The Godfather: A Novel for Television
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The Godfather: A Novel for Television

434 min
Crime | Drama | Thriller
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Country: USA
Release Date: 1977-11-12
John Megna
John Megna
The Godfather: A Novel for Television
Simonetta Stefanelli
Simonetta Stefanelli
The Godfather: A Novel for Television
Marlon Brando
Don Vito Corleone
Al Pacino
Don Michael Corleone
Robert Duvall
Tom Hagen
James Caan
Sonny Corleone
Richard S. Castellano
Peter Clemenza
Diane Keaton
Kay Adams Corleone
Robert De Niro
Young Vito Corleone
Talia Shire
Connie Corleone Rizzi
Sterling Hayden
Capt. McCluskey
John Marley
Jack Woltz
Richard Conte
Don Emilio Barzini
Lee Strasberg
Hyman Roth
John Cazale
Fredo Corleone
Morgana King
Mama Corleone
Tere Livrano
Theresa Hagen
Tom Rosqui
Rocco Lampone
Al Martino
Johnny Fontane
Julie Gregg
Sandra Corleone
Joe Spinell
Willie Cicci
Richard Bright
Al Neri
Michael V. Gazzo
Frankie Pentangeli
Marianna Hill
Deanna Corleone
Troy Donahue
Merle Johnson
Angelo Infanti
Did you know?
Director Francis Ford Coppola agreed to reedit The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974) into one in order to raise money for his beleaguered production Apocalypse Now (1979).
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It originally aired on NBC over four consecutive nights (one three-hour segment and three two-hour segments) in November 1977.
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This re-edited version includes scenes deleted from The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974), including one showing Jack Woltz acting questionably with a child star, and Vito and Michael discussing Michael's future career.
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What are the differences between the Mini-Series and the original movies?
The shooting of the first Godfather movie were really nerve-stretching for Coppola, thus he originally decided not to direct the sequel. However, after the first movie was a huge box office success and praised by both the audience and the movie critics, Coppola didn't have to fear to be fired by the studio. Therefore, he was also able to set conditions if he was to direct and co-write the second Godfather movie. One of these conditions said that he would be allowed to take all the scenes from both the first and the second movie to re-arrange them chronologically for a TV mini series. In addition to this structure the TV version also offers a few additional scenes or shows alternative footage (which - of course - also replaced too violent or sexual content).5 years after the 2nd Godfather movie the TV mini series was aired on an US TV channel. To this day there does not exist a DVD version of this mini series. A detailed comparison between the mini-series and the original movies with pictures can be found here.
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John Megna Simonetta Stefanelli