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See The Odessa Steps and Its Descendants on YouTube: The relevant scene shows part of the assassination of the heads of the five families, which occurs in the movie near the very end while Michael is at the baptism ceremony.Two relevant images are the steps themselves as a location for death, and the close-up of a ravaged eye (and a pair of shattered ...


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My interpretation would be yes, it was a key factor and the assassination attempt would not have taken place if Sonny had not tipped Sollozzo off to the difference in opinion between himself and the Don. By doing so, Sonny effectively showed Sollozzo that the Don was all that was standing in the way of his plans, and removing him would clear the way for ...


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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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For Don Corleone, there were certain red lines you don't cross, and poisoning the people of your neighborhood with drugs was one of those red lines. It also didn't help that Sonny spoke up at the meeting the way he did. Essentially, Don Corleone realized that he had no leverage left among the other dons - they knew not only what his position was, but also ...


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Yes, it worked. You may recall that, a couple of scenes later, Vito receives a large bouquet of flowers: Vito: What -- what is this nonsense? Tom: It's from ah Johnny, starring in that new ah film. It isn't spelled out, but since Johnny gives Vito the flowers as a gift and Tom refers to "that new film" rather than "a new film," it is pretty clear that ...


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The movie script was created based on the book. In the book, and also in the movie, it is implied that there was some tension regarding the families and that security was pretty tight. The bullet ridden car implied that there was an assassination attempt on some member of the family. That's mostly Vito Corleone or Sonny. It signaled to the audience and ...


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I believe the appearance of the name "Genco Land Co." is meant to show how the legitimate-business front for the Corleone crime empire has grown from its relatively simple beginning as the olive-oil import company to a diverse web of businesses under the Genco name. So IMHO, the answer is yes: at the time of the move-out depicted above, the Corleone ...


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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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I think this is made clearer in the book than in the movie. Vito Corleone is a very patient and calculating man. He is willing to wait and slowly manipulate things, unlike his angry and rash son Santino. At the time of Santino's (Sonny) death Vito realizes that an all out war is costing him too much (the death of his son). He decides to stop the killing by ...


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Once you watch the subsequent movies it'll start making more sense. The fact of the matter is that the other families had to go through the process of finding new Dons to run the family after the existing ones were killed off. So they couldn't all just retaliate after they found their leaders were dead, it would have been absolute chaos with no order or ...


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Well, at the time of Don Vito Corleone's death by heart failure, Fredo had been sent off to Las Vegas to begin the process of securing the family real estate and business(es) as well as ensuring that local politicians and senior police are either bought, or otherwise neutered. It is the new Godfather's decision that the family should move to Vegas and away ...


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Don Corleone's first priority was his family's safety especially Michaels. By signing peace treaty with others he ensured no one harmed Michael in any way and interfere with his homecoming. But he was never weak as at the same time he warned others that he would not leave anyone who would try to harm his family- "But I'm a superstitious man. And if some ...


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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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I've always thought that it was two things that lead Don Corleone to that realization: As the Don himself puts it: "Tataglia's a pimp. He could never have outfought Santino". Obviously the Don had little respect for Tataglia's abilities as a war time Don. It's also obvious that it was a thought that had bothered him for quite some time. During the meeting, ...


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I think there are a few reasons for this, drawing from both the movies and the books. Firstly, Clemenza was known to be an extremely good caporegime and mentor. A quick check on the Godfather wikipedia points out that FIVE future capos were started in his regime - Sonny, Lampone, Pentangeli, Ritchie Nobilio and Joey Zasa. This shows that he has the ability ...


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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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Don Corleone wanted nothing to do with the drug trade. As is apparent from this meeting. When Sonny spoke up to Sollozzo and says, "Now wait a minute. You're telling me you can guarantee...?" The way Sonny delivered the line and his actions while doing clearly indicate that Sonny (and maybe the Corleones) are interested in the proposal, seeing as he ...


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Well, it's not the first time Carlo has beaten Connie up, and she didn't leave him then. There would have been strong family and cultural pressures not to leave, especially as she was pregnant. Michael would have worked out very quickly that Carlo's attack on Connie must have been part of the set-up to kill Sonny. How else could Sonny be ambushed on a ...


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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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Stacci and Cuneo, while not killed in the book, were aligned with the Barzini and Tattaglia familes against the Corleone family to create the heroine trade: Stracci embraced the scheme of Don Emilio Barzini to unite against the Corleone family and force them into the heroin trade. Wikipedia [The] Cuneo family, along with Stracci, Barzini and ...


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The music playing in that specific scene does not appear to have a specific name, but it is part of the original score composed for the movie by Nino Rota. You can read an analysis of the entire score at this site.


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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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Here is the best I could find : SOLLOZZO: “I’m sorry…” MICHAEL: “Leave it alone.” ( or ) “Forget about it.” SOLLOZZO: “What happened to your father was business. I have much respect for your father. But your father, his thinking is old-fashioned. You must understand why I had to do that.” MICHAEL: “I understand those things…” [Waiter ...


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Although, it is highly unclear who's portrait it is, it resembles to one of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn's (a Dutch painter and etcher from the 17th century) self portraits. It can also be a rework by someone based on Rembrandt's portraits, but that is unclear as well. By the image it looks like it "could" be a self portrait of Rembrandt as he perceived ...


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Vito had his own agenda. Allowing other families to fight over the drug revenues would occupy their resources and weaken their ranks. He got the assurances he sought. He bought Michael the time and opportunity to go after Las Vegas gambling, rackets, prostitution etc. This also afforded the time to see how the other families reacted to the drug ...



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