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In The Godfather, Tommasino is shown to be a close and loyal friend of Vito.

  • He helps Vito achieving his vendetta against Don Ciccio, and literally takes a bullet for him.

  • He hides Michael in Sicily after Sollozo and McCluskey hit.

However, as he left Sicily as a young child and returns there for the first time as an adult to perform his vendetta, I wonder how did he built a strong and loyal relationship with Tommasino?

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It's not stated explicitly in the movie and the novel merely refers to Vito performing a great service for Don Tommasino

Michael had been transported from the ship docked at Palermo to the interior of the Sicilian island, to the very heart of a province controlled by the Mafia, where the local capo-mafioso was greatly indebted to his father for some past service.

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The capo-mafioso was a man in his late fifties named Don Tommasino

The Godfather - Mario Puzo

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