Questions tagged [the-godfather]

The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola about Vito Corleone, the aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transferring control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son, Michael.

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What is the meaning of Sandra's joke?

During Don Corleone's daughter wedding, Sonny whispers to mistress Lucy Mancini. Camera focuses on Sandra, who shows to three women that something is growing with her hands and then they laughs, and ...
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After Paulie was shot, how did the police not trace the car back to Clemenza or Rocco?

I'd long been puzzled by the fact that Clemenza and Rocco just left the cadaver behind on an open road after shooting Paulie in The Godfather. But if the Corleones wanted the death of the traitor to ...
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Why did Kay marry Michael, anyway?

Prior to the assassination attempt against Don Vito, Michael’s whole trajectory had been a sort of WASP-ization, a gradual migration towards the “respectable” law-and-order Anglo-American values ...
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Why didn't Tessio reveal Mike's plot to kill Sollozzo and the police officer?

If Tessio was a traitor to the family, why he didn't reveal Michael's plan to kill Sollozzo?
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What happened to the elderly uniformed toll booth collector?

In The Godfather (1972), before Sonny is Killed, was that Toll Collector complicit? Was he an authentic Toll Collector who was corrupted? Or did he pretend to be a uniformed Toll Collector? The movie ...
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“Then they would fear you” — The Godfather

In his conversation with Bonasera, The Godfather tells the undertaker: "then your enemies would become my enemies and then they would fear you..." Is this really something Vito would have ...
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Why did Michael Corleone only kill Carlo in the car?

In The Godfather, Michael Corleone meets with Carlo, and tells him that he would be sent to Las Vegas and kicked out of the family for his involvement with another family. Carlo gets into a car that ...
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How was Carlo's plan supposed to work?

In The Godfather, Carlo beats Connie, apparently knowing that this would cause her to call Sonny, who would drive over in a rage and have to pass through the toll-booth where the assassins would be ...
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Did Carlo ever become Michael's right hand-man in Vegas?

Michael said Carlo would be his right-hand man in Vegas. Did that ever happen?
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Did Clemenza kill the elevator operator

In the baptism/murders sequence at the end of the Godfather, Clemenza is seen firing his shotgun into the elevator car twice, however there were three people in the elevator car- Don Stracci, his ...
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What happened to those who killed Michael's wife? [duplicate]

Did Michael ever get revenge on the guys who killed his wife back in Sicily in The Godfather? I have been unable to locate this on any message boards.
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Is this scene in Luke Cage a Godfather homage/reference?

There is a brief shot in the final episode of Luke Cage Season 2 where Luke has taken over Harlem's Paradise and Misty Knight looks back at him. It immediately struck me that this shot was remarkably ...
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Did the Tattaglias know Luca Brasi was a spy?

As far as I understand from The Godfather, Luca Brasi's loyalty wasn't known outside the Corleone family, and the exchange before he was murdered was pretty fast. The only thing I noticed is that Luca ...
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Why did Virgil Sollozzo try to fool Micheal by making him think they were going to Jersey?

In The Godfather part 1 where Micheal sets up a meeting with Virgil Sollozzo and the police officer just after the attempted murder on Vito Corleone, when they are on the way to the restaurant the ...
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Where did the word “mafia” appear in Puzo's original screenplay of “The Godfather”?

The New York Times documents that Joseph Columbo pressured producer Al Ruddy to remove all occurrences of "Mafia" and "Casa Nostra" from the movie "The Godfather". An article on knowledgenuts.com ...
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In the Godfather, did Paulie and Carlo actually join the conspiracies for which they are killed?

In the Godfather, the Corleone family kill two of their own. Sonny kills Paulie for his role in the hit on Vito. And Michael kills Carlo for his role in the hit on Sonny. At the factual level, are ...
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Why did Michael wait and sit before killing Sollozzo and McCluskey?

In the Godfather, when the Corleone family plans to kill Sollozzo and McCluskey, Michael receives the instructions, from Clemenza: Then when you come back, you come out blasting... And don't take ...
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Why were there no English subtitles provided during the conversation between Michael and Sollozzo?

In The Godfather, there is an important scene in an Italian Restaurant with dialogue between Michael Corleone and Virgil Sollozzo. There is dialogue spoken in Sicilian (according to the script) that ...
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Fredo's slip-up in Godfather Part II seems too…easy

When Fredo arrives in Cuba, Michael fills him in on what's happening and drops Johnny Ola and Hiram Roth's names. Fredo says he doesn't know them, and that night when Michael introduces him to ...
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Did Michael (in Godfather) detest the Crime or only the image that it projected of his family?

From the introduction in The Godfather till the end of Godfather 3, Michael Corleone is seen trying to distance himself from the illegal crime business and the criminal background. But I am not very ...
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Why was Luca Brasi's life essentially wasted in The Godfather? [duplicate]

I haven't read the novel, I am just basing the question off of what I saw in the movie. Don Corleone orders Luca Brasi, one of his most trusted muscle men, to infiltrate the ranks of a rival family ...
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What did the Corleone family gain from doing favors for Johnny Fontane?

In The Godfather Part 1 (I haven't seen Parts 2 or 3 yet, if they're relevant) it's seen that The Corleone family does a lot of "favors" for Johnny Fontane - as was explained early on in the film - ...
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What did Michael Corleone's look mean?

In The Godfather, During the scene when Michael and the baker are out in front of the hospital after the car leaves, the baker lights a cigarette and Michael looks at the lighter for a bit and has a ...
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Godfather Saga vs Godfather Theatrical Release: Genco

In the original movie, we see Genco in a scene talking to Vito about the actress who is his girlfriend and later, backstage, we watch him quietly leave as the girl is threatened even though Vito seems ...
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Did Michael Corleone ever get revenge against those who killed his wife?

Did Michael Corleone ever get revenge against those who killed his wife? I just watched the 3 Godfather movies again and I was not able to figure out who made the attempt on his life and in the ...
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How Don Tommasino and Don Corleone know each other?

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 ...
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Why does Moe Greene speak with a strange voice?

In The Godfather, why is Moe Greene's line "I talked to Barzini" given in such as strange voice? I've heard it was dubbed, but why would it be?
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Why did Michael fire Tom Hagen as Consigliere?

Tom Hagen from The Godfather was absolutely loyal. He never had done something which was not in the family interest. He never orchestrated any coup. He might not be so foresighted as Genco but was it ...
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Why did Vito Corleone become mafia?

In the book The Godfather I read that Vito Corleone became mafia because the society couldn't protect, that we have to act to protect ourselves. But somehow I didn't get it. Why did he become mafia, ...
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Why do the Tattaglias inform the Corleones about Luca's death?

At this moment in The Godfather, the Corleone family is weakened by the missed hit on the Don and the fact that Luca is missing and they are trying to find him is another issue that could stack on ...
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How did they put the horse head into Woltz's bed?

Can someone explain to me how they got the horse's head into Woltz's bed? This is not so much, how did they do it without him knowing (as there is always that possibility that he was a heavy sleeper),...
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What does the Piano scene mean in the Godfather?

After Michael hits McCluskey and Solozzo and flees to Sicily, we can see a short montage scene that features a sad piano song and newspapers relating investigations, mobsters killed (thanks to the ...
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Were oranges an intentional use of symbolism by filmmakers?

There is a lot of speculation surrounding the potential symbolism of oranges in The Godfather. The primary interpretation being that whenever an orange is shown, there is impending doom on either the ...
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Why is Paulie so easily suspected?

Every time I watch The Godfather I feel a little bad for Paulie. He is quickly suspected of treachery, just for being sick the day of Vito Corleone's failed attempted murder. The result of not being ...
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What were Tessio's intentions when he is surrounded by bodyguards?

In The Godfather, when Tessio learns his fate, he says : Tell Mike it was only business... I always liked him. Then a bodyguard reaches his jacket pocket to take Tessio's gun. It looks like ...
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What was the meaning of Vito Corleone giving Carlo a “living”?

In the opening scenes of The Godfather during Connie's wedding to Carlo, Tom Hagen has a discussion with Vito Corleone regarding his new son-in-law: Tom: Do we give your son-in-law something ...
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Did Vito Corleone know that Carlo was also involved in Santino's murder?

After Micheal becomes head of the Family in The Godfather, right after Tom was removed from consigliere, Micheal says that Carlo would be the right hand man in his business in Nevada. Vito also says ...
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Did Sollozzo's plan make any sense?

I guess the idea behind Sollozzo's plan in The Godfather was that Sonny would become the leader and then go into business with him. But two big flaws: Sonny clearly wasn't going to do so and the other ...
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In Godfather I and/or The Godfather Saga, who played the child star of Woltz?

In the book and Saga it is made clear that Woltz is molesting his juvenile star named "Janie." We see her in two scenes: Right before Hagen meets Woltz for the first time, they are having a party for ...
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Why wasn't Michael arrested after returning from Sicily?

Micheal Corleone has assassinated Sollozzo and Police Captain McCluskey at a public place in front of several witnesses. After that, he ran away to Sicily for a long time. During this period, police ...
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Why did Sollozzo risk it?

In The Godfather during the Sollozzo negotiation dinner, Michael wanted some place with people so that he could feel safe, but later he himself shoots and kills both Sollozzo and McCluskey. So why ...
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Tom Hagen's role after Vito Corleone stepped down as Godfather

We all saw that after Vito Corleone stepped down as Godfather, Micheal turned Tom out as consigliere, but I see Tom is still active as Corleone family adviser, so what difference came after Vito in ...
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Why does Sollozzo frisk Michael before Michael retires to the restroom rather than after he returns to the table?

In The Godfather, at the negotiation dinner that Sollozzo has with Michael, when Michael says he has to go to the restroom, Sollozzo does not let him go till he frisks Michael once again, despite the ...
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The Godfather: 2001 vs 2008 edition

What are the differences between both editions except for the colors? Any difference in scenes (additional/removed/replaced scenes)? IMDb says 175 minutes, the Blu-ray info says 177.. So, are there ...
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Why did Michael Corleone fail where his father succeeded?

The two parallel arches in the Godfather trilogy follow the stories of Vito and Michael Corleone, the main motivation for both of them being to protect their family. Vito succeeds, while his son, ...
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What kind of box does Sonny close in the “It's not personal, Sonny. It's strictly business.” scene?

In the first Godfather's "It's not personal, Sonny. It's strictly business." scene, Sonny tells Tom Hagen, "Alright. We'll wait," and closes a box. What was in that box?
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Why was Santino ordered to die by Barzini?

Why did Santino get killed in The Godfather? I recently watched the movie and I just don't get it. Why did he get killed by the order of Barzini?
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Is Michael Corleone against his father's business?

In the Wikipedia article about Michael we have: Unlike his two older brothers, Michael shuns the Corleone "family business" In the first movie of The Godfather trilogy, the first talk of Michael ...
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Why does Michael Corleone need a bodyguard to translate for him when he first met Apollonia's father?

In The Godfather I, when Michael Corleone took refuge in Sicilly, he met Apollonia and then met the inn owner who happened to be Apollonia's father. Michael wanted Apollonia to be his wife and he ...
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Why was the incident involving Sonny so over the top?

In The Godfather, knowing that Sonny was a hothead and would immediately go to Connie's house after Carlo beats her up, he is ambushed at the highway toll booth by (presumably) Tattaglia men. The ...