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Monday, June 11, 2007

The Godfather

Plot summary

The story begins as "Don" Vito Corleone, the head of a New York Mafia "family", oversees his daughter's wedding. His beloved son Michael has just come home from the war, but does not intend to become part of his father's business. Through Michael's life the nature of the family business becomes clear. The business of the family is just like the head of the family, kind and benevolent to those who give respect, but given to ruthless violence whenever anything stands against the good of the family. Don Vito lives his life in the way of the old country, but times are changing and some don't want to follow the old ways and look out for community and "family". An up and coming rival of the Corleone family wants to start selling drugs in New York, and needs the Don's influence to further his plan. The clash of the Don's fading old world values and the new ways will demand a terrible price, especially from Michael, all for the sake of the family. Written by Charlie Ness

Vito Corleone is the aging don (head) of the Corleone Mafia Family. His youngest son Michael has returned from WWII just in time to see the wedding of Connie Corleone (Michael's sister) to Carlo Rizzi. All of Michael's family is involved with the Mafia, but Michael just wants to live a normal life. Drug dealer Virgil Sollozzo is looking for Mafia Families to offer him protection in exchange for a profit of the drug money. He approaches Don Corleone about it, but, much against the advice of the Don's lawyer Tom Hagen, the Don is morally against the use of drugs, and turns down the offer. This does not please Sollozzo, who has the Don shot down by some of his hit men. The Don barely survives, which leads his son Michael to begin a violent mob war against Sollozzo and tears the Corleone family apart. Written by TheElfstone

Cast of The Godfather

Marlon Brando ... Don Vito Corleone

Al Pacino ... Michael Corleone

James Caan ... Santino 'Sonny' Corleone
Richard S. Castellano ... Pete Clemenza (as Richard Castellano)

Robert Duvall ... Tom Hagen
Sterling Hayden ... Capt. Mark McCluskey
John Marley ... Jack Woltz
Richard Conte ... Emilio Barzini
Al Lettieri ... Virgil 'The Turk' Sollozzo

Diane Keaton ... Kay Adams
Abe Vigoda ... Salvatore "Sally" Tessio

Talia Shire ... Connie Corleone Rizzi
Gianni Russo ... Carlo Rizzi

John Cazale ... Fredo Corleone
Rudy Bond ... Carmine Cuneo

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