Based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel of the same name, Francis Ford Coppola’s three-hour epic The Godfather was released in theaters on this day in 1972. Starring Marlon Brando in an Academy-Award winning performance as Italian-American mafia boss Don Vito Corleone, Coppola’s film focuses more on the intricate relationships of the Corleone family rather than the violent crime aspects stereotypical of the genre. The classic film would take home the Oscar for Best Picture — but many critics say Coppola outdid himself two years later with The Godfather, Part II widely considered by Film Enthusiasts to be one of the best sequels of all time.
“A friend should always underestimate your virtues and an enemy overestimate your faults.” —
Don Vito Corleone (“The Godfather”, 1972)