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Tear Jerker: The Godfather
The Godfather
  • Vito torn by the news of Michael being the one who killed Sollozzo and McClusky.
  • Vito's reaction to seeing Sonny's body:
    Vito: -weeping- Look how they massacred my boy...
  • From the very first scene:
    Bonasera: They made her drink whiskey. And then they tried to take advantage of her. She resisted. She kept her honor. So they beat her, like an animal. When I went to the hospital, her nose was broken. Her jaw was shattered, held together by wire. She couldn't even weep because of the pain. But I wept. Why did I weep? She was the light of my life — beautiful girl. Now she will never be beautiful again.
  • Tom Hagen's reaction to Sonny's death. Particularly in the novel, where it's detailed that he feels as if he has failed.

Part II
  • Right after it's revealed Kay had an abortion so she wouldn't have to bring another child into the Corleone's ruthless world, the scene fades into a flashback of baby Fredo suffering from pneumonia, crying hysterically and Vito tearing up outside the door, feeling helpless. It's such a heartbreaking sequence, showing how much parents want to protect their children from experiencing pain and hardship.
    • Even before then, Michael slapping and shouting at Kay sounded more like he was scared than he was mad about losing his kids.
    Michael: BITCH! [Beat] You won't take my children.
    Kay: I wil —
    Kay: They're my children too...
  • Shortly after Fredo is murdered, we cut to a flashback from 1941, where Michael gets criticized by Tom and Sonny for his decision to join the marines. The only one that supports him is Fredo.

Part III
  • A one-two punch with Mary's death, followed by Michael Dying Alone
    • Not to mention the montage between the two tear jerkers featuring all the women Michael has lost - Appolonia, Mary, and, in a sense, Kay.
    • If one interprets the movie by the original title suggested by Coppola, The Death of Michael Corleone, then the entire movie is one big Tearjerker.
  • Speaking of Apollonia, Michael's flashback to their wedding day. When the flashback ends, he's in tears, showing that after all this time, he hasn't forgotten her.
  • Michael's confessional:
    Michael: I, uh, betrayed my wife. I betrayed myself. I've killed men, and I ordered men to be killed. No, it's useless. I killed... I ordered the death of my brother; he injured me. [He now begins to sob] I killed my mother's son. I killed my father's son.


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