The Godfather script
The Godfather (1972)
Synopsis: Widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, this mob drama, based on Mario Puzo's novel of the same name, focuses on the powerful Italian-American crime family of Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando). When the don's youngest son, Michael (Al Pacino), reluctantly joins the Mafia, he becomes involved in the inevitable cycle of violence and betrayal. Although Michael tries to maintain a normal relationship with his wife, Kay (Diane Keaton), he is drawn deeper into the family business.

DON CORLEONE stands at the Gate, flanked on either side by a

FREDO and SONNY, all dressed in the formal attire of

the wedding party. He warmly shakes the hands, squeezes the

hands of the friends and guests, pinches the cheeks of the

children, and makes them all welcome. They in turn carry

with them gallons of homemade wine, cartons of freshly baked

bread and pastries, and enormous trays of Italian delicacies.

The entire family poses for a family portrait: DON CORLEONE,

MAMA, SONNY, his wife, SANDRA, and their children, TOM HAGEN

and his wife, THERESA, and their BABY; CONSTANZIA, the

bride, and her bridegroom, CARLO RIZZI. As they move into

the pose, THE DON seems preoccupied.


Where's Michael?


He'll be here Pop, it's still early.


Then the picture will wait for him.

Everyone in the group feels the uneasiness as the DON moves

back to the house. SONNY gives a delicious smile in the

direction of the Maid-of-Honor, LUCY MANCINI. She returns

it. Then he moves to his wife.


Sandra, watch the kids. They're

running wild.


You watch yourself.

HAGEN kisses his WIFE, and follows THE DON, passing the wine

barrels, where a group of FOUR MEN nervously wait. TOM

crooks a finger at NAZORINE, who doublechecks that he is

next, straightens, and follows HAGEN.


Outside the main gate of the Mall, SEVERAL MEN in suits,

working together with a MAN in a dark sedan, walk in and out

of the rows of parked cars, writing license plate numbers

down in their notebooks. We HEAR the music and laughter

coming from the party in the distance.

A MAN stops at a limousine and copies down the number.

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Mario Puzo

Mario Gianluigi Puzo (October 15, 1920 – July 2, 1999) was an American author, screenwriter and journalist. He is known for his crime novels about the Mafia, most notably The Godfather (1969), which he later co-adapted into a three-part film saga directed by Francis Ford Coppola. He received the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the first film in 1972 and Part II in 1974. Puzo also wrote the original screenplay for the 1978 Superman film. His last novel, The Family, was released posthumously in 2001. more…

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