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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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Did Anthony Corleone play the same song as was played during the wedding scene of Apollonia and Michael?

I have watched both The Godfather and The Godfather part 2 many times but I am watching the third for the first time. I saw when Anthony played a "Authentic Sicilian" song for Michael , it ...
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In the Godfather, where did they drive to with Carlo's feet sticking out of the front window after he was killed?

The Corleone compound did not seem to be that large so it seems that they would have been driving down the street at that point.
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Was there any indication that Connie, in cut scenes or novels, contemplated vengeance upon Michael?

Although it was Fredo who was caught betraying his brother, it was Connie who clearly really hated Michael (although whether she was really justified in this is another question). Two major reasons ...
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Was it not immediately very obvious that Carlo was responsible for Sonny's death?

That Sonny was intercepted on his way to his sister's apartment and a trap had been laid at a toll plaza showed that someone must have known the exact timing of his sister's phone call. Pretty much ...
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Meaning of the cat in the opening scene of Godfather I?

I am aware that the cat was a spur of the moment idea of Coppola who in explains that Coppola had seen the cat running around and handed it to Brando who liked animals ...
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Did the character of the Coreleone family change with Michael at the head?

In the very first several minutes of Godfather I, Vito is disdainful of the mortician's request to have the boys who assaulted his daughter killed -- "That would not be justice; your daughter is ...
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What does Don Corleone Sr. mean when he says,"...all the 'comedy' you're playing with that young girl?"

In The Godfather, Don Vito Corleone is mad with Santino about talking out of turn while he is having a conversation with Sollozo about not wanting to bankroll ("finance") their drug business....
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What is the point of the "take me to America" scene in Godfather?

What is the point of this scene in the first Godfather? It feels very random and i don't even know who is the person who yells "take me to America"
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Would Genco's behavior in the theatre have made his being consigliere unlikely?

Genco is only referred to in GF-1 although in cut scenes he is visited by the family while he is dying. I can understand why this was cut -- there would be later scenes in a hospital with Michael and ...
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Any evidence that Johnny Fontaine discovered what was done of his behalf?

I don't think so in Godfather I and I am not sure he is later mentioned in any film. If it is made clear one way or the other in the book or subsequent books, that would be interesting.
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How did Barzini not know of what was about to come? [duplicate]

One question keeps bothering me. Tessio was a traitor. It is also well seen even before the Don died. It was his crew that was supposed to guard the hospital where Don was lying. Barzini also knew ...
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When did Jewish characters start waving their hands around like that?

In The Godfather (1972), Alex Rocco played Moe Green. The character was Jewish, although the actor was not. Coppola directed The Godfather. He recalled saying: “I’m Italian. I wouldn’t know how to ...
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Is the first scene in Miller's Crossing a parody or homage of the first scene in The Godfather?

In the first scene of the movie The Godfather we see a supplicant ask Vito Corleone (the capo del capo) for a favour. In the first scene of Miller's Crossing we see something similar where a junior ...
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How much time elapses during The Godfather?

The events depicted in The Godfather start in 1946 as we are told early in the movie as Michael has just returned from fighting in the war. But key later events take significant time. Michael spends ...
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Why do Sollozzo and McCluskey still take Michael to Louis Restaurant

Sollozzo and McCluskey arrange to meet Michael Corleone at Loius Restaurant. But they then pick up Michael and drive him there. Surely if they wanted to harm Michael they had the opportunity in the ...
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What is the meaning of Sandra's joke?

During Don Corleone's daughter's wedding, Sonny Corleone whispers to his mistress Lucy Mancini. The camera focuses on Sandrinella "Sandra" Corleone, who indicates to three women that ...
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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 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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