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According to the Godfather Wiki, the attempt on Pentangeli's life was intended to fail. Shortly before the Cuban fiasco, the Senate began hearings on the impact of organized crime. The subcommittee's lawyer, Questadt, was on Roth's payroll, and alerted Roth. Seeing a chance to eliminate Michael from the scene, Roth had the Rosatos try to kill Pentangeli ...


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There are some theories that Hyman Roth told the would-be assassins to say that as part of a larger plan to turn Pentangeli against the Corleones, hence why Tom Hagen says that "Roth played this one beautifully", but this raises more questions about how much of what went down (the random cop walking by, and the shootout that follows) could have been planned ...


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There's another less obvious reason that was left out of the final cut of the film. From Wikipedia: The finished film leaves unclear exactly what about his brother's presence motivated Frank to change his story. The final film only states that Vincenzo is himself a Mafia chieftain in Sicily. An early draft of the film explains that Vincenzo, ...


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Tom, being adopted and of Irish descent, was never allowed to be a "made" member. Very similar to Henry Hill in Goodfella's. This always made Tom feel distant from Michael and Sonny. He knew he could never be a true, full member of the family. As Napoleon pointed out, by this time Michael was becomming paranoid of everyone. Tom was more interested in ...


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In the film, this was never revealed. In the book, Kay is told by Michael Corleone's mother to forget about him, implying that Corleone was already married and would never return to the US. The family in the novel The Godfather is well aware of Michael's actions in Sicily. Since the film leaves out Michael Corleone's revenge against the man who planted the ...


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From what I remember from the Novel, Carlo is in some kind of trouble with the police when he comes across Sonny, who uses his connections to give him some kind of sanctuary, and eventually absolution. It's quite ambiguous what Carlo has done... At this point there are no hostilities towards him, so no reason not to invite him to a party: he's not a Cop, ...


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I always had the impression that Fredo just provided Roth with some extra information in order for Roth's supposed deal with Michael to succeed and for himself to make a good figure, not knowing about Roth's plans against Michael. Maybe he even wanted a bit of a little advantage for himself out of the deal, feeling ignored by the family though being the ...


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This is a question I've been pondering for years and still can't quite come with anything. I don't agree that the policeman was part of the plot to disrupt the murder of Petangeli. It was the cops interference that resulted in the following shoot out leading to multiple deaths. So that just make any sense. The night before, Fredo received a late night call ...


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Take a look here. It is explained as much as it is possible to deduce from movie: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fredo_Corleone Fredo later betrays Michael when approached by Johnny Ola (Dominic Chianese), an agent of rival gangster Hyman Roth (Lee Strasberg), during the negotiation of a business deal between Roth's organization and the Corleone ...


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Ok, I'll give it a first try, but this may not be too complete (and I haven't seen it for quite some time). In fact Tom's role in the family has always been a bit difficult. While he is to some degree a member of the family (and not just the "family", but the real Corleone family core) and has always been a valuable member, he on the other hand has never ...


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In The Godfather 3, a wise and aged Michael Corleone shows a photo of Apollonia to his daughter Mary and his son Anthony saying She was wonderful, beautiful. I loved her. And then she died. My trusted bodyguard planted a bomb in my car. She drove it before I did. The idea behind this conversation was to convince Mary to stop her relationship with ...


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The first question that needs to be answered is who tried to kill Michael. Then, some theories as to who killed the would-be assassinations can be drawn. As we know by the end of the film, Hyman Roth is behind the hit on Michael. There are a few reasons for this, the largest of which is resentment at Michael having killed Moe Greene in Godfather I. To do ...


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Fredo was the Underboss. Number 2. With Michael out of the way, Fredo is the new Don and Roth gets control over the Corleone empire. Fredo is naive and stupid. But, he is a mobster and make no mistake about it, he is very greedy and gets pushed around by everyone - Moe Greene, Sunny, Michael, his alcoholic wife, etc. Fredo was in on the hit. He had to ...



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