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This is a fascinating question because Willie Cicci's character was reportedly based on the real-life mobster Joe Valachi, the first Mafia member to publicly acknowledge the Mafia's existence. In 1963, Valachi testified to the congressional committee about how the mafia actually worked, providing intimate details of its history, operations and aiding in the ...


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I believe the original plan was for a profitable business arrangement. Roth was wealthy, and he and Michael were discussing a deal with the corrupt Cuban government of Fulgencio Batista. Whether Michael would have stayed in Cuba appears to be unknown, but I'd say it's very unlikely. It's far more probable he would return home and reap the rewards of the ...


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Frankie knew during their unplanned meeting in his home that Mike was going to warm up to Roth and he felt betrayed, not so much because of what was said to him in the bar, but because he was savy enough to figure out Mike had made him vulnerable to Roth when the Rosato's tried to kill him. He realized Roth was basically given a green light by Mike when they ...


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There's one other explanation: Hyman Roth could have told the Rosatto brothers that Michael wanted Pentangeli dead and they would be doing him a service by killing him. After all, Michael had told Roth that Pentangeli "was a dead man" because he had supposedly tried to kill him. At that early stage Michael wasn't actually sure who had betrayed him (Roth or ...



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