1972 in film

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The year 1972 in film involved several significant events.

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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
RankTitleStudioBox-office gross rental
1 The Godfather Paramount Pictures $86,300,000 [1]
2 The Poseidon Adventure 20th Century Fox $42,000,000 [1]
3 What's Up, Doc? Warner Bros. Pictures $28,000,000 [1]
4 Deliverance $22,500,000 [1]
5 Jeremiah Johnson $21,900,000 [2]
6 Cabaret Allied Artists Pictures $20,250,000 [2]
7 Deep Throat Bryanston Distributing Company $20,000,000 [2]
8 The Getaway National General Pictures $18,000,000 [2]
9 Lady Sings the Blues Paramount Pictures$9,666,000 [2]
10 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex United Artists $8,828,000 [2]

Awards

Category/Organization 30th Golden Globe Awards
January 28, 1973
26th BAFTA Awards
February 28, 1973
45th Academy Awards
March 27, 1973
DramaMusical 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 Wide-release movies

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Notable films released in 1972

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Notable deaths

MonthDateNameAgeCountryProfessionNotable films
January1 Maurice Chevalier 83FranceActor, Singer
8 Wesley Ruggles 82USDirector, Producer
17 Rochelle Hudson 55USActress
18 George Mitchell 66USActor
19 Richard Fraser 58ScotlandActor
22 Alec Coppel 74AustraliaScreenwriter
24 Jerome Cowan 74USActor
27 Herbert Hübner 82GermanyActor
February2 Jessie Royce Landis 75USActress
7 Walter Lang 75USDirector
19 John Grierson 73ScotlandDirector, Producer
20 Walter Winchell 74USCommentator
March3 Harold Young 74USDirector, Editor
20 Marilyn Maxwell 51USActress
29 J. Arthur Rank 83EnglandExecutive
29 Hal Roach Jr. 53USDirector, Producer
30 Peter Whitney 55USActor
April5 Brian Donlevy 71IrelandActor
5 Isabel Jewell 64USActress
7 Betty Blythe 78USActress
13 Dorothy Dalton 78USActress
20 Jorge Mistral 51SpainActor
25 George Sanders 65EnglandActor
28 Harry Joe Brown 81USProducer, Director
30 Gia Scala 38EnglandActor
May3 Bruce Cabot 68USActor
5 Frank Tashlin 59USDirector
12 Steve Ihnat 37CzechoslovakiaActor
13 Dan Blocker 43USActor
15 Nigel Green 47South AfricaActor
18 Sidney Franklin 79USDirector, Producer
21 Margaret Rutherford 80EnglandActress
25 Charles C. Coleman 70USDirector
June17 Jean Brochard 79FranceActor
17 Gale Henry 79USActress
20 Sidney Lanfield 74USDirector
27 Thomy Bourdelle 81FranceActor
July3 Hal Walker 76USDirector
6 Brandon deWilde 30USActor
10 Harmon Jones 61CanadaDirector
19 Sally Benson 74USScreenwriter
28 Helen Traubel 73USActress, Singer
August7 Joi Lansing 43USActress
14 Oscar Levant 65USActor
24 D. Ross Lederman 77USDirector
27 Gaby André 52FranceActress
September11 Max Fleischer 89USAnimator, Director, Producer
12 William Boyd 77USActor
17 Akim Tamiroff 72RussiaActor
29 Max Nosseck 70GermanyDirector
29 Edward Sloman 86USActor
30 Edgar G. Ulmer 68AustriaDirector
October4 Colin Gordon 61EnglandActor
9 Miriam Hopkins 69USActress
16 Leo G. Carroll 85EnglandActor
22 Jack Melford 73EnglandActor
24 Claire Windsor 80USActor
28 Mitchell Leisen 74USDirector
November5 Reginald Owen 85EnglandActor
16 Vera Karalli 83RussiaActress
23 Marie Wilson 56USActress
30 William P. S. Earle 89USDirector
December6 Janet Munro 38EnglandActress
9 William Dieterle 79GermanyDirector
9 Louella Parsons 91USColumnist, Screenwriter
15 Edward Earle 90CanadaActor
19 Jacques Deval 77FranceDirector, Screenwriter

Film debuts

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Finler, Joel Waldo (2003). The Hollywood Story. Wallflower Press. pp.  358–359. ISBN   978-1-903364-66-6.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Top 20 Films of 1972 by Domestic Revenue
  3. "Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan". hkmdb.com. September 7, 1972. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
  4. 83rd Academy Awards Official Website.