“The Godfather” quotes

(1972)
Movie The Godfather
Title The Godfather
Year 1972
Director Francis Ford Coppola
Genre Drama, Crime
Plot – The 1940s. As is customary, during the refreshments for celebrating the wedding of his daughter Conny with Carlo, the "godfather" Don Vito Corleone promises assistance and protection to his family and friends. He sends his stepson Tom Hagen in California to convince the producer Jack Woltz to hire the singer Johnny in his next film, but Woltz doesn’t agree, so Tom then forces him to accept with a "warning", killing his favorite race horse. Sollozzo, on behalf of the powerful "family" Tartaglia, asks Corleone financings and support for the drug trafficking. The rejection raises a bloody fight between the two clans: Don Vito himself is seriously injured and the youngest son Michael saves him from a second attack. Michael then, overstepping his impetuous brother Sonny and the temporizer Tom, organizes a meeting with Sollozzo and the corrupted police captain McCluskey and kills them both. Michael hides in Sicily to avoid revenge. Here the young man falls in love with Apollonia. When his wife dies in an attack and Sonny is killed by some rivals, he goes back to the US and participates in an useless attempt of general reconciliation between the different "families". Don Vito nominates Michael "godfather" who, after the death of his father, takes control with shocking resoluteness: among the victims of his cruel repression there are the famous Johnny and his brother-in-law.
All actors – Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard S. Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, Al Lettieri, Diane Keaton, Abe Vigoda, Talia Shire, Gianni Russo, John Cazale, Rudy Bond, Al Martino, Morgana King, Lenny Montana, John Martino, Salvatore Corsitto, Richard Bright, Alex Rocco, Tony Giorgio, Vito Scotti, Tere Livrano, Victor Rendina, Jeannie Linero, Julie Gregg, Ardell Sheridan, Simonetta Stefanelli, Angelo Infanti, Corrado Gaipa, Franco Citti, Saro Urzì, Max Brandt, Tybee Brascia, Carmine Coppola, Gian-Carlo Coppola, Italia Coppola, Roman Coppola, Sofia Coppola, Don Costello, Robert Dahdah, Gray Frederickson, Ron Gilbert, Anthony Gounaris, Joe Lo Grippo, Sonny Grosso, Louis Guss, Merril E. Joels, Randy Jurgensen, Peter Lemongello, Tony Lip, Frank Macetta, Lou Martini Jr., Raymond Martino, Joseph Medeglia, Carol Morley, Rick Petrucelli, Burt Richards, Sal Richards, Tom Rosqui, Nino Ruggeri, Frank Sivero, Filomena Spagnuolo, Joe Spinell, Gabriele Torrei, Nick Vallelonga, Ed Vantura, Matthew Vlahakis
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  • “Never hate your enemies, it affects your judgment.”
    Marlon Brando
     
  • “- Moe Greene: I got a business to run. I gotta kick asses sometimes to make it run right. We had a little argument, Freddy and me, so I had to straighten him out.
    - Michael Corleone: You straightened my brother out?
    - Moe Greene: He was banging cocktail waitresses two at a time! Players couldn't get a drink at the table!”

    Alex Rocco - Moe Greene
    Al Pacino - Michael Corleone
    [Tag:fighting, sex]
  • “- Fredo: Mike! You don't come to Las Vegas and talk to a man like Moe Greene like that!
    - Michael Corleone: Fredo, you're my older brother, and I love you. But don't ever take sides with anyone against the Family again. Ever.”

    John Cazale - Fredo
    Al Pacino - Michael Corleone
    [Tag:brothers, family]
  • “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.”
    [Tag:sharing]
  • “- Michael Corleone: This one time... this one time, I'll let you ask me about my affairs.
    - Kay Adams: Is it true? Is it?
    - Michael Corleone: No.
    [Kay Adams smiles and walks into his arms]
    - Kay Adams: I guess we both need a drink, huh? C'mon...
    [Kay Adams goes to the kitchen to fix a drink, and as she does, Peter Clemenza, Rocco Lampone, and Al...” (continue)
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    Al Pacino - Michael Corleone
    Diane Keaton - Kay Adams
    Richard S. Castellano - Clemenza
    [Tag:business, killing]
  • “- Don Vito Corleone: Tell me, do you spend time with your family?
    - Johnny Fontane: Sure I do.
    - Don Vito Corleone: Good. Because a man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man.”

    Marlon Brando - Don Vito Corleone
    Al Martino - Johnny Fontane
    [Tag:family, manhood]
  • “- Kay Adams: How did he do that?
    - Michael Corleone: My father made him an offer he couldn't refuse.
    - Kay Adams: What was that?
    - Michael Corleone: Luca Brasi held a gun to his head, and my father assured him that either his brains or his signature would be on the contract.”

    Diane Keaton - Kay Adams
    Al Pacino - Michael Corleone
    [Tag:threat]
  • “It's true I have a lot of friends in politics, but they wouldn't be so friendly if they knew my business was drugs instead of gambling which they consider a harmless vice. But drugs, that's a dirty business.”
    Marlon Brando - Don Vito Corleone
  • “A friend should always underestimate your virtues and an enemy overestimate your faults.”
    Marlon Brando - Don Vito Corleone
    [Tag:enemy, friends]
  • “- Don Vito Corleone: 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.
    - Johnny Fontane: Too late. They startshooting in a week.
    - Don Vito Corleone: I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse. Okay? I want you to leave it all to me. Go on, go back to the...” (continue)
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    Marlon Brando - Don Vito Corleone
    Al Martino - Johnny Fontane
    [Tag:movie, threat]
  • “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 are thinking again. Go on.”

    Marlon Brando - Don Vito Corleone
    [Tag:family, thinking]
  • “- Sonny Corleone: What the hell is this?
    - Clemenza: It's a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.”

    James Caan - Sonny Corleone
    Richard S. Castellano - Clemenza
    [Tag:fish, meaning, murder]
  • “- Bonasera: Yes. What do you want me to do?
    [the two walk into the embalming room, where a corpse lies on a table]
    - Don Vito Corleone: [staring at the table] I want you to use all your powers, and all your skills. I don't want his mother to see him this way.
    [he draws back the sheet to reveal, to a horrified Bonasera, the bullet-smashed face of...” (continue)
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    Salvatore Corsitto - Bonasera
    Marlon Brando - Don Vito Corleone
    [Tag:ability, murder, son]
  • “- Don Vito Corleone: My wife is crying upstairs. I hear cars coming to the house. Consigliore of mine, I think it's time you told your Don what everyone seems to know.
    - Tom Hagen: I didn't tell Mama anything. I was just about to come up and wake you so that I could tell you.
    - Don Vito Corleone: But you needed a drink first.
    [Hagen nods]
    - Don...” (continue)
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    Marlon Brando - Don Vito Corleone
    Robert Duvall - Tom Hagen
    [Tag:drinking, murder]
  • “In Sicily, women are more dangerous than shotguns.”
    Franco Citti - Calo
    [Tag:danger, italy, women]
  • “I spent my whole life trying not to be careless. Women and children can afford to be careless, but not men.”
    Marlon Brando - Don Vito Corleone
    [Tag:caring, manhood]
  • “Times 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.”
    Richard Conte - Barzini
    [Tag:friendship, past]
  • Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.”

    Richard S. Castellano - Clemenza
    [Tag:food, murder, weapons]
  • “Some day, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me. But until that day, consider this justice a gift on my daughter's wedding day.”

    Marlon Brando - Don Vito Corleone
    [Tag:gift]
  • Revenge is a dish best served cold.”
    Marlon Brando - Don Vito Corleone
    [Tag:revenge]
  • “I don't want it near schools! I don't want it sold to children! That's an infamia. In my city, we would keep the traffic in the dark people, the coloreds. They're animals anyway, so let them lose their souls.”

    Louis Guss - Don Zaluchi
    [Tag:drugs, soul]
  • “I don't like violence, Tom. I'm a businessman, blood is a big expense.”
    Al Lettieri - Sollozzo
  • “- Michael Corleone: My father is no different than any powerful man, any man with power, like a president or senator.
    - Kay Adams: Do you know how naive you sound, Michael? Presidents and senators don't have men killed.
    - Michael Corleone: Oh. Who's being naive, Kay?”

    Al Pacino - Michael Corleone
    Diane Keaton - Kay Adams
    [Tag:crime, father, power]
  • “Some people will pay a lot of money for that information; but then your daughter would lose a father, instead of gaining a husband.”

    Al Pacino - Michael Corleone
    [Tag:father, killing, money]
  • “You touch my sister again, I'll kill you.”

    Al Pacino - Michael Corleone
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