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"The Godfather" Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Paramount/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Thursday marks the 40th anniversary of the release of what many consider to be one of the greatest films ever made: The Godfather.

Based on the book of the same name by author Mario Puzo, the film starred Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone, a leader of a Mafia family in 1940s New York.  It was his character that uttered the famous line, "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse."

Al Pacino joined Brando as Vito's son Michael, the godfather-in-waiting who seeks revenge on his family's enemies.

The Francis Ford Coppola-directed film, which also starred James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire and Abe Vigoda, was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning for best picture, best actor for Brando and best adapted screenplay.  It spawned two sequels, released in 1974 and 1990.

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'The Godfather' Returns to Theaters for One Day

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A restored version of the Oscar-winning 1972 film The Godfather returns to theaters for one day on Thursday, March 1 to mark the film's 40th anniversary.  It will be screened at 55 Cinemark XD theaters across the country.

The film's original cinematographer, Gordon Willis, helped oversee the restoration and re-mastering with 5.1 digital surround sound.  The actual release anniversary is March 15.

Cinemark will also screen The Godfather: Part II for one day on April 19.  The Godfather: Part II was released in 1974.

A full list of participating theaters can be found at

No plans have been announced for the re-release of The Godfather: Part III.´╗┐

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Coppola: There Should Only Have Been One 'Godfather' Film

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- While most movie fans and critics alike believe The Godfather: Part 3 was a mistake -- those same people would likely agree that The Godfather: Part 2 was the rare example of a cinematic sequel surpassing the original in terms of sheer brilliance.

However, one of those fans apparently isn't director Francis Ford Coppola. Sure, Part 2 netted him an armful of Oscars, but in an impromptu interview with TMZ, Coppola said without elaborating, "there should only have been one."

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