The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola about Vito Corleone, the aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transferring control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son, Michael.

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Why does Don Corleone give in so easily in The Godfather?

One of the last acts of Don Corleone as Godfather is to bring back the peace by calling for a meeting of the five families. You can watch the scene here. Corleone makes the case for why narcotics are ...
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Why does Frankie Pentangeli's would be assassin say “Michael Corleone says hello”?

In The Godfather 2, Frankie Pentangeli walks into a bar. A man puts a cord around his neck and says "Michael Corleone says hello". Later on we find out that Roth ordered the hit as Michael confronts ...
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What exactly was the homage to Eisenstein in “The Godfather”?

While answering a previous question, I noticed that "The Godfather" was listed as an example of a movie that paid homage to Eisenstein's "Odessa Steps Sequence" from "Battleship Potemkin", according ...
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The planned assassination of Don Corleone - The Godfather

In The Godfather, Sollozzo and the Tattaglia's attempt to assassinate Don Corleone. He is shot several times in the back but survives. An hour before the assassination Sollozzo picks up Tom Hagen. He ...
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Did anyone back in America know about Michael's marriage to Appolonia in Sicily?

During the course of The Godfather Michael marries Appolonia in Sicily. A failed assasination attempt results in her death. Shortly after, Michael returns to New York and marries Kay Adams. There was ...
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The sign outside Vito Corleone's house

In The Godfather, Part II, it is shown that Vito Corleone's olive oil business is called "Genco Import Co." However, near the end of The Godfather, there is a sign outside his house as the family ...
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Whose portrait hangs on the wall in the movie “The Godfather Part I”?

In the scene where Clemenza and Tessio ask to split off from the Corleones and form their own family, whose portrait can be seen hanging on the wall behind Vito? And why did the director choose the ...
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Shot up car in godfather

In "The Godfather", when Kay visits the compound to track down Micheal, there is a shot up car, which Tom Hagen explains had been in an accident and that no one was injured. This was before Sonny's ...
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Why was the incident involving Sonny so over the top?

In The Godfather, knowing that Sonny was a hothead and would immediately go to Connie's house after Carlo beats her up, he is ambushed at the highway toll booth by (presumably) Tattaglia men. The ...
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How were Sonny and Don Corleone at odds?

During The Godfather Sollozzo and the Corleone's have a meeting, in which Sollozzo asks Don Corleone to partner with him in the drug trade. At one point, Sollozzo says something about guaranteeing ...
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Why do the other families not retaliate near the end of The Godfather?

I've just came out from below the rock I've been living under, and as such I watched The Godfather. What a masterpiece! The entire movie made complete sense and I found it extremely well scripted. ...
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Why wasn't Fredo at Vito Corleone's funeral?

In The Godfather, why isn't Fredo at Vito Corleone's funeral?
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How did Don Corleone know that Barzini was behind Sollozzo?

After Sonny is killed at the toll booth, Don Corleone calls a meeting with the head of the five families. During this meeting he makes peace with Tattaglia who he thought was backing Sollozzo. After ...
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How did Vito know about the betrayal?

In The Godfather, why did Barzini want Michael dead, after the five families had apparently made peace? How did Vito know this? How did he know about the specific way in which it would happen, and how ...
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Sonny and Carlo's relationship in The Godfather?

In The Godfather I, Carlo is seen as an abuser of his wife Connie, and my general feeling (and maybe yours too) is that he's somewhat of an outsider who wants desperately to get involved in the ...
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Assassinations during the christening in The Godfather

In the film Michael has the heads of the other four New York families assassinated. These include Barzini, Tattaglia, Cuneo and Stracci. In the novel, it is only Emilio Barzini and Philip Tattaglia ...
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Did Fredo know he was doomed on the boat?

In The Godfather: Part II Fredo was set to go fishing on Lake Tahoe with one of the Corleone children, but at the last minute he is told the child can't go, and that he will be joined by one of the ...
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Why so much suspicion around Clemenza?

It seems like the family in The Godfather is quite suspicious of Clemenza's motives. Why? Among other examples: From IMDB: In the book, the Corleones have a contact at the phone company that ...
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Why does Michael Corleone need a bodyguard to translate for him when he first met Apollonia's father?

In The Godfather I, when Michael Corleone took refuge in Sicilly, he met Apollonia and then met the inn owner who happened to be Apollonia's father. Michael wanted Apollonia to be his wife and he ...
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English translation of dialogues in The Godfather

Can someone give the English translation of the Italian dialogues between Michael Corleone and Sollozzo?
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Vito and Luca question

Can anyone tell me why Vito would send Luca to Tattaglia's night club under the ruse of being a traitor in The Godfather? The relationship between Vito and Luca must have been well known in the mob ...
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How do Connie and Carlo miraculously end up back together?

In "The Godfather", Sonny beats up Carlo for hitting Connie and is then killed later on. But the next scene involving Connie and Carlo is the baptism. How do Connie and Carlo miraculously end up back ...
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Why did Michael Corleone fail where his father succeeded?

The two parallel arches in the Godfather trilogy follow the stories of Vito and Michael Corleone, the main motivation for both of them being to protect their family. Vito succeeds, while his son, ...
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Is Michael Corleone against his father's business?

In the Wikipedia article about Michael we have: Unlike his two older brothers, Michael shuns the Corleone "family business" In the first movie of The Godfather trilogy, the first talk of Michael ...
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In The Godfather, did the horse head work?

If I recall correctly, during the beginning of The Godfather Tom Hagen is sent out to Hollywood to convince a producer to use an actor, when the producer balked, he ended up waking up snuggled up to ...
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What is the song in the hospital scene in The Godfather

In the first Godfather movie, when Michael Corleone goes to the hospital to check up on his father, he notices that all the guards are missing. There is a very very trippy song playing in the ...
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What kind of box does Sonny close in the “It's not personal, Sonny. It's strictly business.” scene?

In the first Godfather's "It's not personal, Sonny. It's strictly business." scene, Sonny tells Tom Hagen, "Alright. We'll wait," and closes a box. What was in that box?
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Why was Santino ordered to die by Barzini?

Why did Santino get killed in The Godfather? I recently watched the movie and I just don't get it. Why did he get killed by the order of Barzini?
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Don Barzini's Betryal [duplicate]

How did Don Corleone know don Barzini was the mastermind behind everything? Was it just because of the stare he gave while Don Corleone and Don Tattaglia sorted out thier problems?