1972 In Film
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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.)

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. Jeremiah Johnson Warner Bros. $44,693,786[6]
7. Cabaret Allied Artists Pictures $42,765,000[7]
8. The Getaway National General Pictures $36,734,619[8]
9. Fritz the Cat Cinemation Industries $25,000,000[9]
10. The Legend of Boggy Creek Howco International Pictures $20,000,000[10]

Awards

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

1972 film releases

U.S.A. unless stated

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Births

Notable deaths

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
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 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
15 Edward Earle 90 Canada Actor
19 Jacques Deval 77 France Director, Screenwriter

Film debuts

Notes

References

  1. ^ "The Godfather, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Poseidon Adventure, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved 2012. 
  3. ^ "Worldwide Box Office for What's Up, Doc?". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved 2012. 
  4. ^ "Behind the Green Door, Worldwide Box Office". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved 2012. 
  5. ^ "Deliverance, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved 2012. 
  6. ^ "Jeremiah Johnson, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved 2012. 
  7. ^ "Cabaret, Worldwide Box Office". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved 2012. 
  8. ^ "The Getaway, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved 2012. 
  9. ^ "Fritz the Cat, Worldwide Box Office". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved 2012. 
  10. ^ "The Legend of Boggy Creek, Worldwide Box Office". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved 2012. 

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