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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   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."
   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.
   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.
   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.
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