History Characters / TheGodfather

9th Apr '17 7:15:28 PM AllenbysEyes88
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* BullyingADragon: He tries to extort Michael into paying an exorbitant fee for his gambling license. This proves incredibly unwise.



* NoPartyGiven: Several passages in the script strongly imply he's a Democrat, but these aren't present in the movie.

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* NoPartyGiven: Several passages in the script strongly imply he's a Democrat, Democrat,[[note]]Specifically, there's a throwaway line that names him as being in the same party as another Senator who represents Tammany Hall (New York), which would make both men Democrats. In the earlier drafts of the script, when Michael's story extended in the '60s, it's even more explicit as Geary becomes an advisor to President Kennedy.[[/note]] but these aren't present in the movie.
2nd Apr '17 10:04:19 AM AllenbysEyes88
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* NoPartyGiven: Several passages in the script strongly imply he's a Democrat, but these aren't present in the movie.
29th Mar '17 7:46:13 PM BatmanKalEl
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* [[spoiler:BathSuicide: In ''Part II'', Hagen visits him in prison and talks about this practice in the Roman Empire, hinting that if he does this his family will be spared. [[spoiler:He does, and they are. The camera shot depicting the outcome is a ShoutOut to the painting ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Death_of_Marat The Death of Marat]]'']].

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* [[spoiler:BathSuicide: BathSuicide: In ''Part II'', Hagen visits him in prison and talks about this practice in the Roman Empire, hinting that if he does this his family will be spared. [[spoiler:He does, and they are. The camera shot depicting the outcome is a ShoutOut to the painting ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Death_of_Marat The Death of Marat]]'']].
16th Mar '17 2:38:13 PM MrKosta
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* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler:This is how he dies, courtesy of Michael Corleone.]]
24th Feb '17 11:28:45 AM annette12
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* CallingTheOldManOut: He
* CoolUncle: Ironically, has an outburst of anger against the arrangements made by his father Vito and continued by Michael, who is his kid brother but is to all effects a second father figure; the Godfather.
e is this to Tony and Mary, Michael's kids, especially Tony. In fact, the reason why Anthony eventually resents his father mostly is because [[spoiler:he discovered that Michael ordered the murder of Fredo, his favorite uncle.]]

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* CallingTheOldManOut: He
* CoolUncle: Ironically,
He has an outburst of anger against the arrangements made by his father Vito and continued by Michael, who is his kid brother but is to all effects a second father figure; the Godfather.
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* [[spoiler:MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: He cites being [[PassedOverInheritance displaced]] by [[TheWrongfulHeirToTheThrone his kid brother]] and only trusted with [[ReassignedToAntarctica minor and distant business]] as a reason behind his behavior]].

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* [[spoiler:MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: He MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: [[spoiler:He cites being [[PassedOverInheritance displaced]] by [[TheWrongfulHeirToTheThrone his kid brother]] and only trusted with [[ReassignedToAntarctica minor and distant business]] as a reason behind his behavior]].
24th Feb '17 11:25:33 AM annette12
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* BeserkButton: The normally calm and cool Michael loses it when Kay tells him she aborted their child, a son.
24th Feb '17 11:24:03 AM annette12
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* BeserkButton: Don't mess with his family, especially his sister. [[spoiler:Carlo is aware that he just has to push it so that he can set up the famous tollbooth ambush scene]].
24th Feb '17 10:11:32 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* IDidWhatIHadToDo: His reflections on his life:
-->'''Vito''' [to Michael]: I worked my whole life. I don't apologize for taking care of my family. And I refused to be a fool, dancing on a string held by all those big shots. I don't apologize. That's my life, but I thought that when it was your time, you would be the one to hold the strings




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* SlowlySlippingIntoEvil: He lives a honest life in America for years. Petty crime only ensues after he's fired, and he only becomes a killer when Fanucci threatens his livelihood once again. After that it gets downplayed almost to subversion levels in that Vito is not that [[BlackAndGreyMorality evil by the standards of the story]]. He's a neighbourhood friendly gangster who for the most part is pitted against people who are more evil. All things considered his worst in-universe deeds during his donship boil down to having a horse killed and making AnOfferYouCantRefuse to a band leader after a failed negotiation, and that loses some effect by being OffstageVillainy.
* SpeechImpediment: His raspy voice is the result of a characterization decision by Brando, who ''felt'' Vito the gangster was shot in the throat. Part II {{RetCon}}s this with a straight young Vito having already had that voice, hinting it comes from his feeble health as a child. WordOfGod not addressed in the movies.



* FamousLastWords: In the novel: "Life is so beautiful..."




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* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: His reason for why he refuses to enter the narcotics business with Sollozzo.



* DontYouDarePityMe: Politely implied when he refuses to accept the basket of food that a heartbroken Abbandando gives to Vito as severance and genuine gift after Don Fanucci's nephew gets Vito's job. Vito is [[LikeASonToMe like family]], but the handout does not sit well with his pride or his self-governing nature. Subsequently Vito finds his own ways to provide for his family and petty crime ensues.
* TheExile: He makes America his new home out of of necessity when he has to flee from Corleone after Don Ciccio refuses to spare his life.



* AnImmigrantsTale: He arrives at Ellis Island from Sicily in 1901.



* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: ''Part II'' details his journey from Italian immigrant to mob boss.



* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: His hair goes from loose and boyish in the beginning of the first movie to slicked back when he's older and more ruthless later in the film and in ''Part II''.
* EvilGenius: He Michael proves himself to be this using devious and brutal schemes to keep the Corleone Family strong, despite their (numerous) ups and downs.



* IAmNotMyFather: "That's my family Kay, it's not me." Subverted; NotSoDifferent.
* IgnoredEpiphany: In the novel, he comes to realize during his time in exile that the Mafia had been the ruin of Sicily, and further realizes that if the Mafia, including specifically "his father's empire" is allowed to grow, it will be the ruin of America too. Needless to say, this does not stop him from taking over his father's empire and continuing to spread its corruption.



* ResignationsNotAccepted: He tries to avoid joining the [[TheMafia Family]] in the first film, discusses his attempts to leave it in the second film, and conclusively fails in the third film.
* SlowlySlippingIntoEvil: After returning from Sicily and with Sonny gone, Michael embraces his fate and gradually becomes his father's son, hatching their revenge for years. He marries Kay in the middle of his transformation, the son of a criminal who claims to be struggling for legitimacy. In a natural, magnified but equal iteration of his first evil act, he becomes a full-fledged Don by killing all of his underworld rivals. The real descent comes in that he crosses lines that Vito never had to cross, alienates his family and becomes callous in his personal life, thereby leading to his PyrrhicVillainy by the end of Part II.
* TookALevelInJerkass: In ''Part II'', Michael ''grows'' a heart of stone (and [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope far worse]] he has a completely innocent prostitute killed for the sake of the business) yet personality-wise he is not unprovokedly abrupt until the final part, when he offends Tom Hagen for no reason. This is somehow inverted during the two decades gap and by Part III Michael [[TookALevelInKindness has mellowed out]] and is now TheAtoner. Kay is the one who is abrasive towards him and on a high horse, despite that he voluntarily gave up child custody and she is not [[GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion squeaky-clean]] either.



* CopKiller: He has to hide out in Sicily for years to escape retribution for killing a corrupt police captain who was in the pocket of another family.



* TheExile: He takes refuge] in Sicily to avoid the heat of the mob war that ensues.



* NeutralNoLonger: He's pulled into the family business when his father is almost killed by a rival who will keep on trying. Ironically the United States abandoning its neutrality after the attack on Pearl Harbor is the event that makes Michael declare his own neutrality away from the path of his father; he joins the Marine Corps the day after.
* NiceHat: He dons a Homburg hat (now also known as a Godfather hat) when he begins to work for his father.



* ObfuscatingStupidity: He deliberately projects the image of a weak boss and even his capos start to doubt his leadership. NotSoHarmlessVillain ensues.



* BeserkButton: The normally calm and cool Michael loses it when Kay tells him she aborted their child, a son.
* BrokenAce: By the end, he is the most powerful Mafia Don in the country, has secured the Corleone Family's power and prosperity, and eliminated all his enemies, but he has alienated those who love him and relinquished his own happiness in the process.



* {{Facepalm}}: His appalled reaction when he realizes [[spoiler: Fredo's betrayal]].
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%%* LonelyAtTheTop



* DeathWail: His scream when [[spoiler: Mary dies]] was supposedly so primal and intense that the audio had to be cut from the movie.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:After Mary gets killed.]]



* TheMentor: To Vincent.



* RedemptionRejection: As his priest puts it, while Michael can be forgiven for his sins, as long as Michael himself does not believe he can earn forgiveness, he will never truly change his ways.



* BeserkButton: Don't mess with his family, especially his sister. [[spoiler:Carlo is aware that he just has to push it so that he can set up the famous tollbooth ambush scene]].



* BiggerIsBetterInBed: Less blatant in the film than in the book, where it is deconstructed as the size makes the sex extremely uncomfortable to his partners except to Lucy, who has an [[SharedUnusualTrait abnormally large vagina]].



* TheBrute: Despite doing his best to fill the roles of caporegime (read: general), and later acting Don, the only thing Sonny is ever really good at is violence (well, outside the bedroom that is...)



* TheMatchMaker: In a bit of irony it is revealed in the flashback at the end of "Part II" that he was this for his sister Connie and Carlo.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: He shows he's interested in Sollozzo's deal, despite his father saying he wants nothing to do with drugs. As this shows internal dissent in the family, Sonny is reprimanded for this cock-up, and it leads directly to the attempt on his father's life, Sollozzo having assumed that if he gets rid of Don Corleone, he can make a deal with Sonny.



* SpitefulSpit: He spits on the identification of an FBIAgent who is posted outside of Connie's wedding.



* CoolUncle: Ironically, he is this to Tony and Mary, Michael's kids, especially Tony. In fact, the reason why Anthony eventually resents his father mostly is because [[spoiler:he discovered that Michael ordered the murder of Fredo, his favorite uncle.]]

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* CallingTheOldManOut: He
* CoolUncle: Ironically, he has an outburst of anger against the arrangements made by his father Vito and continued by Michael, who is his kid brother but is to all effects a second father figure; the Godfather.
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is this to Tony and Mary, Michael's kids, especially Tony. In fact, the reason why Anthony eventually resents his father mostly is because [[spoiler:he discovered that Michael ordered the murder of Fredo, his favorite uncle.]]]]
* DarkChick: He may not be an actual chick, but he is the only brother to be completely out of step with the rest of the family, and does have a troubling penchant for seeing things from the enemy's point of view...



* [[spoiler:MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: He cites being [[PassedOverInheritance displaced]] by [[TheWrongfulHeirToTheThrone his kid brother]] and only trusted with [[ReassignedToAntarctica minor and distant business]] as a reason behind his behavior]].



* NiceGuy: People outside the immediate Corleone family consider him to be the most likable. While Sonny has a hair-trigger temper, and one always has to be on guard with Tom and Michael for subtle nuances and double meanings, Fredo has the distinction of being both friendly and harmless, the most easily approachable of the Corleones for a drink and casual conversation.



* SayingTooMuch: He claims he never met Johnny Ola, but during the sex club scene excitedly talks of how Ola introduced him to the place. Michael's shocked expression says everything as he realises his own brother has betrayed him.
* StraightGay: Mainly discussed in the original book and the Mark Winegardner follow-ups:
** Many of the personality conflicts he has with Michael and other Made Men are because of his issues dealing with his extremely repressed sexuality, occasionally leading to drunken one-night affairs, and his overcompensation by cultivating a reputation as a Vegas ladies' man. This gives him the impression of being inconsistent, flighty, and unreliable, all traits that attract the wrong kinds of attention and are liabilities for a man looking to make himself useful in the family business.
** Subtly referenced in ''Part II''. In Cuba, Michael gives Fredo the task of arranging entertainment for his visiting guests, all [=VIPs=] and politicians he hopes to win over and expedite his investment in the Cuban hotel industry. Fredo's choice of venue is a seedy club hosting a sex show, starring [[BiggusDickus 'Superman']]. While all the guests are laughing in good-natured disbelief at the size of Superman's [[UnusualEuphemism more-powerful-than-a-locomotive]], there is a two-second shot of Fredo staring, unblinking and almost trembling.



* CallingTheOldManOut: She aggressively confronts Michael in the aftermath of the Carlo situation. She later confesses she behaves badly in order to get back at Michael and hurt him.



* SpitefulSpit: She tries this when confronting Michael about Carlo's death, but she's too distraught to work up any saliva.



* AmoralAttorney: A dignified mob lawyer.

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* AmoralAttorney: A dignified mob lawyer. He actually considers it to be the lesser of two evils. According to the novels, after graduation he got a job working for an auto company, where he was asked to do a cost-benefit analysis of a vehicle recall, weighing the cost of the recall against the cost of paying death benefits to the families of the projected casualties. He submitted his report along with his resignation and went to work for Vito the next day, where any screwing over he had to do would be on those who took their chances and had it coming.



* BusCrash: The central story of ''Part III'' was going to be a full-on war between Michael and Tom, but Tom was dropped from the final film and his recent death is mentioned briefly in a scene with his son. Robert Duvall thought it was unfair for him to receive only a fifth of Creator/AlPacino's salary and Coppola didn't have enough [[AuteurLicense traction]] to amend it.



* TheDragon: To Vito.



* TheHandler: He's ''consigliere'' to Don Vito.



* INeedAFreakingDrink: He needs a drink before bringing himself to tell his Don the news about Sonny.



* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: If you know ''Literature/{{Nibelungenlied}}''.



* FriendlyTarget: [[spoiler:Via car bomb. Michael, however, was the intended target.]].



* FakeDefector: Michael puts him under the tutelage of Don Altobello. Michael takes some precautions to avoid an obvious identification of the trope.



* TheExile: Michael tells him that his punishment is being exiled from the family. He is instead exiled from this life.



* {{Jerkass}}: Beating the mother of your unborn child definitely qualifies you for this trope.
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: Not that he didn't have it coming, but he is easily convinced to betray Sonny after he [[spoiler: brutally beats him in public]].



* BusCrash: He dies of a heart attack -- although Cicci implies [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident foul play]] -- between the events of the first and second films and his position as capo of the Corleone family's New York branch passes to [[RememberTheNewGuy Frank Pentangeli]], his SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute. This was not originally going to happen; the reason for this change was a disagreement between actor Richard Castellano and Coppola (Castellano wanted creative control over his character and Coppola would not allow it, so Castellano was dropped from the film).



* DefectorFromDecadence: It's implied that Michael's apparent weakness and lack of resolution (a ruse meant to lull the other families into a false sense of security as well as to force the hand of any potential traitors) is the reason behind his betrayal. Factored in and hinted by the two main capos announcing their intention to spin-off from the Family because of Michael's incapacity to defend their own territories.



* FakeDefector: Don Corleone sends him to infiltrate the gang of Sollozzo to garner information, but Sollozzo is wise to the plot and Luca ends up sleeping with the fishes.



* InformedAbility: None of the brutality that he is supposedly capable of is seen onscreen, but everyone talks about it. The only story told about Brasi is fairly meek compared to the on-screen action: Michael tells Kay that [[spoiler:Brasi once pointed a gun to a music director to extort him to sign Johnny Fontane away.]] When Don Vito gives Brasi the task of [[spoiler:pretending to go work for Sollozzo, Brasi fails and gets killed before doing anything.]] The book is more explicit about Brasi's savagery although always as OffstageVillainy in the distant past.
** Justified thematically in that Luca, like Vito, is getting older and his GloryDays (such as they were) are behind him.
* {{Jerkass}}: He's a bumbling thug in the film who is revealed to be a horrible human being in the novel.



* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: In the book, he has his half Irish illegitimate baby killed because he believes "None of that race should live."



* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: He does this in order to [[spoiler:assassinate Barzini]].
** In the books, Al Neri was previously an actual police officer until he killed a perpetrator while on the job rather than arresting him. The Corleones took a look at the circumstances and decided to provide him a high-powered defence to get him off the hook at the later trial, after which he came to work for the family.
* LawmanGoneBad: In the novel, he is revealed to be an incorruptible but ferocious cop. When a PayEvilUntoEvil situation does not quite go as planned, he winds up convicted of manslaughter. Michael Corleone gets him off with a suspended sentence; in gratitude, he becomes Michael's most trusted bodyguard and ProfessionalKiller.
* MookPromotion: He goes from a "Button Man" to Michael's caporegime.



* MookPromotion: He goes from a "Button Man" to Michael's caporegime.



* BusCrash: He was reportedly supposed to have a major part in Part III but after Coppola learned of the 1982 death of actor Joe Spinell, the character was changed to Joey Zaza. Interestingly enough, Cicci was one of the [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse untied ends from Part II]] as his final fate was left unclear. Most assume that he would have been dead by then (probably killed in prison), given his violation of omerta.



* MookPromotion: He is a button in ''Part I'' and became Frank Pentangeli's capo in ''Part II''. In ''Part III'' he was originally planned to be the one who took over Michael's New York operation after he became legitimate, but actor Joe Spinell died before filming began. He was replaced by a new character, Joey Zasa.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Last seen testifying before the Senate, with no mention of his subsequent fate.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Last seen testifying before the Senate, with no mention of his subsequent fate. He gets prison time anyway due to his admission of crimes that he committed. It is not known what ultimately happened to him but most assume that he would eventually have been killed in prison due to his violation of omerta.



* [[spoiler:BathSuicide: In ''Part II'', Hagen visits him in prison and talks about this practice in the Roman Empire, hinting that if he does this his family will be spared. [[spoiler:He does, and they are. The camera shot depicting the outcome is a ShoutOut to the painting ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Death_of_Marat The Death of Marat]]'']].



* HeelFaceTurn: Subverted, [[spoiler: Pentangeli]] is put under WitnessProtection and is going to testify against the Corleone family. Michael and Tom Hagen find a way to prevent him breaking the ''omertà''; his brother shows up the day he has to testify. It's not stated if they stop [[spoiler: Pentangeli]] by shaming him in front of his old school brother or there's some kind of ImpliedDeathThreat going on. [[note]] Earlier drafts of the script had Michael explaining that said brother was the custodian of Pentangeli's [[IHaveYourWife illegitimate children]] back in Sicily, his showing up delivers an [[ShameIfSomethingHappened unambiguous message]].[[/note]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:The Family wants him dead, but Tom Hagen tells him that if he kills himself the Corleones will provide for his surviving family from that point on.]]



* CorruptBureaucrat: He tries to extort and bully Michael... and not out of greed but because he's a racist spiteful bastard.



* MuggingTheMonster: He tries to extort and bully Michael for a gambling license. A nonchalant Michael bides his time and turns the tables with a cold {{frameup}}. It's worth pointing out that the Senator knows Michael is a powerful criminal but [[UnderestimatingBadassery misevaluates him as harmless]] thinking that a political leader is out of his nefarious reach.



* PragmaticVillainy: He proclaims he doesn't like violence because he is a businessman. "Blood is a big expense." Tom Hagen agrees with this view, while Sonny puts [[RevengeBeforeReason revenge before the business]].



* MotiveRant: His speech about Moe Greene.

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* MotiveRant: His speech When Michael asks him who ordered the hit on Pentangeli, Roth responds by revealing his close connection to Moe Greene, whom Michael had killed. This provides greater clarity about Moe Greene.why Roth would want Michael dead, even though Roth is [[DownplayedTrope never explicit about this]].
--> This was a great man, a man of vision and guts. [[ShrineToTheFallen And there isn't even a plaque or a signpost or a statue]] in [[UsefulNotes/LasVegas that town]]! [[MoeGreeneSpecial Someone put a bullet through his eye]]. No one knows who gave the order. When I heard it, I wasn't angry. I knew Moe, [[HairTriggerTemper I knew he was headstrong—talking loud, saying stupid things]]. So when he turned up dead, [[BlatantLies I let it go]]. I said to myself, "This is business that we've chosen." [[SuddenlyShouting And I didn’t ask who gave the order! Because it had nothin' to do with business!]]



* NiceJobBreakingItHerod: He attempts to kill all of Antonio Andolini's male relatives, including his 9-year-old son Vito, knowing they would be honor bound to avenge Antonio's murder. This forces Vito to escape to America, where he becomes a Don himself, eventually giving him the ability to return and kill Don Ciccio.



* BigBadWannabe: Despite his pretentions, his power is weak enough for Vito to exploit.

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* BigBadWannabe: Despite He is very feared and acts all ruthless, but he is a PaperTiger: there are some paisans who don't pay him any tribute, he has no real muscle and resorts to police threats to enforce his pretentions, his power is weak enough for demands. After Vito to exploit.tests him by only paying half of his debt, he decides that he's no threat and kills him.


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* ManOfWealthAndTaste: He likes to be known for his well dressed style and as a champion of Italian-American heritage. It doesn't exactly endear him to his fellow mafiosi.
22nd Feb '17 2:18:15 PM fusilcontrafusil
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[[folder: Vincent "Vinnie" Mancini-Corleone]]

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[[folder: Vincent "Vinnie" Mancini-Corleone]]Mancini]]



%%* HeroicBastard

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%%* HeroicBastard* HeroicBastard: [[NomDeMom Goes by his mother's name]] since he was born out of wedlock.


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* MeaningfulRename: Michael eventually orders him to call himself "Vincent Corleone".
20th Feb '17 9:33:45 AM CumbersomeTercel
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--> '''Portrayed By''': MarlonBrando (''The Godfather''), RobertDeNiro (''Part II'')

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--> '''Portrayed By''': MarlonBrando Creator/MarlonBrando (''The Godfather''), RobertDeNiro Creator/RobertDeNiro (''Part II'')



--> '''Portrayed By''': AlPacino

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--> '''Portrayed By''': AlPacino
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