James Caan Drops Legendary Throwback Pic With Al Pacino That Has ‘The Godfather’ Fans Freaking Out

by Joe Rutland

James Caan and Al Pacino were two of many stars that appeared in “The Godfather” back in 1972. Caan shared a throwback snap with fans.

Caan, who played Sonny Corleone in the movie version of author Mario Puzo’s book, took to Twitter on Wednesday and reminded fans of some good times.

Obviously, fans of “The Godfather” know that Pacino played Michael Corleone. Sonny was the oldest and Michael was the youngest of two sons to Vito Corleone, majestically played by Marlon Brando.

The movie was about a family involved with the Mafia. Vito helps Michael become a major Mafioso and get out of his rather shy demeanor. Upon its release, “The Godfather” became a major movie hit. Other stars in the film included Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, and John Marley. Also, Abe Vigoda starred as Tessio, a “capo” in the Corleone crime family.

‘The Godfather’ Won Three Oscars, Earned Seven Other Nominations

After the film’s release, it won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor (Brando), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Puzo and film director Francis Ford Coppola). “The Godfather” also received seven other Oscar nominations, including Best Supporting Actor for Caan, Pacino, and Duvall.

Outsiders might be curious to know how much respect this movie has received. Well, the American Film Institute has ranked it as the second-greatest film ever in American cinema history. “Citizen Kane,” which stars Orson Welles as ruthless newspaper publisher Charles Foster Kane, is No. 1.

Two sequels would follow the original in “The Godfather Part II” in 1974 and “The Godfather Part III” in 1990. Robert De Niro would play a young Vito Corleone in the first sequel and it earned him an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor.

Brando Received Big Boost From Role In Coppola-Directed Film

But “The Godfather” remains a film that still captures new fans nearly five decades since it was made. The film also received a tip of the cap from NBC’s “Saturday Night Life” when late comedian John Belushi famously portrayed Vito in the middle of a group therapy session.

Brando made a number of solid flicks throughout his long career. “The Godfather” brought him back into the public spotlight after some rather lackluster pictures in the 1960s. Other films credited to him include “Last Tanto in Paris,” “On The Waterfront,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” and “Apocalypse Now.” His caricature of Corleone led many to simply pigeonhole Brando into a certain type of actor.

As for Caan, he’s alive and well at 81 years old. Other films in his career include “Misery,” “The Glory Guys,” “Rollerball,” and “Brian’s Song.” That last one was a TV movie where he played Chicago Bears football player Biran Piccolo, who died from terminal cancer.