Thursday, March 15, 2012

Celebrating a Legendary Film - The Godfather

Few films in history have been revered so much as The Godfather. Most people can easily associated quotes such as: "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse" and "Leave the gun, take the cannoli." Even after forty years The Godfather is considered one of the best movies of all time and the "Holy Grail" of movie making. So many films over the last 40 years have aspired to reach the greatness that is The Godfather. It is strange to think about the classic characters and quotes that come from that movie and how different it could have been. Did you know that the studio was originally pushing for Ernest Borgnine to play the role of Don Vito Corleone, a role which Marlon Brando has immortalized in movie making history. There were some other high profile names that auditioned for the various roles in the movie but did not make the cut: Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford, Sylvester Stallone, Dustin Hoffman, Warren Beatty, Martin Sheen, and Steve McQueen. What an incredibly different film it would have been with any of these individuals in the various roles. When the movie was released on March 15, 1972 critics all over the world praised the film. Even today most critics place The Godfather in the top five to ten of best movies of all time. I know for me it is a great movie and is an important movie in film making history that can not go overlooked.

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