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One of the major themes of "The Godfather 2" is Michael's transition from a kind man to a hardened, business-like criminal. Therefore, his treatment of Fredo by this time is "strictly business". Fredo has to be considered a threat to the Corleones after his betrayal, which is why Michael has him killed. If you are still unconvinced, remember that this kind ...


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You misheard The actual quote is: We call him Joe College. This is because Michael is the more educated brother and attended Dartmouth College before enlisting in the Marines. It's something of a put-down by Sonny as though Michael is different from the rest of the family. An earlier version of the script (which had to be revised when Brando wasn't ...


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According to the Godfather Wiki, the attempt on Pentangeli's life was intended to fail. Shortly before the Cuban fiasco, the Senate began hearings on the impact of organized crime. The subcommittee's lawyer, Questadt, was on Roth's payroll, and alerted Roth. Seeing a chance to eliminate Michael from the scene, Roth had the Rosatos try to kill Pentangeli ...


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The first question that needs to be answered is who tried to kill Michael. Then, some theories as to who killed the would-be assassinations can be drawn. As we know by the end of the film, Hyman Roth is behind the hit on Michael. There are a few reasons for this, the largest of which is resentment at Michael having killed Moe Greene in Godfather I. To do ...


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Fredo inadvertently gave Michael's enemies the information AND action to assassinate Michael. Fredo gave out crucial details about Michael's routines. Someone opened the drapes that allowed a clean shot through Michael's bedroom window. It was only his instinct that allowed him to figure out just in time that the drapes were opened by someone who had no ...


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There's another less obvious reason that was left out of the final cut of the film. From Wikipedia: The finished film leaves unclear exactly what about his brother's presence motivated Frank to change his story. The final film only states that Vincenzo is himself a Mafia chieftain in Sicily. An early draft of the film explains that Vincenzo, ...


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The book actually provides a better explanation than the movie does. Shortly after young Vito Corleone looses his job at Genco due to Fanucci's threats to his boss, Vito witnesses Fanucci being physically attacked by two neighborhood kids. Fanucci calls for help, but to no avail. This is the point where Vito realizes that Fanucci is not untouchable. In ...


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I'll add my two cents. In The Godfather (1972) After Fredo took Moe Greene's side when Michael confronted him about casino and hotel buying out Michael warned Fredo never to take sides against the family: Michael: Freddie, you're my older brother. I love you. But don't ever take sides with anybody against the Family again. Ever. Fredo didn't listen to ...


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Tom, being adopted and of Irish descent, was never allowed to be a "made" member. Very similar to Henry Hill in Goodfella's. This always made Tom feel distant from Michael and Sonny. He knew he could never be a true, full member of the family. As Napoleon pointed out, by this time Michael was becomming paranoid of everyone. Tom was more interested in ...


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The Cuban "entertainer" known as "Superman" was a real individual who appeared in various night clubs and casinos from the late 40s until Castro came to power. Superman, for lack of a better euphemism, was a "live sex performer." He was an incredibly well endowed man, incredibly. Superman was included in that scene in "Godfather II" to show how hedonistic ...


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To avoid retribution for his betrayal of the Corleone family falling on Frankie's children & family. Note...it was Tom who told the story, not Frank. From Wikipedia After the [Senate] hearing, consigliere Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) visits Frank in custody. Hagen tells Frank that he did the right thing by recanting. Tom and Pentangeli talk ...


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There are some theories that Hyman Roth told the would-be assassins to say that as part of a larger plan to turn Pentangeli against the Corleones, hence why Tom Hagen says that "Roth played this one beautifully", but this raises more questions about how much of what went down (the random cop walking by, and the shootout that follows) could have been planned ...


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I always had the impression that Fredo just provided Roth with some extra information in order for Roth's supposed deal with Michael to succeed and for himself to make a good figure, not knowing about Roth's plans against Michael. Maybe he even wanted a bit of a little advantage for himself out of the deal, feeling ignored by the family though being the ...


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Take a look here. It is explained as much as it is possible to deduce the from movie: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fredo_Corleone Fredo later betrays Michael when approached by Johnny Ola (Dominic Chianese), an agent of rival gangster Hyman Roth (Lee Strasberg), during the negotiation of a business deal between Roth's organization and the Corleone ...


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He didn't cut himself, he got some white icing on his finger after messing around with the cake (taking the sparkler off and rearranging it) and he licked it off and then wiped it with his napkin. Source: I watched the scene in HD just now. :) It's definitely white and not blood.


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So did Michael Corleone ever get revenge against those who killed his wife? Yes. There is a deleted scene in The Godfather Part II where Fabrizzio is found...and his involvement with the Barzini family. ...and then another where he is killed. The Barzini's were, of course, disposed of in ...


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From what I remember from the Novel, Carlo is in some kind of trouble with the police when he comes across Sonny, who uses his connections to give him some kind of sanctuary, and eventually absolution. It's quite ambiguous what Carlo has done... At this point there are no hostilities towards him, so no reason not to invite him to a party: he's not a Cop, he'...


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In the film, this was never revealed. In the book, Kay is told by Michael Corleone's mother to forget about him, implying that Corleone was already married and would never return to the US. The family in the novel The Godfather is well aware of Michael's actions in Sicily. Since the film leaves out Michael Corleone's revenge against the man who planted the ...


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First let's rule out who didn't organize and execute the hit attempt and then kill the assassins. Fredo. Fredo is too stupid, inept, weak and cowardly to pull something like this off. Additionally, Fredo actually loved Micheal, though he was filled with resentment towards him over his being passed over as the family boss. It is unlikely that any men whom ...


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TL DR: There are good arguments that he did and didn't know, but I believe he did know for the following reasons: His "Hail Mary" speech to Anthony partly conveyed his feelings of fear His understanding when Anthony was removed from the boat, with a simple, tragic "ah" Mario Puzo, in his novel Godfather Returns (released after the film) suggests he knew. ...


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Great answers here, but I'm going to add a simple, time-tested phrase to them: You're only as strong as your weakest link. Fredo, while good-intentioned, was dim-witted. Michael obviously loved his brother and trusted him, as with the fact that he allowed his children to go fishing with Fredo. He knew Fredo would never intentionally betray him again, but ...


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It's a bribe for President Batista. Michael has delayed paying his portion of the money due to his doubts about the viability of the payment to ensure that the cuban government can stop the rebels. This is made clear a little while later when Fredo brings the money, in cash. Transcript FREDO: Jesus Christ, what a trip -- the whole time I'm thinkin' ...


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Is there more to this in the book that the movie doesn't cover? There is no book. The scenes set after the original Godfather are entirely original and not based on any novel although Puzo co-wrote the movie's screenplay with Coppola. Fredo has always been a weak person and something of a bungler. He's never really been trusted with anything other than ...


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This might be second-hand and I can't find a video, but it seems legit*: On May 1, 2014, Keaton read from her book Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty at the 92nd Street Y community center and answered some questions from the audience. And when the subject came up, she confirmed the slap was real: She loved getting slapped around by Al Pacino in The Godfather....


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The real difference for Tom's temporary "demotion" was that the Corleone family was at war...and Tom was not a wartime consigliere in the opinion of both Vito and Michael. From the Godfather Wikia ( thanks to BCdotWeb for the link). After Michael Corleone became operating head of the Corleone family, he removed Hagen as consigliere on his father's advice,...


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In layman's terms, Vito didn't see Tom Hagen as being ruthless enough. Tom was more "on the level", very diplomatic and knowledgeable of law (being that he was a lawyer). In "wartime", when families are fighting, diplomacy isn't the norm. You need a Consigliere who works under the premise that sometimes you need to be ruthless and call for hits (murders) ...


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The sick child was Fredo but this is only revealed in the subtitles. He was the oldest, so that is pretty clear. No he wasn't. Santino was the oldest, then Fredo and Michael and finally Connie. Just after Vito kills Fanucci we see him and his growing family (pre-Connie) on the stoop. There's no indication that this childhood illness affected Fredo's ...


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This is a question I've been pondering for years and still can't quite come with anything. I don't agree that the policeman was part of the plot to disrupt the murder of Petangeli. It was the cops interference that resulted in the following shoot out leading to multiple deaths. So that just make any sense. The night before, Fredo received a late night call ...


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Fredo was the Underboss. Number 2. With Michael out of the way, Fredo is the new Don and Roth gets control over the Corleone empire. Fredo is naive and stupid. But, he is a mobster and make no mistake about it, he is very greedy and gets pushed around by everyone - Moe Greene, Sunny, Michael, his alcoholic wife, etc. Fredo was in on the hit. He had to ...


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In the original script Hagen says Fredo thought it was going to be just a kidnapping, giving background to why Fredo says "not a hit" in the completed film. From the script here: http://www.imsdb.com/scripts/Godfather-Part-II.html MICHAEL I want you to reach Fredo. I know he's scared, but have one of our people reach him. Assure him that ...


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