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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. – Peter Cordes Oct 8 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:

  SONNY
    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. – Terry Wheatley Oct 8 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 at 18:28

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