History Film / TheGodfather

25th Mar '17 9:01:14 PM danlansdowne
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** Officially, ''Part I'' isn't about the Mafia at all. The story goes that when the real Mafia began making complaints and threats, the filmmakers compromised, removing all references to "the Mafia" and "Cosa Nostra". So the film is actually about a fictitious crime organisation that just happens to be based around five fictitious Italian-American families its usually referred to as "the Five Families" when mentioned on screen.

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** Officially, ''Part I'' isn't about the Mafia at all. The story goes that when the real Mafia began making complaints and threats, the filmmakers compromised, removing all references to "the Mafia" and "Cosa Nostra". So the film is actually about a fictitious crime organisation that just happens to be based around five fictitious Italian-American families its usually referred to as "the Five Families" or "the olive oil business" when mentioned on screen.
25th Mar '17 8:59:42 PM danlansdowne
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** In ''Part I'' Michael makes a case to a group of men including Tessio and Clemenza that someone considered untouchable, in this case Captain [=McCluskey=], isn't, and can be killed. In ''Part II'', Vito similarly argues to Tessio and Clemenza that Don Fanucci likewise is not as untouchable as they believe him to be.

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** In ''Part I'' Michael makes a case to a group of men including Tessio and Clemenza that someone considered untouchable, in this case Captain [=McCluskey=], isn't, and can be killed. In ''Part II'', Vito similarly argues to Tessio and Clemenza that Don Fanucci likewise is not as untouchable as they believe him to be. Michael also argues that Hyman Roth is not untouchable even when being turned over to the FBI in a busy airport.
25th Mar '17 8:49:01 PM danlansdowne
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** A deleted scene from ''Part II'', shows Fabrizzio, Michael's traitorous bodyguard, getting into a car, turning the ignition, and having the car blow up, killing him exactly the way he killed Michael's first wife, years after it happened. In the book he was simply shot on the same night Michael had everyone else with Corleone blood on their hands killed, as seen in Part I.

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** A deleted scene from ''Part II'', shows Fabrizzio, Michael's traitorous bodyguard, getting into a car, turning the ignition, and having the car blow up, killing him exactly the way he killed Michael's first wife, years after it happened. (This scene does appear in the adapted for TV Saga.) In the book he was simply shot on the same night Michael had everyone else with Corleone blood on their hands killed, as seen in Part I.
24th Mar '17 7:50:51 PM JRA
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--> * '''Michael (''to Carlo'')''': "[[spoiler:Barzini is dead. So is Phillip Tattaglia. Moe Greene. Stracci. Cuneo.]] Today I settled all family business, so don't tell me that you're innocent.
20th Mar '17 10:03:02 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* TheAlcoholic: a doctor is talking to a friend of Johnny Fontane, telling the man that if he doesn't cut out the smoking and drinking he'll be dead in five years. The man gives off an apparently horrified reaction as he says, "My God! Doc, are you serious? I'll be dead in five years? You mean it's going to take ''that long''?

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* TheAlcoholic: a A doctor is talking to a friend of Johnny Fontane, telling the man that if he doesn't cut out the smoking and drinking he'll be dead in five years. The man gives off an apparently horrified reaction as he says, "My God! Doc, are you serious? I'll be dead in five years? You mean it's going to take ''that long''?



* BadassFamily: The Corleones. Except Fredo.



* BadHabits: This guise fails in ''Part III'' as the old mafia boss recognises the assassin sent to kill his guest Michael Corleone.
* BalanceOfPower: Some of the intrigue comes from the families negotiating about this.



* BarbieDollAnatomy: Apollonia has a scene where she stands topless on her wedding night. During one broadcast on American television, instead of cutting the scene entirely (which is more often done) one channel digitally removed the nipples instead, in the hopes that it would save the scene. It... didn't.



* BedmateReveal: Jack Woltz has just refused an offer by Tom Hagen on behalf of Don Vito Corleone to cast Johnny Fontane, who Woltz wants run out of the business, in his new movie. When Woltz wakes up the following morning, [[spoiler:he finds himself and his undersheets covered in blood, rips the sheets back and discovers that someone's placed the head of his prize horse Khartoum in bed with him!]]



%%* BigFancyHouse

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%%* BigFancyHouse* BigFancyHouse: The Corleone houses, the most luxurious being the one at Lake Tahoe. Also Jack Woltz's California mansion.



%%* BigScrewedUpFamily

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%%* BigScrewedUpFamily* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Corleones. They ''are'' a mafia family after all. And there's murders, assassinations, assassination of in-laws, [[spoiler: fratricide]]...



%%* BrooklynRage: Sonny.
* BruiserWithASoftCenter: Sonny, despite being known for his explosive temper, is a loving if unfaithful husband and father who cares about his family and friends deeply.



* ButLiquorIsQuicker: Used for drama with Bonasera's daughter in the opening scene. A boyfriend and his friend made her drink whiskey with the intent of taking advantage of her, but when she resisted, they viciously beat her to the point that the undertaker says that "she will never be beautiful again." Bonasera's reason for coming to Don Corleone was to avenge this horrible wrong after the courts did not provide him with the justice he sought.



* CaptainErsatz:
** Officially, ''Part I'' isn't about the Mafia at all. The story goes that when the real Mafia began making complaints and threats, the filmmakers compromised, removing all references to "the Mafia" and "Cosa Nostra". So the film is actually about a fictitious crime organisation that just happens to be based around five fictitious Italian-American families its usually referred to as "the Five Families" when mentioned on screen.
** Averted in ''Part II'', where during the senator hearings, the words Mafia and Cosa Nostra are mentioned multiple times (here by an outsider).
* CartoonBugSprayer: In ''Part I'', young Anthony is playing with one.
* CastingCouch: In the novel, the mother of a twelve-year-old actress hands her daughter over to producer Jack Woltz (a thinly disguised Jack Warner). Insiders say it's based on a true story. The movie tones this down, except in deleted scenes, but Woltz complains about another actress. He mentions her talent, how much money he spent on her, and how he was going to make her a big star, but he seems angrier that he won't have another chance to sleep with her, because Johnny Fontane got with her first.



* ChildOfTwoWorlds: Tom Hagen was born into a German-Irish family but raised by Sicilians. As an adult, he often acts as a buffer between the Corleones and their WASP colleagues.



* ChurchgoingVillain: The Corleones and other crime families are pretty devout Catholics, and ruthless racketeers.



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%%* TheClanTheClan: In ''Part II'', Michael and co "offer" to clean up after their own frame job on Senator Geary, who was drugged and left in a hotel room with a DisposableSexWorker. The idea is that he'll owe them a favour, and thus be in their pocket.
* CleanupCrew:



* ColorMotif: The color orange is a symbol of impending death. Usually, it comes in the form of orange fruit, but even orange clothing and orange decorations are used as foreshadowing towards death.
* ComeAlone: Michael Corleone is summoned to such a meeting after the Don has been shot.
* CompressedAdaptation: Though some scenes from the book were included in ReCut versions.
* ConcertClimax: The ending of ''Part III'' takes place at an opera and involves an assassination attempt. [[spoiler:The target is Michael who survives, but his beloved daughter is killed.]]



* ConspicuouslyPublicAssassination: Michael wants to get rid of Sollozzo and Captain [=McClusky=]. A gun is left for him in a restaurant bathroom: he gets up from his parley with the targets, comes back from the toilet and shoots them each once in the head, then drops the gun on the floor and calmly walks out the front door. Sure, he has to flee the country afterwards, but he gets away with it.



* ColorMotif: The color orange is a symbol of impending death. Usually, it comes in the form of orange fruit, but even orange clothing and orange decorations are used as foreshadowing towards death.


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* ContrastMontage: A christening is contrasted with a series of hits on rival mob bosses.


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* AnInsert: When Michael opens the newspaper to read about his father's shooting, his hands in the insert are played by Creator/GeorgeLucas.


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13th Mar '17 11:16:16 AM MadJim
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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: In the novel, the Don of Detroit's speech about keeping drugs away from children is seen as a pointlessly sentimental outburst by the others. After all, who would ever sell drugs to kids? And where would children ever get the money to pay for them?
24th Feb '17 4:41:03 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Because Corleone, Sicily, was too developed, even in the early 1970s, the Sicilian town of Savoca, outside Taormina, was used for shooting the scenes where Michael is in exile in Italy.
24th Feb '17 4:23:41 PM TrollBrutal
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* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: In the first movie, despite Vito's reputation and intimidating nature, we never see him personally kill or intimidate, save for a NoodleIncident mentioned by Michael. Whilst in Part II we see how he rose to the ranks by killing Don Fanucci and Don Ciccio.
24th Feb '17 4:22:19 PM TrollBrutal
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* AscendedExtra:
** In the DVDCommentary for Part II director Francis Ford Coppola notes that minor characters like Al Neri and Rocco Lampone "emerge as a presence in the first ''Godfather'', becoming more and more evident in each installment of the story, as would be natural. As it would be in life."
** Connie is the least important of the Corleone siblings InUniverse (what with being a woman and all that), however, by part III with Fredo, Tom and Sonny out of the way she temporarily replaces Michael as family boss when he falls ill in the middle of a gang war.

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AscendedExtra: In the DVDCommentary for Part II director Francis Ford Coppola notes that minor characters like Al Neri and Rocco Lampone "emerge as a presence in the first ''Godfather'', becoming more and more evident in each installment of the story, as would be natural. As it would be in life."
** Connie is the least important of the Corleone siblings InUniverse (what with being a woman and all that), however, by part III with Fredo, Tom and Sonny out of the way she temporarily replaces Michael as family boss when he falls ill in the middle of a gang war.
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24th Feb '17 10:11:29 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AscendedExtra: In the DVD commentary for Part II director Francis Ford Coppola notes that minor characters like Al Neri and Rocco Lampone "emerge as a presence in the first ''Godfather'', becoming more and more evident in each installment of the story, as would be natural. As it would be in life."

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In the DVD commentary DVDCommentary for Part II director Francis Ford Coppola notes that minor characters like Al Neri and Rocco Lampone "emerge as a presence in the first ''Godfather'', becoming more and more evident in each installment of the story, as would be natural. As it would be in life.""
** Connie is the least important of the Corleone siblings InUniverse (what with being a woman and all that), however, by part III with Fredo, Tom and Sonny out of the way she temporarily replaces Michael as family boss when he falls ill in the middle of a gang war.



* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: In the first movie, despite Vito's reputation and intimidating nature, we never see him personally kill or intimidate, save for a NoodleIncident mentioned by Michael. Whilst in Part II we see how he rose to the ranks by killing Don Fanucci and Don Ciccio.



* BadassBookworm:
** Michael was a decorated Marine in World War II and also an Ivy League student.
** Tom is a lawyer by profession and undoubtedly one of the most intelligent members of the Corleone family, he also killed two people in ''The Godfather Returns'' strangling one with his belt and shooting another. Then, in the same book, there's his ease in putting Fredo on the ground when attacked in a fit of anger. (Fredo later compliments him on his reflexes. Tom's response: "lots of coffee".)



* BigBrotherInstinct: Sonny Corleone has one of these toward his sister. [[spoiler:It ultimately gets him killed]].

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* BigBrotherInstinct: Sonny Corleone has Corleone:
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one of these toward the most epic {{No Holds Barred Beatdown}}s in film history against his sister. [[spoiler:It ultimately gets him killed]].brother-in-law after he finds his sister with a black eye. [[spoiler:The enemy family Barzini later uses this instinct against Sonny by paying Carlo to deliver a savage beating to his wife in order to easily set up an ambush for Sonny.]]
** He has a minor one with Michael too, when they are planning out the hit on Solozzo, he threatens that someone better be good at providing Michael the gun.
--> '''Sonny:''' Hey listen, I want someone good and I mean really good to plant that gun. I don't want my brother to come out of the toilet with just his dick in his hand.



* DomesticAbuse: Carlo beats Connie regularly. The trope is invoked [[spoiler: to lure Sonny out of the Corleone fortress]].

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* DomesticAbuse: DomesticAbuse:
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Carlo beats Connie regularly. The trope is invoked [[spoiler: to lure Sonny out of the Corleone fortress]].



* 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]]
* HeelRealization: Michael in Part II briefly has signs of this, but he's too far gone to really notice or act on them. It's not until Part III that he actually feels sincere remorse for his actions. [[spoiler:His attempts at atoning and undoing the damage however, fail.]]



* 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]]
* HeelRealization: Michael in Part II briefly has signs of this, but he's too far gone to really notice or act on them. It's not until Part III that he actually feels sincere remorse for his actions. [[spoiler:His attempts at atoning and undoing the damage however, fail.]]



* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Tom Hagen, if you know Literature/{{Nibelungenlied}}.

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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Tom Hagen, if you know Literature/{{Nibelungenlied}}.''Literature/{{Nibelungenlied}}''.



* RatedMForManly: Not just for its excessive violence and mafia fashion style. ''The Godfather'' is viewed as symbolic of men's gender roles -- as Father, Brother, Businessman, Community leader -- of 20th Century America. Nicely illustrated in the film ''Film/YouveGotMail'' where Tom Hanks' character explains to Meg Ryan's how ''The Godfather'' is the ''I-Ching'' of all wisdom and that '''every''' guy gets the movie. Meg's character promptly quizzes her mild-mannered boyfriend about the phrase "Going to the mattresses." He immediately and nonchalantly replies "Yeah, that's from The Godfather."

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* RatedMForManly: Not just for its excessive violence and mafia fashion style. ''The Godfather'' is viewed as symbolic of men's gender roles -- as Father, Brother, Businessman, Community leader -- of 20th Century America. Nicely illustrated in the film ''Film/YouveGotMail'' where Tom Hanks' Creator/TomHanks' character explains to Meg Ryan's Creator/MegRyan's how ''The Godfather'' is the ''I-Ching'' of all wisdom and that '''every''' guy gets the movie. Meg's character promptly quizzes her mild-mannered boyfriend about the phrase "Going to the mattresses." He immediately and nonchalantly replies "Yeah, that's from The Godfather."



* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Luca Brasi does this with virtually everyone connected to a failed hit on Vito Corleone.

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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Luca Brasi does went on one after an attempt on Vito's life in the Olive Oil War. It took Vito recovering and personally calling him off to avoid Luca dropping enough bodies to make peace impossible. [[spoiler: The Turk has him killed before they attempt to kill Vito to avoid this with virtually everyone connected happening to a failed hit on Vito Corleone.him.]]



* ShoutOut: The [[MoreDakka toll booth]] scene is an homage to the ending of ''Film/BonnieAndClyde''.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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The [[MoreDakka toll booth]] scene is an homage to the ending of ''Film/BonnieAndClyde''.



** Both RobertDeNiro and MarlonBrando won Oscars for playing young and old Vito Corleone, thus making them only actors to ever win Oscars for playing the same character. Supporting and main role categories, respectively. A third actor plays Vito as a child.

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** Both RobertDeNiro Creator/RobertDeNiro and MarlonBrando Creator/MarlonBrando won Oscars for playing young and old Vito Corleone, thus making them only actors to ever win Oscars for playing the same character. Supporting and main role categories, respectively. A third actor plays Vito as a child.



* 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.

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* TookALevelInJerkass: In Part II ''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.



* TragicVillain: Michael, who starts as a war hero and detached from the family.

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* TragicVillain: Michael, who Michael starts as a war hero an independent minded War Hero, but he is gradually dragged into mob life to protect his father and detached from his family. He fought his perceived enemies with cold ruthlessness for years while he struggles to achieve legitimacy, and by the family.time he gets there, he admits that it's too late and that he is too tired and past redemption, and passes the torch to a new Don.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Willie Cicci, during the Senate hearings, essentially betrays omerta (the code of silence). 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. Reportedly, Cicci was supposed to have returned for part III but didn't only because Coppola remembered that actor Joe Spinell had died in 1982. Allegedly, his place is taken by Joey Zaza. So the assumption is probably TheCharacterDiedWithHim.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
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Willie Cicci, during the Senate hearings, essentially betrays omerta (the code of silence). 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. Reportedly, Cicci was supposed to have returned for part III but didn't only because Coppola remembered that actor Joe Spinell had died in 1982. Allegedly, his place is taken by Joey Zaza. So the assumption is probably TheCharacterDiedWithHim.
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