1972 in film

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
RankTitleStudioDomestic gross
1. The Godfather Paramount $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. Cabaret Allied Artists Pictures $42,765,000[6]
7. The Getaway Warner Bros. $36,734,619[7]
8. Fritz the Cat Cinemation Industries $25,000,000[8]
9. The Legend of Boggy Creek Howco International Pictures $20,000,000[9]
10. Jeremiah Johnson Warner Bros. $19,693,786[10]

Awards

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: The GodfatherAlbert S. Ruddy, Paramount
Best Director : Bob FosseCabaret
Best Actor: Marlon BrandoThe Godfather (declined)
Best Actress: Liza MinnelliCabaret
Best Supporting Actor; Joel GreyCabaret
Best Supporting Actress : Eileen HeckartButterflies 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 BrandoThe Godfather
Best Actress: Liv UllmannThe Emigrants
Comedy or Musical:
Best Picture: Cabaret
Best Actor: Jack LemmonAvanti!
Best Actress: Liza MinnelliCabaret
Other
Best Supporting Actor: Joel GreyCabaret
Best Supporting Actress: Shelley WintersThe Poseidon Adventure
Best Director: Francis Ford CoppolaThe 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

United States unless stated

January–March

April–June

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Notable films released in 1972

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Births

Notable deaths

MonthDateNameAgeCountryProfessionNotable films
January 1Maurice Chevalier83FranceActor, Singer
8Wesley Ruggles82USDirector, Producer
17Rochelle Hudson55USActress
18George Mitchell66USActor
19Richard Fraser58ScotlandActor
22Alec Coppel74AustraliaScreenwriter
24Jerome Cowan74USActor
February 2Jessie Royce Landis75USActress
7Walter Lang75USDirector
19John Grierson73ScotlandDirector, Producer
20Walter Winchell74USCommentator
March 3Harold Young74USDirector, Editor
20Marilyn Maxwell51USActress
29J. Arthur Rank83EnglandExecutive
29Hal Roach Jr.53USDirector, Producer
30Peter Whitney55USActor
April 5Brian Donlevy71IrelandActor
5Isabel Jewell64USActress
7Betty Blythe78USActress
13Dorothy Dalton78USActress
20Jorge Mistral51SpainActor
25George Sanders65EnglandActor
28Harry Joe Brown81USProducer, Director
30Gia Scala38EnglandActor
May 3Bruce Cabot68USActor
5Frank Tashlin59USDirector
12Steve Ihnat37CzechoslovakiaActor
13Dan Blocker43USActor
15Nigel Green47South AfricaActor
18Sidney Franklin79USDirector, Producer
21Margaret Rutherford80EnglandActress
25Charles C. Coleman70USDirector
June 17Jean Brochard79FranceActor
17Gale Henry79USActress
20Sidney Lanfield74USDirector
27Thomy Bourdelle81FranceActor
July 3Hal Walker76USDirector
6Brandon deWilde30USActor
10Harmon Jones61CanadaDirector
19Sally Benson74USScreenwriter
28Helen Traubel73USActress, Singer
August 7Joi Lansing43USActress
14Oscar Levant65USActor
24D. Ross Lederman77USDirector
27Gaby André52FranceActress
September 11Max Fleischer89USAnimator, Director, Producer
12William Boyd77USActor
17Akim Tamiroff72RussiaActor
29Max Nosseck70GermanyDirector
29Edward Sloman86USActor
30Edgar G. Ulmer68AustriaDirector
October 4Colin Gordon61EnglandActor
9Miriam Hopkins69USActress
16Leo G. Carroll85EnglandActor
22Jack Melford73EnglandActor
24Claire Windsor80USActor
28Mitchell Leisen74USDirector
November 5Reginald Owen85EnglandActor
16Vera Karalli83RussiaActress
23Marie Wilson56USActress
30William P. S. Earle89USDirector
December 6Janet Munro38EnglandActress
9William Dieterle79GermanyDirector
9Louella Parsons91USColumnist, Screenwriter
15Edward Earle90CanadaActor
19Jacques Deval77FranceDirector, Screenwriter

Film debuts

Notes

    References

    1. "The Godfather, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
    2. "The Poseidon Adventure, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
    3. "Worldwide Box Office for What's Up, Doc?". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
    4. "Behind the Green Door, Worldwide Box Office". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
    5. "Deliverance, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
    6. "Cabaret, Worldwide Box Office". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
    7. "The Getaway, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
    8. "Fritz the Cat, Worldwide Box Office". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
    9. "The Legend of Boggy Creek, Worldwide Box Office". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved January 30, 2012.
    10. "Jeremiah Johnson, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 21, 2012. Total gross $44,693,786
      Klady, Leonard (November 11, 1996). "Revival of the fittest a Hollywood tradition". Variety. p. 75.Reissue additional $25 million B.O.
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