In The Godfather Part II, Sonny introduces Michael to Carlo. He tells Carlo they call Mike "Giogali".

Who is "Giogali"?

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    Did you try turning on subtitles? That's what I do when I can't clearly make out a line or word in dialog. Usually the subs have something sensible that you can confirm once you have that interpretation of the sound in your mind. Oct 8, 2019 at 15:32

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You misheard

The actual quote is:

We call him Joe College.

This is because Michael is the more educated brother and attended Dartmouth College before enlisting in the Marines. It's something of a put-down by Sonny as though Michael is different from the rest of the family.

An earlier version of the script (which had to be revised when Brando wasn't available) has a slightly different wording but the scene is essentially the same:

    Hey, who knows my buddy Carlo Rizzi.
    Here... my brother Fredo, here's my
    Mom.  Mom, whatcha got cooking?
    And Carlo, this is my kid sister
    Connie.  Here, pull up a chair,
    Carol is sitting next to Connie.
    Oh, the droopy kid over there is
    Mike.  **The college boy.**
  • In 2 different data bases of movie scripts, one says, " Joe College", another says, "Joe Collars". But listen carefully to the dialogue (you can do this on YouTube). I read once of an Italian mathematician named Giogali. I can't find any more on him. Anyway, like I said, crank the volume and listen to what Sonny actually says. And thanks for responding. Oct 8, 2019 at 17:44
  • I know the second source you are referring to and it;s occasionally useful but unreliable....the 1973 script has a slightly different version where Michael is referred to as "the college boy"...presumably this was changed in a later when they couldn't get Brando You can read the script here - awesomefilm.com/script/godfather2.html
    – Paulie_D
    Oct 8, 2019 at 18:28

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