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
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   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.
   Jack Woltz's is a pedophile. This isn't 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.
   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.
   Don Corleone is indifferent to Michael's heroism in the war. Clemenza tells Michael "we was all proud of you being a war hero. Your father too."
   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.
   The kay approaches Micheal. The Micheal approachez kay for marriage
   Kay leaves Michael and goes to stay with her parents. When Tom Hagen visits her there, he lets her in on family secrets for which, according to him, he would be killed should Michael find out what he has revealed. Kay returns to Michael in an uneasy compromise; she loves him, holds herself apart from the details of his work and attends Catholic mass daily with Mama Corleone to pray for Michael's soul, just as Mama had done for Vito. Michael assures Kay that he wasn't involved in Carlo's death and Kay is relieved.
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