What's the Difference between The Godfather the Book and The Godfather the Movie?


The Godfather

Released: 1969
Author: Mario Puzo

The Godfather

Released: 1972
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
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Don Vito Corleone
Don Vito Corleone
Portrayed by: Marlon Brando
Michael Corleone
Michael Corleone
Portrayed by: Al Pacino
The Godfather Book vs Movie
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   Sonny's mistress, Lucy Mancini, was a substantial character. Lucy Mancini was not pregnant by Sonny when she moved to Las Vegas. She is only mentioned briefly.
   Sonny's affair with Lucy Mancini is based on their own biological endowments. He has an unusually large penis, which most women cannot handle. She has an unusually large vagina, and only Sonny can satisfy her. This is not mentioned.
   Don Corleone survives a previous assassination attempt and Al Capone sends triggermen from Chicago in an unsuccessful attempt to aid a rival gang. None of this is mentioned.
   Calo, Michael's body guard in Sicily dies along with Apollonia in the car explosion. He survives.
   Vito Corleone's earlier life, including the circumstances of his emigration to America, his early family life, his murder of Don Fanucci, and his rise in importance in the Mafia are all discussed in flashbacks. This was not shown, but is the basis for much of The Godfather II.
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There are a lot missing here. The deal with Sollozo, in the book; Vito is NOT against drug dealing, they even have talks on how it would be good business. He refuses the deal solely based on how he does not trust Sollozo. In the movie this is the famous quote "drugs is dirty business" scene and completely altered. Michael's broke jaw is reflected heavily in the book. In the film, it heals up and there is no scar, though the book clearly makes note of how it changes his appearance.
23 Sep 2013 Anonymous
In the film, Don Cunio and Don Stracci are killed in the baptism scene. In the book, they survive and appear in following books.
28 Mar 2013 Anonymous
a difference found is in the book sonny goes to beat up his sisters husband and family is around. in the movie he is alone and no one is there to help when sony finishes
03 Mar 2013 Anonymous
Some of these differences are shown in the director's cut of the film, such as Jack Woltz's pedophilia and Kay praying for Michael.
04 Oct 2011 Axemantitan

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