The Godfather – Lost in Adaptation

The Dom vs The Don. Channel Awesome’s adaptation critic describes the book accuracy of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather.

About The Dom

Reviewer of games, TV shows and movies. The Dom also likes to look at film adaptations of books and talk about what got lost transitioning from page to screen.


  1. What?! I had no idea that The Godfather was based off a book. O.O Also, I’ve never read the book (of course) and I’ve never seen any of the movies. Yikes, I know I wouldn’t be interested in either though. When you were describing a lot of the book I was like No… O.O and No! O.O. Although, that vagina skit was admittedly hilarious.

  2. Oooooh! I was wondering when we would get around to you doing a episode of “50 Shades of Gray” 😀

    Looking forward to it.

  3. The Dom’s “italian” accent sounds slightly french to me

  4. Looking very nice in your new suit, The Dom. Honestly, it’s a film I’ve never seen either (though I probably will one day) but it’s famous enough that I knew more or less what it’s about before watching your video.
    Sympathies on the upcoming next review, I’ll watch it with you in solidarity. Can I assume it will be a Bring Your Own Bleach event?

  5. There is a reedit of the first two Godfather films called ‘The Godfather Epic’ and it includes the scene with Vito visiting his old assistant, the death of the bodyguard who killed Apollonia, and the film producer’s pedophilia. Sadly though I think it is only available on tape.

  6. Of the people you surveyed how many read the book and saw the movie.

    • IT is in the corner of the scene around the :30 mark.
      Asked: 99
      Movie: 50
      Book: 6

      • I would love it if these told us how much crossover there was. Did every single person who’d read the book also watch the movie? None of them? 4:2?

        I (vaguely) ask that of myself every time, though I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a huge difference between number asked and number had seen / read.

  7. The loose-vagina girl wasn’t *that* sexist, I mean yes by modern standards sexist as hell, but for the time period it wasn’t that bad.

    She takes agency of her own sex live (she is the one to approach and seduce Michael’s brother), and form a happy relationship with him in the constrains that the culture of the time puts on them. Then she moves to Las Vegas and has the openness of mind to change her opinion on her medical issue from “its a curse I have to live with” to “its something completely normal I can get an operation for and in the mean time I’ll have sex doggy style”, which is one of the most enlighten position on cultural issues presented by any character in the book.

    And last but not least it’s not like her plot didn’t contribute in any way to the main plot. Thanks to her meeting the doctor in Las Vegas, the Family has a surgeon they trust enough to operate on Michael to fix his sinus problem he got after being so close to a car explosion.

  8. Mafioso were very misogynistic towards their wives back then.

  9. The King of The World

    It is for everyone, as long as you are mature enough to understand it. Being 13 is just way too early. Anyone over 16 would love it.

  10. I love that ending! A tie-in to more of Puzo’s work, that most people wouldn’t know was Puzo’s work. Plus, you didn’t draw attention to it – you left that for some idiot in the comments.

  11. I need to tell you that you’re hilarious and when I get a damn job I will patronize you. Thanks for the vagina discussion sketch. God be with you in your upcoming ordeal.

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