Cast of ‘The Godfather’ reunite for emotional 45th anniversary

TVC E. Al Pacino was considered too short, Marlon Brando was required to do a screen test, and director Francis Ford Coppola was almost fired. The director and cast of "The Godfather" reminisced on Saturday in a 45th anniversary reunion in New York about the trials, perseverance and inspiration that resulted in the Oscar-winning Mafia movies. Coppola, Pacino, Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, James Caan, Talia Shire and Robert Duvall watched back-to-back screenings of "The Godfather" (1972) and "The Godfather: Part II" (1974) along with an audience of 6,000 on the closing night of the Tribeca film festival. "I haven't seen these movies for years," Coppola said. "I found (watching) a very emotional experience. I forgot a lot about the making of it and thought about the story, and the story used a lot of family and my personal stuff." The two films won nine Oscars and their tale of how an orphan from...

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