’The Godfather’ Cast Reunites 45 Years Later — Hear Why Pacino Thought it Would Flop

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In 1972, director Francis Ford Coppola made movie audiences an offer they could not refuse: "The Godfather" opened in theaters — and went on to change the face of moviemaking.

In addition to being a worldwide box office sensation, it won three Oscars and make a star out of Al Pacino, all while giving us unforgettable scenes and lines about betrayal and cannolis alike. (And its 1974 sequel, "The Godfather Part II" launched Robert De Niro into the stratosphere.)

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"Today's" Matt Lauer sat down with cast members De Niro, Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall and Talia Shire ahead of a special celebration at the Tribeca Film Festival about the film's legacy — and learned not everyone had 100 percent confidence in its ability to score with audiences.

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