The Godfather film locations
Film locations: New York; Los Angeles; Nevada; Italy
The Godfather filming location: the Corleone mansion: 110 Longfellow Road, Emerson Hill, Staten Island
With mafia movies out of fashion and relatively unknown director Francis Ford Coppola at the helm, Paramount was keen to cut costs by updating the film of Mario Puzo's best-seller to the present day and filming on its Hollywood lot.
Even most of the studio filming was done on the east coast, at New Yorkís Filmways Studios, 246 East 127th Street, East Harlem at Second Avenue. The studio has since closed down, and is now a huge supermarket called Foodways.
The wedding scene, at the Corleone compound on ëLong Islandí, did film on an island over the water from New York ñ not on Long Island, but Staten Island. The outdoor festivities were staged in the garden of 120 Longfellow Road, in the affluent neighbourhood of Emerson Hill. The Corleone Mansion itself is next door at 110 Longfellow Road.
The Staten Island Rapid Transit Railway will take you from St George Station, four stops to Grasmere. From here, itís about a half hourís walk north to Longfellow Road, a leafy cul-de-sac running east from Ocean Terrace. Numbers 110 and 120 are the last houses at the end of the road.
The Godfather filming location: 'Woltz International Pictures': the Paramount lot, Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
The bar, where Sollozzo meets up with Luca Brasi, is the Edison Hotel, 228 West 47th Street. Youíll recognise the slightly redecorated corridor with its circular mirrors as the lobby of mobster Nick Valentiís penthouse in Woody Allenís But When Don Corleone sends his consigliore, Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall), to Hollywood, to make the studio head the infamous ëoffer he canít refuseí, thereís a great newsreel shot of the old Hollywood, with Hollywood United Methodist Church on Highland Avenue (featured in movies as far back as George Cukorís 1932 What Price Hollywood?) and Graumanís Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard still recognisable from the days before the area became swamped by tacky tourist shops and tattoo parlours.
The Paramount lot, 5451 Marathon Street at Bronson Avenue behind Melrose Avenue in Hollywood (the studio lot featured in Billy Wilderís Sunset Blvd) stands in for ëWoltz International Picturesí. After Woltz eventually agrees to meet up with Hagen, itís a rare case of an East Coast residence standing in for Hollywood.
The Godfather filming location: horse's head in the bedroom of Woltz's 'Hollywood' villa: Falaise, Sands Point Preserve, Long Island
The bedroom of Woltzís villa, where the studio boss finds the head of his unfortunate horse, is the living room of Falaise, on Sands Point Preserve, the Guggenheim estate way out at 95 Middleneck Road on Long Island. You can see the room if you visit the Preserve, which also houses mansions seen in Scent Of A Woman, in the summer months. Itís about four miles north of Point Washington (thereís a cab firm near the station), on the Long Island Railroad from New Yorkís Pennsylvania Station, Seventh Avenue.
The exterior of Woltzís mansion, seen also as Whitney Houstonís estate in The Bodyguard, really is Los Angeles. Itís the enormous Beverly Hills estate at 1011 North Beverly Drive. Built in the 1920s, and once owned by William Randolph Hearst (the newspaper magnate on whom the Orson Welles classic Citizen Kane was based), it was put on the market in 2007 for $165 million.
Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) and Kay (Diane Keaton) are staying at the grand St Regis Hotel, now the St Regis, 2 East 55th Street on the corner of Fifth Avenue. Nearby stood Best & Co, the New York department store where the pair do their Christmas shopping, on Fifth Avenue between 51st and 52nd Streets in the fashionable stretch of ëLadiesí Mileí. Although already closed, the store briefly blazed back to life for filming before being demolished.
Sadly, the model-train heaven, Polkís Hobby Shop, which stood at 314 Fifth Avenue near 31st Street, is also gone. This is where Tom Hagen stocks up on presents when Sollozzoís men invite him for a car ride. It has now been replaced by a pizza joint.
The Godfather filming location: Luca Brasi goes to meet Sollozzo: Edison Hotel, West 47th Street, New York
The bar, where Sollozzo meets up with Luca Brasi, is the Edison Hotel, 228 West 47th Street. Youíll recognise the slightly redecorated corridor with its circular mirrors as the lobby of mobster Nick Valentiís penthouse in Woody Allenís Bullets Over Broadway. Itís inside what is now Sophiaís Restaurant, the Edisonís coffee shop, that Brasi is pinned down to the counter and garrotted.
The ëGenco Olive Oilí premises, supposedly on Mulberry Street, outside which the Don is gunned down, was the Mietz Building, 128 Mott Street, a then-unchanged area between Little Italy and Chinatown. The relentless encroachment of Chinatown into Little Italy means that the building has since been gutted and has become a Chinese market, though the ëMietzí name is still visible on the frontage. The art deco entrance was created especially for the movie.
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- Marlon Brando
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- James Caan
- Diane Keaton
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- Talia Shire
- Robert Duvall
- John Cazale
- Franco Citti
visit the film locations
New York: Flights: JFK Airport
New York: Accommodation: stay in luxury, like Michael and Kay, at the St Regis, 2 East 55th Street (tel: 212/767.0525) on the corner of Fifth Avenue or, more modestly, the Edison Hotel, 228 West 47th Street near Times Square
Visit: Sands Point Preserve, the Guggenheim estate, 95 Middleneck Road on Long Island
Staten Island: Take the Staten Island Ferry from Battery Park to St George. The Staten Island Rapid Transit Railway will take you from St George Station, four stops to Grasmere. From here, itís about a half hourís walk north to Longfellow Road, a leafy cul-de-sac running east from Ocean Terrace. Numbers 110 and 120 are the last houses at the end of the road. PLEASE NOTE: these are private residences.
Continue on to Pleasant Plains(about an hour's ride) to visit Mission of the Immaculate Virgin, Hylan Boulevard, Mount Loretto, down in the southwest corner of the island.
Taormina: Getting there: International Airport of Catania (CTA), 50 km from Taormina
Most guide books identify the Corleone compound neighbourhood on Staten Island as Todt Hill – which translates melodramatically as ‘Death Hill’ – but Todt Hill is actually nearby.