have become so popular that you would probably still recognize the
quotes and lines from this movie even if you have never watched the
film from start to finish. Quotes
such as "I'm
gonna make him an offer he
and countless other lines from this movie have been copied
many times in
comedy movies, sketches, commercials, etc. that it’s now
become part of our culture and it is one of the most iconic movies
ever made. To
sample the superiority of The
here are the
Francis Ford Coppola
Written by: Mario Puzo (novel &
Marlon Brando - Don
Al Pacino - Michael Corleone
James Caan - Santino 'Sonny' Corleone
Richard S. Castellano - Peter Clemenza Robert Duvall - Tom Hagen
Sterling Hayden - Capt. McCluskey
John Marley - Jack Woltz
Richard Conte - Don Emilio Barzini
Al Lettieri - Virgil 'The Turk' Sollozzo
Diane Keaton - Kay Adams
Abe Vigoda - Sal Tessio
Talia Shire - Connie Corleone Rizzi
Gianni Russo - Carlo Rizzi
John Cazale - Fredo Corleone
Rudy Bond - Don Carmine Cuneo
I believe in America. America has made my fortune. And I raised my
daughter in the American fashion. I gave her freedom but I taught her
never to dishonor her family. She found a "boyfriend," not an Italian.
She went to the movies with him. She stayed out late. I didn't protest.
Two months ago he took her for a drive, with another boyfriend. 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. A beautiful girl.
Now she will never be beautiful again.
[He breaks down at this
point, and the Don gestures to his son to get him a drink]
did you go to the police? Why didn't you come to me first?
What do you want of me? Tell me anything. But do what I beg you to do.
What is that?
[Bonasera gets up from
his seat and whispers into the Don's ear; for a long moment the Don is
That I cannot do.
will give you anything you ask!
[the Don upon
the title lifts his hand and a humbled Bonasera kisses the ring on it]
day, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a
service for me. But until that day, accept this justice as a gift on my
daughter's wedding day.
offers his thanks and leaves]
[to Hagen] Give
this to Clemenza. I want reliable people, people who aren't going
to be carried away. I mean, we're not murderers, in spite of what this
Family poses for
the wedding photo]
worry. He'll be here.
We're not taking the picture without Michael.
I have to
get back to work. It's part of the wedding. No Sicilian can refuse a
request on his daughter's wedding day.
Don Corleone, I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to
your daughter's wedding... on the day of your daughter's wedding. And I
hope that their first child be a masculine child. I pledge my
Johnny was first starting out, he was signed to this personal
services contract with a big band leader. And as his career got
better and better, he wanted to get out
of it. Now, Johnny is my
father's godson and my father went
to see this band leader and offered him $10,000 to let Johnny go, but
the band leader said no. So the next day, my father went to see him,
time with Luca Brasi and within an hour he signed the
release for a
certified check of $1000.
How did he do that?
made him an offer he couldn't refuse.
What was that?
Brasi held a gun to his head, and my father assured him that either his
brains or his signature would be on the contract. That's a
[cut to Johnny singing
again for about 10 more seconds before going back to Michael]
my family Kay, that's not me.
A month ago he bought the rights to this book, a best seller. The main
character is a guy just like me. I wouldn't even have to act, just be
myself. Oh, Godfather, I don't know what to do, I don't know what to
[all of a sudden, Don
Corleone rises from his chair and gives Fontane a savage shake]
You can act like a man!
[gives a quick slap to
What's the matter with you? Is this how you turn out, a Hollywood
finocchio that cries like a woman? "Oh, what can I do? What
can I do?"
What is that nonsense? Ridiculous!
[the Don's unexpected
mimicry makes Hagen and even Fontane laugh; around this time Sonny
Do you spend time with your family?
Sure I do.
Good. Because a man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be
a real man.
[gives a quick look at
Sonny and affectionately embraces Fontane]
You look terrible. I want you to eat, I want you to rest well and a
month from now this Hollywood big shot's gonna give you what you want.
Too late. They start shooting in a week.
I'm gonna make him an offer he won't refuse. Now just go outside and
enjoy yourself. Forget all this nonsense. Listen, I want you to leave
it all to me.
Corleone is Johnny Fontane's godfather to the Italian people that's a
very sacred religious relationship.
I respect that. Tell him he can ask me anything else, but this is one
favor I can't give him.
He never asks a second favor once he's refused the first,
You don't understand. Johnny Fontane never gets that movie. That part
is perfect for him. It'll make
him a big star. Now I'm gonna run him
out of the business, and let me tell you why. Johnny Fontane
ruined one of Woltz Internationals most valuable proteges. For five
years we had her under training, singing lessons, acting
lessons, dancing lessons. I spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on
her. I was gonna make her a big star. And let me be even more frank,
just to show you that I'm not a hard-hearted man, that it's not all
dollars and cents. She was beautiful, she was young, she was innocent,
she was the greatest piece of ass I've ever had, and I've had 'em all
over the world. And then Johnny Fontane comes along with his olive oil
voice and guinea charm and she runs off. She threw it all away just to
make me look ridiculous. And a man in my position can't afford to be
made to look ridiculous. Now you get the hell out of here. And
if that gumba tries any rough stuff you tell him I
ain't no band leader. Yeah, I heard that story.
[Hagen has been calmly
eating his meal throughout Woltz's tirade]
Thank you for the dinner and a very pleasant evening. If your
car could take me to the airport. Mr Corleone is a man who insists on
hearing bad news immediately.
[next morning Jack Woltz
wakes up to find his horses head in his bed]
I said that I would see you because I had heard that you were a serious
man, to be treated with respect. But I must say no to you and I'll
give you my reasons. It's true I have a lot of friends in politics, but
they wouldn't be friendly very long if they knew that my business was
of gambling which they regard as a harmless vice. But drugs is a
worried about security for your million, the Tattaglias will
Whoa, now, you're telling me that the Tattaglias guarantee our
Wait a minute.
Don gives his son a cold stare, freezing Sonny into silence]
I have a
sentimental weakness for my children and I spoil them, as you
can see. They talk when they should listen. Anyway, Signor Sollozzo, my
no is final and I wish to congratulate you on your new
I'm sure you'll do very well and good luck with that. Especially since
your interests don't conflict with mine. Thank you.
Santino, come here. What's
the matter with you? I think your brain is going soft with all
that comedy you are playing with that young girl. Never tell anyone
outside the Family what you're thinking again. Go on.
I'm a little worried about this Sollozzo fellow. I want you to find out
what he's got under his fingernails, you know. Go to the Tattaglias,
and make them think that you're not too happy with our Family,
and find out what you can.
like violence, Tom. I'm a businessman; blood is a big expense.
alive. They hit him with five shots and he's still alive!
shouldn't get Mike mixed up in this too directly...
[Tessio brings in Luca
Brasi's bulletproof vest, delivered with a fish
What the hell is this?
It's a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.
running wild. He's thinking of going to the mattresses already. We
find this spot on the west side.
Rocco who has killed Paulie in the car]
Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.
Oh, Paulie...you won't see him no more.
and I are going to move my father to another room, now can you
disconnect those tubes so we can move the bed out?
That's out of the question.
know my father? Men are coming here to kill him. You understand? Now
help me, please.
here pop. I'll take care of you now. I'm with you now. I'm
[he takes the Don's hand
and kisses it, the Don begins to cry]
Michael, whose face is
Hey Michael, come
here. Let me look at you.
You're beautiful, beautiful, your gorgeous. Hey, listen to this. The
Turk wants to talk. You believe the nerve on this son of a bitch hey?
He craps out last night and now he wants to have a meetin' today.
What did he say?
he say, badda-beep, badda-boop, badda-boop, badda-beep, he wants us to
send Michael to hear the proposition and the promise is the deal is so
good we can't refuse, hey.
are you gonna do? Nice college boy, didn't want to get mixed up in the
family business. Now you wanna gun down a police captain cause
he slapped you in the face a little bit? Ha? What do you think this the
Army where you can shoot 'em a mile away? You gotta get close
like this, and badda-bing and blow their brains all over your nice Ivy
League suit. C'mere.
[Kisses Michael on the
taking this very personal. Tom, this is business and this man is taking
it very, very personal.
Where does it say that you can't kill a cop?
Come on, Mikey...
Tom, wait a minute. I'm talking about a cop that's mixed up in drugs.
I'm talking about a - a - a dishonest cop - a crooked cop who got mixed
up in the rackets and got what was coming. That's a terrific story. And
we have newspaper people who are on the payroll, don't we Tom?
they might like a story like that.
They might, they just might.
It's not personal. It's strictly business.
want somebody good - and I mean very good - to plant that gun. I don't
want my brother coming out of that toilet with just his dick in his
The gun'll be there.
What I want... what's most important to me is that I have a guarantee.
No more attempts on my father's life.
What guarantees could I give you, Mike? I'm the hunted one. I've missed
my chance. You think too much of me, kid. I am not that clever. All I
want is a truce.
have to go to the bathroom. Is that all right?
You gotta go, you gotta go.
gets up, but a
suspicious Sollozzo probes Michael's crotch, to Michael's offense]
I frisked him. He's clean.
Don't take too long...
[Michael heads to the
I frisked a
thousand young punks.
goes to bathroom gets the gun comes back to the table, Solllozo starts
talking to him in Sicillian, Michael listens and tries to
eye contact, then suddenly he gets up and shoots both Sollozzo
he... did Clemenza tell you to drop the gun?
a million times.
Michael notices Apollonia
Vitelli for the first time]
women are more dangerous than shotguns.
[speaking with the
Apollonia, who he plans to marry]
apologize if I offended you. I'm a stranger in this country and I meant
no disrespect to you or your daughter. I'm an American hiding in
Sicily. My name is Michael Corleone. There are people who would pay a
lot of money for that information, but then your daughter would lose a
father, instead of gaining a husband.
pays a visit to his
sister Connie. He is surprised to find her subdued and evasive]
the matter? Huh? What's the matter?
[he looks at her swollen
face and understands what has happened. He pulls away to go after
Carl but Connie tries to stop him]
was my fault!
Where is he?
[Connie's weeping with
please. Sonny, it was my fault. Sonny it was my fault. I hit him. I
started a fight with
him. Please, Sonny...
[Sonny, now under
control, hushes her and kisses her forehead]
Okay... I'm just gonna get a doctor to come down and take a
Sonny, please don't do anything. Please don't do anything. Please.
What's the matter with you? What am I gonna do? Am I gonna
make that baby an orphan before he's born? Huh?
[cut to Sonny beating up
Carlo in the street]
Sonny beats up Carlo
Rizzi for hitting Connie]
touch my sister again, I'll kill you.
Dinner's on the table.
I'm not hungry yet.
food is on the table. It's getting cold.
I'll eat out later.
just told me to make you dinner!
Hey, vaffunculo, eh?
which they have a huge fight]
[after told Sonny about
her fight with her
Son of a bitch. SON
[on the drive to get to
gets assassinated at
the causeway toll booth]
midnight, Don Corleone walks
into his office and finds Tom Hagen taking a drink]
Give me a drop.
[Hagen hands the Don his
My wife is crying upstairs. I hear cars coming to the house.
Consigliere of mine, I think you should tell your Don what
seems to know.
didn't tell Mama anything. I was just about to come up and wake you
just now and tell you.
But you needed a drink first.
now you've had your drink.
They shot Sonny on the causeway. He's dead.
[the Don starts to cry]
want no inquiries made. I want no acts of vengeance. I want you to
arrange a meeting with the heads of the Five Families. This war stops
[the Don gets up from
Bonasera. We need him now.
the funeral parlor
Well, my friend, are you ready to do me this service?
Yes. What do you want me to do?
[the two walk to towards
the corpse on a table]
I want you
to use all your powers,
and all the skills. I don't want
his mother to see him this way.
[the Don draws back the
to reveal, to a horrified Bonasera, the bullet-smashed face of Sonny]
they massacred my boy.
Apollonia to drive,
then speaking in Sicillian]
safer to teach you English!
[Apollonia replies in
Tuesday, Thursday, Wednesday,
have changed. It's not like the Old Days,
when we can do anything we want. A refusal is not the act of a friend.
If Don Corleone had all the judges, and the politicians in New York,
then he must share them, or let us others use them. He must let us draw
the water from the well. Certainly he can present a bill for such
services; after all... we are not Communists.
[during the meeting with
the Five Families]
talk about vengeance. Is vengeance going to bring your son back to you
or my boy to me? I forgo the vengeance of my son. But I have selfish
reasons, my youngest son was forced to leave this country because
of this Sollozzo business.
All right, now I have to make arrangements
to bring him back here safely cleared of all these
false charges. But I'm a superstitious man and if some unlucky
should befall him, if he should get shot in the head by a police
officer, or if should hang himself in his jail cell, or if he's struck
by a bolt of lightening, then I'm going to blame some of the people in
this room, and that I do not forgive. But, that aside, let me say that
swear, on the souls of my grandchildren, that I will not be the one to
break the peace we have made here today.
working for my father now Kay. He's been sick, very sick.
But you're not like him Michael. I thought you weren't going to become
a man like your father. That's what you told me.
father is no different than any other powerful man, any man who is
responsible for other people, like
a senator or a president.
You know how naive you sound?
and presidents don't
have men killed.
Who's being naive, Kay?
Michael is now head of the family and if gives his permission then you
have my blessing.
we make the move to Nevada you can break off from the Corleone Family
and go on your own. After we make the move to Nevada.
How long will that be?
Forgive me, Godfather, but with you gone me and Pete will come under
Barzini's thumb sooner or later.
And I hate that Goddamn Barzini. In six months time there won't be
nothin' left to build on.
Do you have faith in my judgment?
Do I have your loyalty?
Yes, always Godfather.
be a friend to Michael. Do as he says.
am I out?
not a wartime Consiglieri, Tom. Things may get rough with the moves
[motion for Tom to
sit next to him]
Tom, I advised Michael. I never thought you
were a bad Consiglieri. I
thought Santino was a bad Don, rest in peace. Michael has all my
confidence as..as do you. But there are reasons why you must have no
part nothing in what's going to happen.
Maybe I could help.
Corleone family is thinking of giving up all its interest in the
olive oil business, settling out here. Now Moe Greene will sell us his
share of the casino and the hotel so that it can be completely owned by
the family. Tom.
you sure about that? Moe, loves the business. Never said
nothin' to me about sellin'.
[Tom hands Michael
make him an offer he can't refuse. You see, Johnny, see we figure that
entertainment will be a big factor in drawing gamblers into the
casinos. Now we hope that you'll sign a contract to appear 5
times a year. Perhaps convince some of your friends in the movies to do
the same. We're counting on you.
Sure Mike, I'll do anything for my Godfather. You know that.
I got a business to run. I gotta kick asses sometimes to make it run
right. We had a little argument, Freddy and I, so I had to straighten
straightened my brother out?
He was banging cocktail waitresses two at a time! Players couldn't get
a drink at the table! What's wrong with you?
leave for New York tomorrow, think about a price.
you know who I am? I'm Moe Greene! I made my bones when you were going
out with cheerleaders!
minute Moe, Moe, I got an idea. Tom, now you're the Consiglieri and you
can talk to the Don, you can explain...
just a minute. Don is semi-retired and Mike is in charge of
the Family business now. If you have anything to say, say it to Michael.
[Moe Greene leaves]
come to Las Vegas
and talk to a man like Moe Greene
you're my older brother, and I love you. But don't ever take sides with
anyone against the Family again. Ever.
Barzini will move against you first. He'll set up a meeting
someone that you absolutely trust, guaranteeing
your safety. And at
that meeting, you'll be assassinated.
to drink wine more than I used to...
Anyway, I'm drinking more.
good for you, Pop.
you don't mind the way I keep going over this Barzini business.
not at all.
It's an old habit. I spent my life trying not to be careless.
Women and children can be careless, but not men.
You know, he looks more like you every day.
smarter than I am. Three years old and he can read the funny
Read the funny papers...
What's bothering you? I'll handle it. I told you I could handle it,
I'll handle it.
[the Don rises as if to
leave, but changes his mind midway and seats himself closer to Michael]
I knew that Santino was going to have to go through all this
Fredo...Fredo was... But I never, I never wanted this for you.
work my whole life, I
don't apologize to take care of my family. And I
refused to be a fool dancing on the strings held by all those big
shots. I don't apologize, that's my life. But I
when it was your time, that you would be the one to hold the strings.
Senator Corleone, Governor Corleone, something.
I don't know. There wasn't enough time, Michael. There wasn't enough
get there, Pop. We'll get there.
[the Don kisses Michael
Listen, whoever comes to you with this Barzini meeting, he's the
traitor. Don't forget that.
how they're gonna come at you?
They're arranging a meeting in Brooklyn. Tessio's
Where I'll be safe.
[Tom is silent for a
always thought it would have been Clemenza not Tessio.
the smart move. Tessio was always smarter. But I'm gonna wait, after
the Baptism. I've decided to be Godfather to Connie's baby. And then I
meet the Don Barzini and Tattaglias, all the heads of the Five Families.
Michael, Francis Rizzi, do you renounce Satan?
I do renounce him.
And all his works?
Michael Corleone: I
do renounce them.
[in between the
the assassinations of the five families are taking place]
[speaking to Carlo]
don't tell me you're innocent. Because it insults my intelligence.
Makes me very angry.
you lousy bastard. You
killed my husband! You waited until Papa died so nobody could
stop you and then you killed him! You blamed him for Sonny,
you always did, everybody did. But you never thought about me. You
never gave a dam about me. Now what am I going to do?
[Kay takes Connie in her
do you think he kept Carlo at the mall? All the time he knew he was
going to kill him. And you stood Godfather to our baby. You lousy cold
hearted bastard. I don't know how many men he had killed! Connie read
papers. Read the papers! That's your husband! That's your husband!
[Michael takes Connie
into her arms, but she goes wild again and tries to attack him]
Take her upstairs. Get her a doctor.
grab Connie and pull her out of the office]
Don't ask me about my business, Kay.
Is it true?
Don't ask me about my business.
[slaming his desk]
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right. This one time. This one time I'll let you ask me about my
Is it true? Is it?
[Kay smiles and
into his arms]
guess we both need a drink, huh?
[Kay goes to the
to fix a drink, then looks up and sees Clemenza, Rocco Lampone
and Al Neri
enter Michael's office]
Michael's hand, and Neri shuts the door in her face]
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