History Film / TheGodfather

27th Aug '16 4:16:55 PM charliebiggs
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* BatmanGambit: To set up Sonny in Part I, Carlo has his mistress call his home just before he arrives, then refuses the dinner she's made for him. This sets her off to the point that she starts breaking plates on the floor, giving him the pretext he needs to beat her. He knows she will call her brother and complain, and based on what happened after an altercation between the two of them earlier Sonny will rush right over to beat up Carlo in retaliation. Which he does ... right into [[spoiler:the ambush at the toll booth]].

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* BatmanGambit: To set up Sonny in Part I, Carlo has his mistress call his home just before he arrives, then refuses the dinner she's Connie's made for him. This sets her off to the point that she starts breaking plates on the floor, giving him the pretext he needs to beat her. He knows she will call her brother and complain, and based on what happened after an altercation between the two of them earlier Sonny will rush right over to beat up Carlo in retaliation. Which he does ... right into [[spoiler:the ambush at the toll booth]].



** A deleted scene from ''Part II'', shows Fabrizio, 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 Fabrizio, 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.



** In Sicily, [[spoiler: Apollonia is driving the car for the first time as a surprise to Michael, who notices his bodyguard Fabrizio hurriedly walking away from his villa. Michael turns and screams to his wife, but it's too late, she starts the engine and the car explodes, killing her.]]

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** In Sicily, [[spoiler: Apollonia is driving the car for the first time as a surprise to Michael, who notices his bodyguard Fabrizio Fabrizzio hurriedly walking away from his villa. Michael turns and screams to his wife, but it's too late, she starts the engine and the car explodes, killing her.]]



* DarkChick: Fredo. He may not be an actual chick, but he is 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...

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* DarkChick: Fredo. 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...



** In the novel ''every'' cop is either on the take, experts in PoliceBrutality (like ex-cop Al Neri) or both. That said, they [[EvenEvilHasStandards have their own code of honor]] as to what constitutes "clean" graft and what's beyond the pale: taking a bribe to look the other way for prostitution or gambling or speeding tickets is one thing; getting involved in drugs or murder is quite another. Thus, in the novel, the NYPD loses a lot of their will to avenge [=McCluskey=] when they find out he was working with the Mob to set up a hard-drugs operation. The Corleones also exploit this through the media, with plenty of stories emphasising McCluskey's 'hard' corruption ensuring that the public aren't exactly crying out for his killer to be found and punished either.

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** In the novel ''every'' cop is either on the take, experts in PoliceBrutality (like ex-cop Al Neri) or both. That said, they [[EvenEvilHasStandards have their own code of honor]] as to what constitutes "clean" graft and what's beyond the pale: taking a bribe to look the other way for prostitution or gambling or speeding tickets is one thing; getting involved in drugs or murder is quite another. Thus, in the novel, the NYPD loses a lot of their will to avenge [=McCluskey=] when they find out he was working with the Mob to set up a hard-drugs operation. The Corleones also exploit this through the media, with plenty of stories emphasising McCluskey's 'hard' [=McCluskey's=] "hard" corruption ensuring that the public aren't exactly crying out for his killer to be found and punished either.



* DisproportionateRetribution: Discussed. Bonasera asks Don Vito to kill the guys who beat his daughter, but Vito replies [[EveryoneHasStandards he cannot do that]], since -- as his daughter is alive -- that wouldn't be justice. Vito finally arranges to have Clemenza deal with them, with the stipulation that his people aren't to get "carried away". There's a scene in the book where Paulie does indeed deal with the guys, and while it's not exactly pretty what he does to them, no one could say it's more than they deserve.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: Discussed. Bonasera asks Don Vito to kill the guys who beat his daughter, but Vito replies [[EveryoneHasStandards he cannot do that]], since -- as his daughter is alive -- that wouldn't be justice. Vito finally arranges to have Clemenza deal with them, with the stipulation that his people aren't to get "carried away". away." There's a scene in the book where Paulie Gatto does indeed deal with the guys, and while it's not exactly pretty what he does and his men do to them, no one could say it's more than they deserve.



** ''Part II'', a 1941 flashback is followed by [[spoiler:a slightly aged Michael sitting alone]] at Lake Tahoe, likely during the late 60s.

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** ''Part II'', a 1941 flashback is followed by [[spoiler:a slightly aged Michael sitting alone]] at Lake Tahoe, likely during the late 60s.'60s.



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** Al Neri's backstory in the book reveals that he had been fired from the NYPD for beating a child rapist and murderer caught in the act so badly with his flashlight that the flashlight broke (along with the perp's ''skull''). It is this incident that brings Al to Michael's attention, and subsequently into the Corleone organization as Michael's enforcer.

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** Al Neri's backstory in the book reveals that he had been fired from the NYPD and arrested for beating a child rapist and murderer pimp caught in the act of slashing a little girl so badly with his flashlight that the flashlight broke (along with the perp's ''skull''). It is this incident that brings Al to Michael's attention, and subsequently into the Corleone organization as Michael's enforcer.



** '''Valor''': Michaelís fate looks bleak after Barziniís victory in the mob war, Tessio and Clemenzaís open denegration of his leadership, the Godfatherís death, and Tessioís imminent betrayal. Yet Michael battles on.
* ExecutiveMeddling: In-universe: cinema mogul Jack Woltz has actor wannabe Johnny Fontane blacklisted because he ruined a starlet (translation: seduced her away from Woltz). Woltz in turn gets overruled by the ultimate meddling in the form of a dead horse head.

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** '''Valor''': Michaelís fate looks bleak after Barziniís victory in the mob war, Tessio and Clemenzaís open denegration denigration of his leadership, the Godfatherís death, and Tessioís imminent betrayal. Yet Michael battles on.
* ExecutiveMeddling: In-universe: cinema mogul Jack Woltz has actor wannabe Johnny Fontane blacklisted because he ruined a starlet (translation: seduced her away from Woltz). Woltz in turn gets overruled by the ultimate meddling in the form of a dead horse horse's head.



* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: Carlo physically abuses Sonny's sister. Sonny then tracks down Carlo and [[spoiler:attacks him in broad daylight. He uses his fists, his feet, Carlo's shoes, and a nearby metal trashcan (which is brought down smack on Carlo's head). All of this happens in public, and a crowd watches while Sonny's goons keep them from interfering. Carlo is left barely alive in a nearby puddle]].

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* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: Carlo physically abuses Sonny's sister. Sonny then tracks down Carlo and [[spoiler:attacks him in broad daylight. He uses his fists, his feet, his ''teeth'', Carlo's shoes, and a nearby metal trashcan (which is brought down smack on Carlo's head). All of this happens in public, and a crowd watches while Sonny's goons keep them from interfering. Carlo is left barely alive in a nearby puddle]].



** Fabrizio's pliability is hinted by his desire for a better life in America. Expanded and more clear in the recut.

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** Fabrizio's Fabrizzio's pliability is hinted by his desire for a better life in America. Expanded and more clear in the recut.



** Michael and Apollonia.

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** Michael and Apollonia.Apollonia, while it lasts.



* HorribleHollywood: Much more visible in the book than in the film. The studio labour unions are on the Mafia's payroll and will strike at a moment's notice if given a good reason (such as getting Johnny Fontane the lead role he and Woltz know will make him a star again). The writer of Fontane's comeback film was paid next to nothing for his hard work. HookersAndBlow abound; Tom Hagen tries to use a male lead's growing heroin addiction as leverage with Woltz and later sees a dishevelled 12-year-old starlet being ushered out of Woltz' house by her uncaring mother, while a preview screening turns into a massive orgy when the lights are dimmed. Actors place preserving their good looks over their health as they grow older, and their doctors are happy to oblige for the right price. Fontane's cousin Nino Valenti thinks to himself that if this is success, he wants none of it. (He later becomes a film actor anyway, but [[spoiler:drinks himself to death just as his career is taking off.]])

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* HorribleHollywood: Much more visible in the book than in the film. The studio labour unions are on the Mafia's payroll and will strike at a moment's notice if given a good reason (such as getting Johnny Fontane the lead role he and Woltz know will make him a star again). The writer of Fontane's comeback film was paid next to nothing for his hard work. HookersAndBlow abound; Tom Hagen tries to use a male lead's growing heroin addiction as leverage with Woltz and later sees a dishevelled 12-year-old starlet being ushered out of Woltz' house by her uncaring mother, while a preview screening turns into a massive orgy when the lights are dimmed. Actors place preserving their good looks over their health as they grow older, and their doctors are happy to oblige for the right price. Fontane's cousin Nino Valenti thinks to himself that if this is success, he wants none of it. (He He later becomes a film actor anyway, but [[spoiler:drinks himself to death just as his career is taking off.]])off]].



** In the books, Al Neri was previously an actual police officer until he killed a murderer 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.

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** In the books, Al Neri was previously an actual police officer until he killed a murderer 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.



* KarmaHoudini: Fabrizio. A DeletedScene from the second movie (which actually appeared as part of the purge at the end of the original novel) shows Michael's revenge. The scene is included in the made-for-TV, chronological order ''The Godfather Saga''.

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* KarmaHoudini: Fabrizio.Fabrizzio. A DeletedScene from the second movie (which actually appeared as part of the purge at the end of the original novel) shows Michael's revenge. The scene is included in the made-for-TV, chronological order ''The Godfather Saga''.



** Fredo... "well"; he attends the meeting with Sollozzo but he is later relegated to secondary roles far away from Michael's inner circle.
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:Decapitating a man's horse]] because he will not cast a guy in a movie. But see BreakTheCutie above re. Woltz's dark side.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Michael [[ProtagonistJourneyToVillain makes his bones]] by killing a drug dealer who tried to have Michaelís father killed and corrupt police captain who earlier broke Michaelís jaw.

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** Fredo... "well"; he attends the meeting with Sollozzo but after [[HeroicBSOD going into shock]] from witnessing Vito's shooting he is later relegated to secondary roles far away from Michael's inner circle.
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:Decapitating a man's horse]] because he will not cast a guy in a movie. But see BreakTheCutie above re. re: Woltz's dark side.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Michael [[ProtagonistJourneyToVillain makes his bones]] by killing a drug dealer who tried to have Michaelís father killed and a corrupt police captain who earlier broke Michaelís jaw.



** Joey Zasa in Part III likes to be known for his well dressed style and as a champion of Italian-American heritage.

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** Joey Zasa in Part III 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.



--> '''Fredo''' ''(angry)'': It ain't the way I wanted it! I can handle things! I'm smart! Not like everybody says! Like dumb! I'm smart and I want respect!
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal

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--> '''Fredo''' ''(angry)'': It ain't the way I ''I'' wanted it! I can handle things! I'm smart! Not like everybody says! Like dumb! I'm smart and I want respect!
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayalMistreatmentInducedBetrayal:
** Not that he didn't have it coming, but [[spoiler: Carlo]] is easily convinced to betray Sonny after he [[spoiler: brutally beats him in public]].



** In ''Part I'', [[spoiler:underlings like Paulie set up Don Vito for the street hit, and Fabrizio plants a bomb meant to kill Michael in Sicily, but kills Michael's wife Apollonia instead. Respected ''capo'' Sal Tessio is bought over by Barzini to set up Michael after Vito's death.]]

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** In ''Part I'', [[spoiler:underlings like Paulie set up Don Vito for the street hit, and Fabrizio Fabrizzio plants a bomb meant to kill Michael in Sicily, but kills Michael's wife Apollonia instead. Respected ''capo'' Sal Tessio is bought over by Barzini to set up Michael after Vito's death.]]



** Mafia is a made up word, today used to mean any organized crime. The sicilian mafia is associated with the term cosa nostra (our thing), a circumscription ("This thing we do, you know?"), other mafias call that themselves too. The La in front of cosa nostra is a fabrication, too. Mafiosi are called friends, honorable men, wise guys and so on.

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** Mafia is a made up word, today used to mean any organized crime. The sicilian Sicilian mafia is associated with the term cosa nostra ''Cosa Nostra'' (our thing), a circumscription ("This thing we do, you know?"), other mafias call that themselves too. The La in front of cosa nostra ''Cosa Nostra'' is a fabrication, too. Mafiosi are called friends, honorable men, wise guys and so on.



** As for the first movie: it was produced at a time when a Mafia {{Astroturf}} organization was attempting to convince people that there was, in fact, no such thing as the Mafia. Accordingly, the word was never used in that movie. By the time of ''Godfather II'', people had figured out the con, so it was once more politically correct to use the term. (Though in the novel at least, it's made clear that, strictly speaking, Don Vito and his lieutenants are ''not'' members of the Cosa Nostra: the Corleone family are upstarts rather than "official" honorable men.)

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** As for the first movie: it was produced at a time when a Mafia {{Astroturf}} organization was attempting to convince people that there was, in fact, no such thing as the Mafia. Accordingly, the word was never used in that movie. By the time of ''Godfather II'', people had figured out the con, so it was once more politically correct to use the term. (Though Though in the novel at least, it's made clear that, strictly speaking, Don Vito and his lieutenants are ''not'' members of the Cosa Nostra: the Corleone family are upstarts rather than "official" honorable men.)men. Interestingly enough, the novel implies that Vito ''coins'' the term ''Cosa Nostra.''



** Downplayed or used less efficiently by Michael before the meeting with Moe Green, who is neither explicitly threatened nor intimidated.

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** Downplayed or used less efficiently by Michael before the meeting with Moe Green, Greene, who is neither explicitly threatened nor intimidated.



* {{Paparazzi}}: Don Barcini destroys the film of a photographer after the man takes a picture of the mobster. Sonny smashes the camera of another scoop and then throws the man some dollars for his troubles.
* ParentalFavoritism: Played straight in the movie with Vito towards Michael, meant for a higher purpose. The original novel tries to explain why Sonny is the heir exempt from EvilParentsWantGoodKids because Sonny choose a criminal life after witnessing Vito killing Fanucci. (Part II disregards this)

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* {{Paparazzi}}: Don Barcini Barzini destroys the film of a photographer after the man takes a picture of the mobster. Sonny smashes the camera of another scoop and then throws the man some dollars for his troubles.
* ParentalFavoritism: Played straight in the movie with Vito towards Michael, meant for a higher purpose. The original novel tries to explain why Sonny is the heir exempt from EvilParentsWantGoodKids because Sonny choose chose a criminal life after witnessing Vito killing Fanucci. (Part II disregards this)



** Don Emilio Barzini wants to get blacks hooked on heroin. Another Don agrees: "They're animals anyway, let them lose their souls." (In the book the other dons have no problem with this attitude, they just don't think it should be discussed. You do business with blacks, but you don't talk about it; the main reason they gave for this disdain is that there were no black gangs as powerful or as organized as "cosa nostra".)

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** Don Emilio Barzini wants to get blacks hooked on heroin. Another Don agrees: "They're animals anyway, let them lose their souls." (In In the book the other dons have no problem with this attitude, they just don't think it should be discussed. You do business with blacks, but you don't talk about it; the main reason they gave for this disdain is that there were no black gangs as powerful or as organized as "cosa nostra".)"Cosa Nostra."



** Captain McCluskey's first line: "I thought I got all you guinea hoods locked up!"

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** Captain McCluskey's [=McCluskey's=] first line: "I thought I got all you guinea hoods locked up!"



** "My father's name was Antonio Andolini and this is for you."

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** "My father's name was Antonio Andolini AndoliniÖ and this is for you."



* RapeAndRevenge: The mortician's motive for becoming Vito's client.

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* RapeAndRevenge: The mortician's motive for becoming Vito's client. Subverted, as his daughter wasn't actually raped, but was brutally beaten when she resisted.



* ReadTheFinePrint: Subverted. Johnny Fontane doesn't look very happy about the sudden deal but signs the contract to perform in the family casinos at UsefulNotes/LasVegas right away without reading or almost looking at it. He is a good godson after all.

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* ReadTheFinePrint: Subverted. Johnny Fontane doesn't look very happy about the sudden deal but signs the contract to perform in the family casinos at UsefulNotes/LasVegas right away without reading or almost looking at it. He is a good godson after all.all, and trusts that the family will do right by him.



* ScarsAreForever: [=McCluskey's=] blow gives Michael a disfigured cheek. It gets repaired later; Fredo comments offhandedly that a surgeon did a very good job. (In the book, the injury receives more emphasis; among other things, it causes Michael to have an almost constantly running nose.)

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* ScarsAreForever: [=McCluskey's=] blow gives Michael a disfigured cheek. It gets repaired later; Fredo comments offhandedly that a surgeon did a very good job. (In In the book, the injury receives more emphasis; among other things, it causes because he didn't follow up with surgery right away, the bones healed badly, causing Michael to have constant pain, heaviness in the face and an almost constantly continuously running nose.)



* SoundtrackDissonance: The endings to the three films
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Both of Michaelís Sicilian bodyguards, Fabrizio and Calo, die in the novel but survive in the movie adaptation, [[SubvertedTrope only to die in the sequels]]. [[TheMole Fabrizio]] sets a car bomb for Michael [[spoiler: but kills Michaelís wife Apollonia instead]]. In the novel, Fabrizio is killed in the [[TheClimax climactic]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge massacre montage]], but in the movie he is not seen again [[spoiler: after Apolloniaís death]]. A deleted scene in ''Godfather II'' reveals that Michael has him killed years later [[KarmicDeath in a car bombing]]. In the novel Calo is killed [[spoiler: in the car blast with Apollonia]], but his fate is unrevealed in the movie until ''Godfather III'', where he is killed while taking part in that filmís [[RecycledPremise climactic massacre montage]].
* SpeechImpediment: Vito's 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 that voice, hinting it comes from his feeble health as a child. WordOfGod not addressed in the movies.

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* SoundtrackDissonance: The endings to the three films
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* SparedByTheAdaptation: Both of Michaelís Sicilian bodyguards, Fabrizio Fabrizzio and Calo, die in the novel but survive in the movie adaptation, [[SubvertedTrope only to die in the sequels]]. [[TheMole Fabrizio]] Fabrizzio]] sets a car bomb for Michael [[spoiler: but kills Michaelís wife Apollonia instead]]. In the novel, Fabrizio Fabrizzio is killed in the [[TheClimax climactic]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge massacre montage]], but in the movie he is not seen again [[spoiler: after Apolloniaís death]]. A deleted scene in ''Godfather II'' reveals that Michael has him killed years later [[KarmicDeath in a car bombing]]. In the novel Calo is killed [[spoiler: in the car blast with Apollonia]], but his fate is unrevealed in the movie until ''Godfather III'', where he is killed while taking part in that filmís [[RecycledPremise climactic massacre montage]].
* SpeechImpediment: Vito's 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.



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

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* SpitefulSpit: Sonny spits on the identification of an FBIAgent who is posted outside of Connie's wedding. Connie tries this when confronting Michael about Carlo's death, but she's too distraught to work up any saliva.
26th Aug '16 7:35:24 AM DoctorNemesis
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** In the novel ''every'' cop is either on the take, experts in PoliceBrutality (like ex-cop Al Neri) or both. That said, they [[EvenEvilHasStandards have their own code of honor]] as to what constitutes "clean" graft and what's beyond the pale: taking a bribe to look the other way for prostitution or gambling or speeding tickets is one thing; getting involved in drugs or murder is quite another. Thus, in the novel, the NYPD loses a lot of their will to avenge [=McCluskey=] when they find out he was working with the Mob to set up a hard-drugs operation.

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** In the novel ''every'' cop is either on the take, experts in PoliceBrutality (like ex-cop Al Neri) or both. That said, they [[EvenEvilHasStandards have their own code of honor]] as to what constitutes "clean" graft and what's beyond the pale: taking a bribe to look the other way for prostitution or gambling or speeding tickets is one thing; getting involved in drugs or murder is quite another. Thus, in the novel, the NYPD loses a lot of their will to avenge [=McCluskey=] when they find out he was working with the Mob to set up a hard-drugs operation. The Corleones also exploit this through the media, with plenty of stories emphasising McCluskey's 'hard' corruption ensuring that the public aren't exactly crying out for his killer to be found and punished either.
26th Aug '16 4:29:25 AM DoctorNemesis
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** Luca Brasi's introduction scene plays with this, in that it doesn't exactly establish his character as much as it reinforces his employer's. We first see this hulking, physically imposing enforcer nervously rehearsing for his audience with Vito Corleone, only to completely flub it when he's actually in the room. As [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20096_6-iconic-movie-scenes-that-happened-by-accident.html Cracked.com]] notes, it reminds us that it's not the thug we should be intimidated by -- it's the man who gives the thug his orders.
5th Aug '16 8:00:40 PM DrOO7
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** Sonny can be heard matter-of-factly tossing off the n-word during a conversation, reflective of the racism that was rampant both at the time and within the Italian mafia.
25th Jul '16 2:04:30 AM TrollBrutal
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* LaResistance: The [[UsefulNotes/FidelCastro Cuban revolutionaries]], whose chances of success, derailing the business, are properly evaluated by Michael.


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* LaResistance: The [[UsefulNotes/FidelCastro Cuban revolutionaries]], whose chances of success, derailing the business, are properly evaluated by Michael.
21st Jul '16 2:19:23 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* BulletProofVest: Luca Brasi is GenreSavvy enough to wear one when going to speak to The Turk. [[spoiler: It doesn't help, since he gets garroted instead and then sleeps with the fishes, but it's not like he could have discreetly worn a gorget.]]

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* BulletProofVest: Luca Brasi is GenreSavvy enough to wear wears one when going to speak to The Turk. [[spoiler: It doesn't help, since he gets garroted instead and then sleeps with the fishes, but it's not like he could have discreetly worn a gorget.]]



* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Vito and Michael are aware of many of the trades and tropes of his profession, invoke some of them and make plans and gambits accordingly, hence their success. Many examples in this page: For instance Michael sends Vincent as a FakeDefector in ''Part III'' but -- unlike Luca Brasi -- with some dispositions to avoid being smelled as one.



** Michael puts Vincent under the tutelage of Don Altobello in ''Part III'' . Michael is DangerouslyGenreSavvy and takes some precautions to avoid an obvious identification of the trope.

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** Michael puts Vincent under the tutelage of Don Altobello in ''Part III'' . Michael is DangerouslyGenreSavvy and takes some precautions to avoid an obvious identification of the trope.



* GenreSavvy: Luca Brasi wears a bullet proof vest when he goes to meet with The Turk. [[spoiler: It does not help against a knife through the hand and a garrote, but give a mook credit for trying.]]
16th Jul '16 9:20:34 AM JackG
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* RoyalBlood: The Corleones are one of the Royal Families of the criminal underworld; Vito, the self made man founder of the dynasty ascends from RagsToRoyalty and his successors are his direct descendants. Sonny, the heir and first regent has shades of TheCaligula (he is shown more competent in the novel and the recut) and the third Don is his [[HeroicBastard bastard son]]. The saga starts during the wedding of the MafiaPrincess, Michael ends up as the UnexpectedSuccessor and he finally [[AbdicateTheThrone abdicates]]

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* RoyalBlood: The Corleones are one of the Royal Families of the criminal underworld; Vito, the self made man founder of the dynasty ascends from RagsToRoyalty and his successors are his direct descendants. Sonny, the heir and first regent has shades of TheCaligula (he is shown more competent in the novel and the recut) and the third Don is his [[HeroicBastard bastard son]]. The saga starts during the wedding of the MafiaPrincess, Michael ends up as the UnexpectedSuccessor and he finally [[AbdicateTheThrone abdicates]]abdicates]].
* SayingTooMuch: Fredo 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.
7th Jul '16 5:57:10 PM WillBGood
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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' 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'' ''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."
7th Jul '16 9:39:00 AM kraas
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** Don Emilio Barzini wants to get blacks hooked on heroin. Another Don agrees: "They're animals anyway, let them lose their souls." (In the book the other dons have no problem with this attitude, they just don't think it should be discussed. You do business with blacks, but you don't talk about it.)

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** Don Emilio Barzini wants to get blacks hooked on heroin. Another Don agrees: "They're animals anyway, let them lose their souls." (In the book the other dons have no problem with this attitude, they just don't think it should be discussed. You do business with blacks, but you don't talk about it.it; the main reason they gave for this disdain is that there were no black gangs as powerful or as organized as "cosa nostra".)
7th Jul '16 9:22:46 AM kraas
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** In the book, it is explained that this was Don Vito's technique: if the person they are trying to make a deal with rejected their first offer, Vito would then propose a second, lower offer. This was intended to send a message that if the new terms are refused, things are soon going to become very unpleasant for the refuser.
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