The Godfather (1972 vs 2021) All Cast: Then and Now You`ll see how actors of the movie The Godfather have changed. You`ll know their original names and age. I will show you how they looked then, in 1972, and what`s with them now, in 2021. The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film. The film stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, and Diane Keaton. It is the first installment in The Godfather trilogy. The story, spanning from 1945 to 1955, chronicles the Corleone family under patriarch Vito Corleone (Brando), focusing on the transformation of his youngest son, Michael Corleone (Pacino), from reluctant family outsider to ruthless mafia boss.