History Awesome / TheGodfather

13th Sep '17 11:45:21 AM SeptimusHeap
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* The mass assassination of the Commission by [[spoiler:Joey Zaza and Don Abetello]]: almost a SerialEscalation from the infamous Baptism massacre from Part I where a ''helicopter'' is brought in outside the meeting room and [[MoreDakka military firepower]] gets unleashed on the entire Mafia leadership. One critic noted it was "an unholy matrimony" of the ''Godfather'' series to Coppola's other epic work ''ApocalypseNow''.

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* The mass assassination of the Commission by [[spoiler:Joey Zaza and Don Abetello]]: almost a SerialEscalation from the infamous Baptism massacre from Part I where a ''helicopter'' is brought in outside the meeting room and [[MoreDakka military firepower]] gets unleashed on the entire Mafia leadership. One critic noted it was "an unholy matrimony" of the ''Godfather'' series to Coppola's other epic work ''ApocalypseNow''.''Film/ApocalypseNow''.
20th Feb '17 9:39:33 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** The fact that MarlonBrando and RobertDeNiro are the only actors ever to both win acting Oscars for playing the same character is pretty damn impressive as well.

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** The fact that MarlonBrando Creator/MarlonBrando and RobertDeNiro Creator/RobertDeNiro are the only actors ever to both win acting Oscars for playing the same character is pretty damn impressive as well.
1st Dec '16 3:51:55 PM ShorinBJ
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* The Baptism scene: interspersing the church ceremony of Michael becoming a literal godfather to his nephew, Michael has his troops [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill wipe out the heads of all the Five Families]]. Michael's promises to renounce "the Devil" and "his works" underscore the grisly scenes of the bodies piling up.

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* The Baptism scene: interspersing the church ceremony of Michael becoming a literal godfather to his nephew, Michael has his troops [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill wipe out the other heads of all the Five Families]]. Michael's promises to renounce "the Devil" and "his works" underscore the grisly scenes of the bodies piling up.



* The last 15 minutes or so of ''Film/TheGodfather'' are pure awesome for Michael Corleone. While he's standing as godfather to his sister's baby, Michael calmly says yes while, at the exact same moment, his men all over the city and the country are pulling off a series of assassinations on every opposing mob leader or power broker that stand in his way. ''Then'' he goes up to his brother-in-law Carlo, whose baby he was just named godfather for, and tells him that he knows that Carlo was involved in the death of Michael's older brother and a conspiracy against Michael's family. He pretends he's [[PutOnABus putting Carlo on a bus]], but actually sends him off to be killed. And ''then'' he calmly denies it when his hysterical sister accuses him of doing this and uses every ounce of his wife's trust to tell her a stone cold lie and make her believe he had nothing to do with it, if only briefly. MagnificentBastard.

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* The last 15 minutes or so of ''Film/TheGodfather'' are pure awesome for Michael Corleone. The Corleone Family is at its lowest moment; Sonny and Michael's first wife murdered, Vito almost murdered, the Family forced to accept a truce with the people who did it, and their rivals moving in on their business interests. While he's standing as godfather to his sister's baby, Michael calmly says yes while, at the exact same moment, his men all over the city and the country are pulling off a series of assassinations on every opposing mob leader or power broker that stand in his way.way, reestablishing the Corleones as the most powerful crime family in the nation and sending the message that Michael is even more cunning and ruthless than his father. ''Then'' he goes up to his brother-in-law Carlo, whose baby he was just named godfather for, and tells him that he knows that Carlo was involved in the death of Michael's older brother and a conspiracy against Michael's family. He pretends he's [[PutOnABus putting Carlo on a bus]], but actually sends him off to be killed. And ''then'' he calmly denies it when his hysterical sister accuses him of doing this and uses every ounce of his wife's trust to tell her a stone cold lie and make her believe he had nothing to do with it, if only briefly. MagnificentBastard.
31st Oct '16 2:57:35 PM TrollBrutal
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* Despite being used to punctuate a tragic ending, "Cavalleria Rusticana" is a piece so powerful that at times it raises about the drama.
31st Aug '16 9:11:52 PM mlsmithca
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** Considering that the second film is often cited as ''[[EvenBetterSequel SUPERIOR]]'', it also counts.

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** Considering that the second film is often cited as ''[[EvenBetterSequel SUPERIOR]]'', superior]]'', it also counts.






** Clemenza's recipe for spaghetti sauce and meatballs has been tried in Real Life and deemed [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome pretty damn good]].

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** Clemenza's recipe for spaghetti sauce and meatballs has been tried in Real Life and deemed [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome pretty damn good]].



** [[{{Badass}} Given Michael's military background and experience]], [[FridgeBrilliance it makes perfect sense that he was able to keep it together]].
*** Remember that Enzo '''also''' was a soldier. He was in the Italian army who got captured and sent to America to help the war effort. He must have experienced combat as well but still wasn't as calm as Michael.
*** So its a double moment of Awesome for the both of them- Michael was able to do it with nerves of steels, and Enzo kept on even though he was scared out of his wits.

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** [[{{Badass}} Given Michael's military background and experience]], experience, [[FridgeBrilliance it makes perfect sense that he was able to keep it together]].
*** ** Remember that Enzo '''also''' was a soldier. He was in the Italian army who and got captured and sent to America to help the war effort. He must have experienced combat as well but still wasn't as calm as Michael.
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Michael. So its it's a double moment of Awesome for the both of them- them - Michael was able to do it with nerves of steels, steel, and Enzo kept on even though he was scared out of his wits.



** Try the veal. It's the best in the city.
* The murders of Solozzo and Captain [=McKluskey=] by Michael, sending the formerly squeaky clean war hero down the same criminal path as the rest of his family. It was such a Crowning Moment that it convinced Paramount, who had been looking for any reason to fire Francis Ford Coppola (and Al Pacino) and get another director, that he might actually know what he was doing.

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** Try -->"Try the veal. It's the best in the city.
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* The murders of Solozzo and Captain [=McKluskey=] [=McCluskey=] by Michael, sending the formerly squeaky clean war hero down the same criminal path as the rest of his family. It was such a Crowning Moment that it convinced Paramount, who had been looking for any reason to fire Francis Ford Coppola (and Al Pacino) and get another director, that he might actually know what he was doing.



** Tom Hagen gets an understated moment shortly before that. Woltz, explaining ''why'' he doesn't want Johnny Fontaine in his new film, breaks down into a violent rant and angrily demands Tom get out. Hagen calmly sets down his utensils, stands up, and quietly thanks Woltz for the pleasant tour of his home (which it had been, up until that point), and says his farewells without once losing his cool. Even before the scene with [[spoiler:the horse]], you know he's gotten the upper hand.

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** * Tom Hagen gets an understated moment shortly before that. Woltz, explaining ''why'' he doesn't want Johnny Fontaine in his new film, breaks down into a violent rant and angrily demands Tom get out. Hagen calmly sets down his utensils, stands up, and quietly thanks Woltz for the pleasant tour of his home (which it had been, up until that point), and says his farewells without once losing his cool. Even before the scene with [[spoiler:the horse]], you know he's gotten the upper hand.






** Followed up by Michael's confrontation with Fredo back in Nevada after they fled from Cuba. With Fredo expressing all of the [[WhatTheHellHero rage and frustration]] of being passed over and belittled by his little brother. For John Cazale, this is his finest moment as an actor.
-->''Taken care of me?! You're my kid brother, and you take care of me?! Did you ever think about that? Huh? '''Did you ever once think about that?!''' Send Fredo off to do this, send Fredo off to do that! Let Fredo take care of some Mickey Mouse nightclub somewhere! Send Fredo to pick somebody up at the airport! I'm your older brother, Mike, and I was stepped over!''

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** Followed up by * Michael's confrontation with Fredo back in Nevada after they fled from Cuba. With Fredo expressing all of the [[WhatTheHellHero rage and frustration]] of being passed over and belittled by his little brother. For John Cazale, this is his finest moment as an actor.
-->''Taken -->Taken care of me?! You're my kid brother, and you take care of me?! Did you ever think about that? Huh? '''Did you ever once think about that?!''' Send Fredo off to do this, send Fredo off to do that! Let Fredo take care of some Mickey Mouse nightclub somewhere! Send Fredo to pick somebody up at the airport! I'm your older brother, Mike, and I was stepped over!''over!



-->''"Nothing."''

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-->''"Nothing."''-->"Nothing."



-->''"Michael, we're bigger than US Steel."''

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-->''"Michael, -->"Michael, we're bigger than US Steel."''"






31st Aug '16 7:01:37 PM wittylibrarian
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* The murders of Solozzo and Captain [=McKluskey=] by Michael, sending the formerly squeaky clean war hero down the same criminal path as the rest of his family. It was such a Crowning Moment that it convinced Paramount, who had been looking for any reason to fire Francis Ford Coppola (and Al Pacino) and get another director, that he might actually know what he was doing.



* The murders of Solozzo and Captain [=McKluskey=] by Michael, sending the formerly squeaky clean war hero down the same criminal path as the rest of his family. It was such a CMOA that it convinced Paramount, who had been looking for any reason to fire Francis Ford Coppola (and Al Pacino) and get another director, that he might actually know what he was doing.
24th Jul '16 9:43:24 PM DrOO7
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** Linked to that, the deleted scenes from the ''Saga'' that show Vito tracking down Don Ciccio's mooks and killing them as well.
31st Mar '16 3:16:35 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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*** So its a double moment of Awesome for the both of them- Michael was able to do it with nerves of steels, and Enzo kept on even though he was scared of his wits.

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*** So its a double moment of Awesome for the both of them- Michael was able to do it with nerves of steels, and Enzo kept on even though he was scared out of his wits.
21st Mar '16 11:40:04 AM wittylibrarian
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* Hyman Roth's pep speech to Michael while in Cuba, waiting on their deal with the corrupt government to go through.
-->''"Michael, we're bigger than US Steel."''
25th Feb '16 5:54:04 PM thytruthiswon
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***So its a double moment of Awesome for the both of them- Michael was able to do it with nerves of steels, and Enzo kept on even though he was scared of his wits.
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