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 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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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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In The Godfather, did the horse head work?

If I recall correctly, during the beginning of The Godfather Tom Hagen is sent out to Hollywood to convince a producer to use an actor, when the producer balked, he ended up waking up snuggled up to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Mafia eliminated from script — where would it have been used anyway? [duplicate]

It seems to me that at no point does Vito show himself to be anything other than a businessman (who works outside the law sometimes) -- he did not have to formally join any organization and he dealt ...

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