The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty in postwar New York City transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant youngest son.
Francis Ford Coppola
Mario PuzoFrancis | Ford Coppola
Marlon BrandoAl | PacinoJames | Caan
Relive the ERA
Richard S. Castellano
Robert De Niro auditioned for Sonny
Robert De Niro auditioned for the role of Sonny, but Coppola eventually went with James Caan. De Niro would later appear as the young Vito Corleone in The Godfather: Part II and win a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work.