History Headscratchers / TheGodfather

4th Jun '17 7:55:36 AM JC96
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* What was the point of Michael finally deciding to be godfather to Connie and Carlo's baby served [[spoiler: if he was gonna whack the latter, for his role in Sonny's death years earlier?]]

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* What was the point of Michael finally deciding to be godfather to Connie and Carlo's baby served [[spoiler: if he was gonna whack the latter, for his role in Sonny's death years earlier?]]
28th May '17 4:49:23 PM JC96
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* Why sent Rocco Lampone to [[spoiler: kill Hyman Roth at the airport, where's it's crawling with guards]] and knowing he has a shitty leg due to his service in WWII? I mean, you see after he did it, he tried to escape on said shitty leg but the guards got to him and killed him anyway.
28th May '17 4:17:42 PM JC96
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* What was the point of Michael finally deciding to be godfather to Connie and Carlo's baby served [[spoiler: if he was gonna whack the latter, for his role in Sonny's death years earlier?]]
21st May '17 6:37:02 AM NewVirginiaCreeper
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** The Bocchichio Family. They're not mentioned in the movie, but the novel talks about them a lot.

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** The Bocchichio Bocchicchio Family. They're not mentioned in the movie, but the novel talks about them a lot.lot.
*** Aha! Makes one wonder why they're not called "the Six Families."
20th May '17 9:15:53 PM WZZZTV
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** The Bocchichio Family. They're not mentioned in the movie, but the novel talks about them a lot.
18th May '17 7:39:08 AM NewVirginiaCreeper
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** There is a lot of confusion around the terminology. Take these lines: Tom: "Now if we don't get into it, somebody else will. Maybe one of the Five Families, maybe all of them." Tom: "It would be disastrous. All the Five Families would come after you, Sonny. The Corleone Family would be outcasts!" Vito: "I want you to arrange a meeting, with the heads of the Five Families." Michael: "And then I'll meet with Don Barzini -- and Tattaglia -- all of the heads of the Five Families..." All of these lines imply that the Corleones are not one of the Five Families, since at no point does anyone word it "the other Five Families" or something similar. Make of this what you will, because there's no other obvious candidate for a fifth family.
21st Jan '17 10:24:41 PM DoctorNemesis
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** Keep in mind that Sollozzo only has Vito shot after Vito tries to send Luca Brasi into his organisation undercover. He probably interpreted that as an overt threat and responded in kind, at which point the priorities changed. And Barzini's overarching goal was to weaken the overall power of the Corleones, with Sollozzo's business being more of a secondary priority.
2nd Jan '17 1:05:02 AM Oddstar6
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* How does Sollozzo's plan make any sense? He wants the Corleones to join his narcotics business so as to gain the political protection that the Corleones can offer. All well and good. But after he has Vito shot, it becomes clear that the political connections are not the assets of the Corleone family as an organization, but are rather the personal assets of Vito Corleone. Tom makes this clear when he tells Santino that if Vito dies, they lose all his political protection. So if Sollozzo succeeds in killing Vito, he destroys the very prize he's hoping to win. The only way to explain it would be that Sollozzo does not know that the political connections are Vito's alone, but surely he would have found that out in the course of researching the Corleones prior to offering them his deal. For that matter, surely Barzini would have known that.
12th Dec '16 6:03:06 PM benda
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*** And the novel makes it very clear that Hagen's position was indeed a major and unique exception:

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*** And the novel makes it very clear that Hagen's position appointment was indeed a major and unique exception:
12th Dec '16 6:02:07 PM benda
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*** And the novel makes it very clear that Hagen's position was indeed a major and unique exception:
--> Hagen had filled the Consigliereís post for the past year, ever since the cancer had imprisoned Genco Abbandando in his hospital bed. Now he waited to hear Don Corleone say the post was his permanently. The odds were against it. So high a position was traditionally given only to a man descended from two Italian parents. There had already been trouble about his temporary performance of the duties. Also, he was only thirty-five, not old enough, supposedly, to have acquired the necessary experience and cunning for a successful Consigliere... The Don had broken a long-standing tradition. The Consigliere was always a full-blooded Sicilian, and the fact that Hagen had been brought up as a member of the Donís family made no difference to that tradition. It was a question of blood. Only a Sicilian born to the ways of ormerta, the law of silence, could be trusted in the key post of Consigliere.
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