Edge: Nicholson, though both directors ... more belong in the pantheon
Pacino: British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) win, Golden Globe
Nicholson: BAFTA, Globes and New York Film Critics wins
Pop culture impact
Pacino: Movie's influence bigger than U.S. Steel.
Nicholson: Didn't manage to bring back Fedoras. Nose bandage a precursor to
Breathe Right strips?
Edge: Forget it, Jack. It's "The Godfather."
Pacino: Stars in "Dog Day Afternoon" next, completing incredible run
("Serpico," the two "Godfather" movies).
Nicholson: Leading-man status thoroughly established. Wins Oscar the
following year for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
The match: Pacino lands a tremendous blow early, cutting Nicholson's nose.
Blood spurts everywhere. Spectators react in horror, disqualify both and award
the belt to Art Carney for "Harry and Tonto." Pacino immediately contacts the
actor who plays Corleone capo Rocco Lampone to exact revenge.