1972 in film

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The year 1972 in film involved several significant cinematic events including Francis Ford Coppola's Academy award winning film, The Godfather

Events[edit]

The Godfather, Ranked best film/movie of all time was released in 1972

Top grossing films (U.S.)[edit]

Rank Title Studio Actors Gross
1. The Godfather Paramount Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caan $134,966,411[1]
2. The Poseidon Adventure 20th Century Fox Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters $93,300,000[2]
3. What's Up, Doc? Warner Bros. Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Madeline Kahn $66,000,000[3]
4. Behind the Green Door Mitchell Brothers Film Group Marilyn Chambers $50,000,000[4]
5. Deliverance Warner Bros. Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds $46,122,355[5]
6. Deep Throat Gerard Damiano Film Productions Linda Lovelace $45,000,000[6]
7. Jeremiah Johnson Warner Bros. Robert Redford $44,693,786[7]
8. Cabaret Allied Artists Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, Michael York $42,765,000[8]
9. The Getaway National General Pictures Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw $36,734,619[9]
10. Fritz the Cat Cinemation Industries Skip Hinnant, Rosetta LeNoire $25,000,000[10]
11. The Legend of Boggy Creek Howco International Pictures William Stumpp, Chuck Pierce, Jr. $20,000,000[11]
12. Lady Sings the Blues Paramount Diana Ross, Richard Pryor, Billy Dee Williams $19,726,490[12]
13. Everything You Always Wanted to Know... United Artists Woody Allen, Louise Lasser $18,016,290[13]
14. The Valachi Papers Columbia Charles Bronson $17,106,087[14]
15. Sounder 20th Century Fox Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield $16,889,761[15]
16. The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean National General Pictures Paul Newman, Jacqueline Bisset $16,530,578[16]
17. Pete 'n' Tillie Universal Walter Matthau, Carol Burnett $14,999,969[16]
18. Frenzy Universal Jon Finch, Barry Foster $12,600,000[16]
19. Sleuth 20th Century Fox Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine $11,500,000[17]
20. The Heartbreak Kid 20th Century Fox Charles Grodin, Cybill Shepherd $11,200,000[17]
21. Shaft's Big Score! MGM Richard Roundtree $10,000,000[18]
22. Across 110th Street United Artists Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto $10,000,000[16]
23. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes 20th Century Fox Roddy McDowall, Ricardo Montalbán $9,700,000[16]
24. The Cowboys Warner Bros. John Wayne, Bruce Dern, Robert Carradine $7,500,000[16]

Awards[edit]

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: The Godfather - Albert S. Ruddy, Paramount
Best Director : Bob Fosse - Cabaret
Best Actor: Marlon Brando - The Godfather (declined)
Best Actress: Liza Minnelli - Cabaret
Best Supporting Actor; Joel Grey - Cabaret
Best Supporting Actress : Eileen Heckart - Butterflies Are Free
Best Foreign Language Film: The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie), directed by Luis Buñuel, France

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: The Godfather
Best Actor: Marlon Brando - The Godfather
Best Actress: Liv Ullmann - The Emigrants
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: Cabaret
Best Actor: Jack Lemmon - Avanti!
Best Actress: Liza Minnelli - Cabaret
Other
Best Director: Francis Ford Coppola - The Godfather
Best Foreign Language Film (tie): The Emigrants (Utvandrarna), Sweden
Best Foreign Language Film (tie): The New Land (Nybyggarna), Sweden

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

The Working Class Goes to Heaven (La classe operaia va in paradiso), directed by Elio Petri, Italy
The Mattei Affair (Il Caso Mattei), directed by Francesco Rosi, Italy

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

The Canterbury Tales (I Racconti di Canterbury), directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy / France

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Godfather, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Poseidon Adventure, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Worldwide Box Office for What's Up, Doc?". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Behind the Green Door, Worldwide Box Office". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Deliverance, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Deep Throat, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Jeremiah Johnson, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Cabaret, Worldwide Box Office". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Getaway, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Fritz the Cat, Worldwide Box Office". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  11. ^ "The Legend of Boggy Creek, Worldwide Box Office". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Lady Sings the Blues, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  14. ^ "The Valachi Papers, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Sounder, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f "Movies released in 1972". The Numbers. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  17. ^ a b "Big Rental Films of 1973", Variety, 9 January 1974 p 19
  18. ^ "Box Office Information for Shaft's Big Score!". The Numbers. Retrieved January 26, 2012.