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Marlon Brando in the film The Godfather (1972). Producers worried that at 47 he was difficult, and past his prime, but he won (and then declined) an Oscar for Best Actor. Allstar Picture Library/Alamy Stock Photo hide caption

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'The Godfather' bridged old and new Hollywood to save American moviegoing

On its 50th Anniversary, The Godfather is one of the most influential and respected films in Hollywood history. But that outcome didn't seem likely at its premiere.

Marlon Brando in the film The Godfather (1972). Producers worried that at 47 he was difficult, and past his prime, but he won (and then declined) an Oscar for Best Actor. Allstar Picture Library/Alamy Stock Photo hide caption

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'The Godfather' bridged old and new Hollywood to save American moviegoing

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