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The Godfather Plot.pdf

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The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather 
is a 1972 crime film based on the novel of the same name by Mario Puzo anddirected by Francis Ford Coppola, with screenplay by Puzo and Coppola. The film starsMarlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton and James Caan. The story spansten years from late 1945 to 1955 and chronicles the life of the Corleone crime family. The Godfather was initially ranked as the third greatest film in American cinematic history(behind Citizen Kane and Casablanca) on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies list by the AmericanFilm Institute. It has now been re-ranked number two under Citizen Kane, with number three being Casablanca. It is also the top movie on Internet Movie Database's Top 250 list, as wellas Metacritic's top 100 list and Rotten Tomatoes' all-time best list.Two sequels followed,
 in 1974 and The Godfather Part III in 1990.
The film begins at the wedding of Don Vito Corleone's daughter Connie to Carlo Rizzi in New York City in late summer of 1945. Because "no Sicilian can refuse a request on hisdaughter's wedding day", Corleone, known to his friends and associates as "Godfather", andTom Hagen (the Corleone family consigliere, or counselor) are preoccupied with hearingrequests from friends and associates. Meanwhile, the Don's youngest son Michael, who hasreturned from World War II service as a highly decorated war hero, tells his girlfriend KayAdams anecdotes about his father's criminal life, reassuring her that he is not like his family.Among the guests at the celebration is the famous singer Johnny Fontane, Corleone's godson,who has come from Hollywood to petition the Godfather's help in landing a movie role thatwill revitalize his flagging career. Jack Woltz, the head of the studio, will not give Fontanethe part, but Don Corleone explains to Johnny: "I'll make him an offer he can't refuse." Hagenis dispatched to California to fix the problem, but Woltz angrily tells him that he will never cast Fontane in the role, for which he is perfect, because Fontane seduced and "ruined" astarlet that Woltz favored. The next morning, Woltz wakes up to find the bloody severed headof his prize stud horse in the bed with him.Upon Hagen's return, the family meets with heroin dealer Virgil "The Turk" Sollozzo, who is being backed by the rival Tattaglia family. He asks Don Corleone for political and legal protection, as well as financing to start the mass importation and distribution of heroin, butdespite the huge amount of money to be made, Corleone refuses, explaining that his politicalinfluence would be jeopardized by a move into the narcotics trade. The Don's oldest son,hotheaded Sonny, who had earlier expressed to the Don his support of the family enteringinto the narcotics trade, breaks ranks during the meeting and questions Sollozzo's assurancesas to the Corleone Family's investment being guaranteed by the Tattaglia Family. His father,angry at Sonny's dissension in front of a non-family member, later privately rebukes him.Don Corleone then dispatches his aide, Luca Brasi, to infiltrate Sollozzo's organization andreport back with information.Soon after Don Corleone's refusal, he is shot several times in an assassination attempt at alocal market. It is not publicly known whether he survived. Meanwhile, Sollozzo and theTattaglias kill Luca Brasi. Sollozzo then abducts and persuades Tom Hagen to offer Sonnythe deal previously offered to his father. Sollozzo reasons that Sonny is more amenable to thedeal than was his father, and that with Don Corleone out of the way, Sonny will accept thedeal. Enraged, Sonny refuses to consider the deal, promising a war with the Tattaglias and
Sollozzo.Michael, who is considered a "civilian" (not involved in the mob business) by the other mafiafamilies and therefore able to live a more normal life, visits his father in the hospital. He isimmediately shocked to find that there are no police officers or Corleone Family menguarding him. Realizing that his father is again being set up to be killed, he calls Sonny witha report, then moves his father to another room. He then goes outside to watch the door. Withthe help of an overwhelmed Enzo (the baker), who feels indebted to the Don, he bluffs awaySollozzo's men. Police cars soon arrive with the corrupt Captain McCluskey, who breaksMichael's jaw after he insinuates that McCluskey is being paid by Sollozzo to set up hisfather. Just then, Hagen shows up with "private detectives" licensed to carry guns to protectDon Corleone, and takes Michael home.Following the attempt on the Don's life at the hospital, Sollozzo and Captain McCluskey,who is acting as Sollozzo's bodyguard, request a meeting with Michael under the auspices of ameliorating their differences. Michael volunteers to kill both men during the meeting, whichinitially amuses Sonny and the other senior members of the Corleone family, with Sonnyadmonishing him for reacting too personally and emotionally. However, Michael convincesthem that killing Sollozo and McCluskey is in the family's interest ("It's not personal. It'sstrictly business."). The meeting between Michael and Sollozzo, with McCluskey attending,is arranged at a quiet, local restaurant, as requested by Michael so he will "feel safe". Michaelexcuses himself to go to the restroom, retrieves a planted revolver, and assassinates Sollozzoand McCluskey with near-point-blank-range shots to the head. To avoid his arrest for themurders, Michael is sent to Sicily while the Corleone family prepares for all-out warfare withthe rest of the Five Families, who unite against the Corleones, as well as a generalclampdown on the mob by the police and government authorities.While in Sicily, Michael lives under the protection of Don Tommasino, an old friend of thefamily. While there, he falls in love with and marries a local girl, Apollonia, who issubsequently murdered during an attempt on Michael's life.Meanwhile, back in New York, Don Corleone returns home from the hospital and isdistraught to learn that Michael was the one who killed Sollozzo and McCluskey. Somemonths later, in 1948, Sonny severely beats Carlo for brutalizing the expectant Connie, andthreatens to kill Carlo the next time he abuses her. The next time Carlo beats her, Sonnydrives off alone to fulfill his threat. On the way, he is ambushed and Tommy-gunned to deathat the causeway tollbooth.Instead of seeking revenge for Sonny's killing, Don Corleone meets with the heads of theFive Families to arrange an end to the war. Not only is it draining all of their assets andthreatening their survival, but ending the conflict is the only way that Michael can returnhome safely. Reversing his previous decision, Vito agrees that the Corleone family will provide political protection for Philip Tattaglia's traffic in heroin. At the meeting, DonCorleone realizes that Don Barzini, not Tattaglia, was responsible for the mob war andSonny's death.With his safety guaranteed, Michael returns from Sicily. More than a year later, he reuniteswith his former girlfriend, Kay, telling her that he wants to marry her. With the Don semi-retired, Sonny dead and middle brother Fredo considered incapable of running the family business, Michael is now in charge, and he claims that the family business will soon becompletely legitimate.

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