1972 in film

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List of years in film (table)
  • 1969
  • 1970
  • 1971
  • 1972
  • 1973
  • 1974
  • 1975
  • In home video
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    1972
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    1974
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    In television
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    1975

    The year 1972 in film involved several significant cinematic events including the release of Francis Ford Coppola's Academy Award-winning film, The Godfather.

    Highest-grossing films (U.S.)[edit]

    The top ten 1972 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

    Highest-grossing films of 1972
    Rank Title Studio Domestic gross
    1. The Godfather Paramount Pictures $133,698,921[1]
    2. The Poseidon Adventure 20th Century Fox $93,300,000[2]
    3. What's Up, Doc? Warner Bros. $66,000,000[3]
    4. Behind the Green Door Mitchell Brothers Film Group $50,000,000[4]
    5. Deliverance Warner Bros. $46,122,355[5]
    6. Cabaret Allied Artists Pictures $42,765,000[6]
    7. The Getaway National General Pictures $36,734,619[7]
    8. Fritz the Cat Cinemation Industries $25,000,000[8]
    9. The Legend of Boggy Creek Howco International Pictures $20,000,000[9]
    10. Jeremiah Johnson Warner Bros. $19,693,786[10]

    Awards[edit]

    Academy Awards:

    Best Picture: The Godfather – Albert S. Ruddy, Paramount
    Best Director : Bob FosseCabaret
    Best Actor: Marlon BrandoThe Godfather (declined)
    Best Actress: Liza MinnelliCabaret
    Best Supporting Actor; Joel GreyCabaret
    Best Supporting Actress : Eileen HeckartButterflies 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 BrandoThe Godfather
    Best Actress: Liv UllmannThe Emigrants
    Musical or comedy:
    Best Picture: Cabaret
    Best Actor: Jack LemmonAvanti!
    Best Actress: Liza MinnelliCabaret
    Other
    Best Director: Francis Ford CoppolaThe 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

    1972 film releases[edit]

    U.S.A. unless stated

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    Notable films released in 1972[edit]

    U.S.A. unless stated

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    Notable deaths[edit]

    Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
    January 1 Maurice Chevalier 83 France Actor, Singer
    8 Wesley Ruggles 82 USA Director, Producer
    17 Rochelle Hudson 55 USA Actress
    18 George Mitchell 66 USA Actor
    19 Richard Fraser 58 Scotland Actor
    22 Alec Coppel 74 Australia Screenwriter
    24 Jerome Cowan 74 USA Actor
    February 2 Jessie Royce Landis 75 USA Actress
    7 Walter Lang 75 USA Director
    19 John Grierson 73 Scotland Director, Producer
    20 Walter Winchell 74 USA Commentator
    March 3 Harold Young 74 USA Director, Editor
    20 Marilyn Maxwell 51 USA Actress
    29 J. Arthur Rank 83 England Executive
    29 Hal Roach Jr. 53 USA Director, Producer
    30 Peter Whitney 55 USA Actor
    April 5 Brian Donlevy 71 Ireland Actor
    5 Isabel Jewell 64 USA Actress
    7 Betty Blythe 78 USA Actress
    13 Dorothy Dalton 78 USA Actress
    20 Jorge Mistral 51 Spain Actor
    25 George Sanders 65 England Actor
    28 Harry Joe Brown 81 USA Producer, Director
    30 Gia Scala 38 England Actor
    May 3 Bruce Cabot 68 USA Actor
    5 Frank Tashlin 59 USA Director
    12 Steve Ihnat 37 Czechoslovakia Actor
    13 Dan Blocker 43 USA Actor
    15 Nigel Green 47 South Africa Actor
    18 Sidney Franklin 79 USA Director, Producer
    21 Margaret Rutherford 80 England Actress
    25 Charles C. Coleman 70 USA Director
    June 17 Jean Brochard 79 France Actor
    17 Gale Henry 79 USA Actress
    20 Sidney Lanfield 74 USA Director
    27 Thomy Bourdelle 81 France Actor
    July 3 Hal Walker 76 USA Director
    6 Brandon deWilde 30 USA Actor
    10 Harmon Jones 61 Canada Director
    19 Sally Benson 74 USA Screenwriter
    28 Helen Traubel 73 USA Actress, Singer
    August 7 Joi Lansing 43 USA Actress
    14 Oscar Levant 65 USA Actor
    24 D. Ross Lederman 77 USA Director
    27 Gaby André 52 France Actress
    September 11 Max Fleischer 89 USA Animator, Director, Producer
    12 William Boyd 77 USA Actor
    17 Akim Tamiroff 72 Russia Actor
    29 Max Nosseck 70 Germany Director
    29 Edward Sloman 86 USA Actor
    30 Edgar G. Ulmer 68 Austria Director
    October 4 Colin Gordon 61 England Actor
    9 Miriam Hopkins 69 USA Actress
    16 Leo G. Carroll 85 England Actor
    22 Jack Melford 73 England Actor
    24 Claire Windsor 80 USA Actor
    28 Mitchell Leisen 74 USA Director
    November 5 Reginald Owen 85 England Actor
    16 Vera Karalli 83 Russia Actress
    23 Marie Wilson 56 USA Actress
    30 William P. S. Earle 89 USA Director
    December 6 Janet Munro 38 England Actress
    9 William Dieterle 79 Germany Director
    9 Louella Parsons 91 USA Columnist, Screenwriter
    15 Edward Earle 90 Canada Actor
    19 Jacques Deval 77 France Director, Screenwriter

    Film debuts[edit]

    Notes[edit]

    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. ^ "Cabaret, Worldwide Box Office". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
    7. ^ "The Getaway, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
    8. ^ "Fritz the Cat, Worldwide Box Office". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
    9. ^ "The Legend of Boggy Creek, Worldwide Box Office". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved January 30, 2012. 
    10. ^ "Jeremiah Johnson, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 21, 2012.  Total gross $44,693,786
      Klady, Leonard (November 11, 1996). "Revival of the fittest a Hollywood tradition". Variety. p. 75. Reissue additional $25 million B.O.