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In the past I interpreted this as Michael saying the rebels could win because they had a cause they believed in, where Batista's soldiers were just mercenaries doing a job- is that anything close to what the filmmakers intended? Exactly This is precisely the point Michael is making. People willing to die for a cause (especially freedom as they saw it) are ...


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This scene, which does not exist in the base novel, is a movie expository construction to introduce us, the audience, to Vito learning the ways of the crime world and the difference between a "crime boss" who takes from everyone and one who protects his community. Vito's whole ethos is to give people their "innocent" pleasures which are ...


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I think he has already been suspicious. He called Fredo to Havana. He could've asked anyone else loyal to him to bring the money. I don't think any soldier would risk stealing from Michael. He wanted Fredo to come in order to find out whether Fredo knows that sicilian messenger-boy :) Ola or Roth. Now watch the scene where Michael and Fredo order drinks ...


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The script doesn't give enough evidence to make a definitive pronunciation on the matter, even though it seems largely intuitive that Connie would have known for the reasons already enunciated: the scene doesn't appear to be written to inspire trust in her words. Besides, throughout the whole series characters talk out of both sides of their mouths, so any ...


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You must recall that the historical events in The Godfather 2 are an expansion of very brief details provided in the original novel. There is no great backstory to the relationship between Genco and Vito provided other than Genco was Vito best friend. Even the theatre scene is made up of whole cloth and does not exist in the original novel. It's purpose is ...


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Probably not. Interestingly Cicci's line about it not being a heart attack does not appear in several drafts of the script. 2nd Draft 24th September 1973 PENTANGELI You remember Willy Cicci, don't you, Freddie? We was all together with the old man Clemenza in Brooklyn... before...uh... FREDO We were all upset about that. ...


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I think there are several possibilities, not mutually exclusive. The one that is raised most often here is Michael's hard-heartedness after his transformation is complete by the end of Part II. But I think that's only one part of the puzzle. Remember that "mafioso" literally means "men of honor." Michael has so tightly integrated the code ...


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Just before Mikael says the famous quote easy to find on YouTube, saying "you are not my brother", there are explanations. And Mikael is under trial. And he asks Fredo if he can tell him something about the investigation. And Fredo says that the Senate lawyer Questadt belongs to Roth. It it seems like Mikael feels ...


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