1972 in film

The year 1972 in film involved several significant events.

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

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 Box-office gross rental
1 The Godfather Paramount $81,100,000[1][2]
2 The Poseidon Adventure 20th Century Fox $42,000,000[3]
3 What's Up, Doc? Warner Bros. $28,000,000[4]
4 Deliverance $22,500,000[4]
5 Cabaret Allied Artists Pictures $18,175,000[5]
6 The Getaway Warner Bros. $18,000,000[6]
7 Lady Sings the Blues Paramount $9,666,000[6]
8 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex United Artists $8,828,000[6]
9 Sounder 20th Century Fox $8,726,000[6]
10 The Valachi Papers Columbia $8,382,000[6]

AwardsEdit

Category/Organization 30th Golden Globe Awards
January 28, 1973
26th BAFTA Awards
February 28, 1973
45th Academy Awards
March 27, 1973
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film The Godfather Cabaret The Godfather
Best Director Francis Ford Coppola
The Godfather
Bob Fosse
Cabaret
Best Actor Marlon Brando
The Godfather
Jack Lemmon
Avanti!
Gene Hackman
The Poseidon Adventure
The French Connection
Marlon Brando
The Godfather
Best Actress Liv Ullmann
The Emigrants
Liza Minnelli
Cabaret
Best Supporting Actor Joel Grey
Cabaret
Ben Johnson
The Last Picture Show
Joel Grey
Cabaret
Best Supporting Actress Shelley Winters
The Poseidon Adventure
Cloris Leachman
The Last Picture Show
Eileen Heckart
Butterflies Are Free
Best Screenplay, Adapted Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo
The Godfather
Paddy Chayefsky
The Hospital
Peter Bogdanovich and Larry McMurtry
The Last Picture Show
Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo
The Godfather
Best Screenplay, Original Jeremy Larner
The Candidate
Best Original Score Nino Rota
The Godfather
Charlie Chaplin, Raymond Rasch and Larry Russell
Limelight
Ralph Burns
Cabaret
Best Original Song "Ben"
Ben
N/A "The Morning After"
The Poseidon Adventure
Best Foreign Language Film The Emigrants
The New Land
N/A The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

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 releasesEdit

United States unless stated

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Notable films released in 1972Edit

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

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Frederick, Robert B. (January 3, 1973). "'Godfather': & Rest of Pack". Variety. p. 7.
  2. ^ Wedman, Len (January 24, 1973). "Birth of a Nation classic proves it's still fantastic". The Vancouver Sun. p. 39.
  3. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1973", Variety, 9 January 1974 p 19
  4. ^ a b Finler, Joel Waldo (2003). The Hollywood Story. Wallflower Press. pp. 358–359. ISBN 978-1-903364-66-6.
  5. ^ Annual US Box Office Chart of 1972
  6. ^ a b c d e Top 20 Films of 1972 by Domestic Revenue