Show Business: The Godsons

Saturday-night muggings in Times Square are as routine as the traffic, but one recent stickup had a certain piquancy. Two gunmen knocked over a movie theater, shot the manager in the arm and made off with $13,000. The theater happened to be showing The Godfather. A mad publicity stunt? Retribution by the Mafia? More likely it was ironic coincidence—and ill-planned as well. At the rate The Godfather is packing them in, the $13,000 loot would just about account for the weekend popcorn sales.

In its first week of simultaneous release at five theaters in...

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