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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In the Book In the Movie
   Calo, Michael's body guard in Sicily dies along with Apollonia in the car explosion. He survives.
   Fabrizio, the second Sicilian bodyguard is implicated as an accomplice in the bombing. He is shot and killed as one more victim in the famous "baptism scene" after he is tracked down running a pizza parlor in Buffalo. He survives.
   Johnny Fontane is a majot character. His troubles with women and his voice are discussed in detail. He is a fringe character who shows up at the beginning to sing at Connie's wedding. He asks Don Vito for help with getting a part, and the Don makes an offer the studio boss can't refuse.
   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.
   Connie apologizes to Michael a few days after accusing him of causing Carlo's death, claiming she was mistaken, apparently glad to be rid of the abusive Carlo and that Sonny has been avenged. She also marries again less than a year later. Connie accuses Michael of being responsible for Carlo's death.
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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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