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.

BARZINI, dignified in a black homburg, is always under the

watchful eyes of TWO BODYGUARDS as he makes his way to

embrace DON CORLEONE in the courtyard.

The MEN walk down another row of parked cars. Put another

number in the notebook. A shiney new Cadillac with wooden


PETER CLEMENZA, dancing the Tarantella joyously, bumping

bellies with the ladies.


He mops his sweating forehead with a big handkerchief.

PAULIE hustles, gets a glass of icy black wine, and brings

it to him.


You look terrif on the floor!


What are you, a dance judge? Go do

your job; take a walk around the

neighborhood... see everything is


PAULIE nods and leaves; CLEMENZA takes a breath, and leaps

back into the dance.

The MEN walk down another row of parked cars. Put another

number in the notebook.

TESSIO, a tall, gentle-looking man, dances with a NINE-YEAR-

OLD GIRL, her little black party shoes planted on his

enormous brown shoes.

The MEN move on to other parked cars, when SONNY storms out

of the gate, his face flushed with anger, followed by



Buddy, this is a private party.

The MAN doesn't answer, but points to the DRIVER of the

sedan. SONNY menacingly thrusts his reddened face at him.

The DRIVER merely flips open his wallet to a greed card,

without saying a word. SONNY steps back, spits on the

ground, turns, and walks away, followed by CLEMENZA, PAULIE,

and another TWO MEN. He doesn't say a thing for most of the

walk back into the courtyard, and then, muttered to PAULIE.


Goddamn FBI...don't respect nothing.


DON CORLEONE sits quietly behind his massive desk in the

dark study.


...a fine boy from Sicily, captured

by the American Army, and sent to

New Jersey as a prisoner of war...

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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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