Anthony Puzo (Notes by), Robert J. Thompson (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola (Introduction by), Anthony Puzo (Notes by), Robert J. Thompson (Afterword by)
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The Godfather Notebook By Francis Ford Coppola Cover Image
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The Godfather: The Corleone Family Cookbook  By Liliana Battle, Stacey Tyzzer (Photographs by) Cover Image
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The Godfather Effect: Changing Hollywood, America, and Me By Tom Santopietro Cover Image
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The Family By Naomi Krupitsky Cover Image
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