Five things you didn’t know about The Godfather



Think you know all there is to know about ‘The Godfather’? Think again!

‘The Godfather Live’ is coming to Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol this September following a successful run of sold out shows at the Royal Albert Hall. The timeless classic will be shown on a big screen while a live orchestra perform Nino Rota’s score. To celebrate this, here are five things you didn’t know about the movie.

First thing’s first. The cat that Don Vito (Marlon Brando) is stroking in the opening scene was, in fact, a stray and not a professional, erm, cat. Francis Ford Coppolla found it wandering around outside the Paramount Studios.

Speaking of Francis Ford Coppola, Hollywood clearly runs through his family tree. We all know that his daughter, Sofia Coppola, is a massively successful director in her own right who won an Oscar for ‘Lost in Translation’, but did you know that his nephew is none other than Nicholas Cage? Mind. Blown.

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Back to the film’s animals. We all know about that infamous scene where Hollywood producer Jack Woltz wakes up to find a horse’s head in his bed, but those of you who thought it would be a mere fake prop were very, very incorrect. Yes, it was a real one and yes, we can only assume that John Marley’s screams were real.

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He might have been cast as a young Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II, but Robert De Niro originally auditioned for the part of Sonny. Here’s his audition tape to prove it…

It’s not just the story line and acting that makes The Godfather feature in every ‘Film You Must See’ poll. The movie’s music, composed by the late, great Nino Rota, earned the film a Golden Globe win and an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score.

Speaking of which, The Godfather Live features this epic score performed by a live orchestra as the film is simultaneously shown on a big screen. Tickets are available now and we’d say that’s an offer we can’t refuse…


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