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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why did Sonny trust Carlo enough to introduce him to the family and then sour on him?

In The Godfather I, Carlo is seen as an abuser of his wife Connie, and my general feeling is that he's somewhat of an outsider who wants desperately to get involved in the Corleone "family business". ...
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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 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 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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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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The sign outside Vito Corleone's house

In The Godfather, Part II, it is shown that Vito Corleone's olive oil business is called "Genco Import Co." However, near the end of The Godfather, there is a sign outside his house as the family is ...
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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 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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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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The planned assassination of Don Corleone

In The Godfather, Sollozzo and the Tattaglia's attempt to assassinate Don Corleone. He is shot several times in the back but survives. An hour before the assassination Sollozzo picks up Tom Hagen. He ...
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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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How were Sonny and Don Corleone at odds?

During The Godfather (1972) Sollozzo and the Corleone's have a meeting, in which Sollozzo asks Don Corleone to partner with him in the drug trade. At one point, Sollozzo says something about ...
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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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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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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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What is the song in the hospital scene in The Godfather

In the first Godfather movie, when Michael Corleone goes to the hospital to check up on his father, he notices that all the guards are missing. There is a very very trippy song playing in the ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why do the other families not retaliate near the end of The Godfather?

I've just came out from below the rock I've been living under, and as such I watched The Godfather. What a masterpiece! The entire movie made complete sense and I found it extremely well scripted. ...
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