The Godfather

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Year: 1972
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Number of Quotes: 78
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Jack Woltz: Now you listen to me, you smooth-talking son-of-a-bitch. Let me lay it on the line for you and your boss, whoever he is: Johnny Fontane will never get that movie. I don't care how many dago guinea wop greaseball goombahs come out of the woodwork!
Tom Hagen: I'm German-Irish.
Jack Woltz: Well, lemme tell ya something, my Kraut-Mick friend!
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Jack Woltz: You don't understand. Johnny Fontane never gets that movie. That part is perfect for him, it'll make him a big star, and I'm gonna run him out of the business - and let me tell you why: Johnny Fontane ruined one of Woltz International's most valuable proteges. For three years we had her under contract - singing lessons, dancing lessons, acting lessons. I spent hundreds of thousands of dollars. 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, and that it's not all dollars and cents: She was beautiful; she was innocent. She was the greatest piece of ass I've ever had, and I've had it 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! No you get the hell out of here. And you tell that gumba that if he wants to try any rough stuff that I ain't no band leader. Yeah, I heard that story.
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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?
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Santino 'Sonny' Corleone: Hey, listen, I 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 hands, alright?
Peter Clemenza: The gun'll be there.
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Calo: In Sicily, women are more dangerous than shotguns.
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Santino 'Sonny' Corleone: Goddamn FBI don't respect nothin'.
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[after Michael gets off the phone with Kay, clearly too embarrassed to tell her he loves her]
Peter Clemenza: Mikey, why don't you tell that nice girl you love her? I love you with all-a my heart, if I don't see-a you again soon, I'm-a gonna die.
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[delivering his rehearsed speech]
Luca Brasi: 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 their first child be a masculine child. I pledge my ever-ending loyalty.
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Michael Corleone: Fredo, who are the girls?
Fredo Corleone: That's for you to find out.
Michael Corleone: Get rid of them, Fredo.
Fredo Corleone: Hey, Mike, uh...
Michael Corleone: I'm here on business I leave tomorrow now get rid of them. Come on, I'm tired. Get rid of the band, too.
[Fredo chases everyone out of the room]
Michael Corleone: What happened to Moe Greene?
Fredo Corleone: He had business. He said give him a call. Once the party started.
Michael Corleone: Well, give him a call. Hello, Johnny.
Johnny Fontane: Mike, it's nice to see you again.
Michael Corleone: We're all proud of you. Sit down, Johnny, I want to talk to you. The Don's proud of you, too.
Johnny Fontane: Well, I owe it all to him.
Michael Corleone: He knows how grateful you are. That's why he'd like to ask a favor.
Johnny Fontane: Mike, what can I do?
Michael Corleone: The Corleone family is thinking of giving up all of its interest in the olive oil business, settling out here. Now Moe Greene will sell us his share of the hotel and the casino so that it can be completely owned by the family. Tom.
[Hagen hands Michael some papers]
Fredo Corleone: Hey, Mike, are you sure about that? I mean, Moe, loves the business. He never said anything to me about sellin'.
Michael Corleone: I'll make him an offer he can't refuse. You see, Johnny, we feel that entertainment is going to be a big factor in drawing gamblers into the casinos. We're hoping that you'll sign a contract agreeing to appear 5 times a year. Perhaps convince some of your friends in the movies to do the same. We're counting on you, Johnny.
Johnny Fontane: Sure, Mike, I'll do anything for my Godfather. You know that.
Michael Corleone: Good.
Moe Greene: Hey, Mike! Everybody's here. There's Tom. Freddie. Good to see you, Mike.
Michael Corleone: How are you, Moe?
Moe Greene: You got everything you need? The chef cooked for you special, the dancers will kick your tongue out and your credit is good. Draw chips for everyone in the room so they can play on the house.
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Sal Tessio: Barzini's people chisle my territory and we do nothing about it. Pretty soon there won't be anyplace in Brooklyn that I can hang my hat.
Michael Corleone: Try and be patient.
Peter Clemenza: I'm not asking for help, Mike, just take off the handcuffs.
Michael Corleone: Be patient.
Peter Clemenza: We gotta protect ourselves. At least give me the chance to recruit some new men.
Michael Corleone: No. I don't want to give Barzini any excuse to start fighting.
Sal Tessio: Mike, you're wrong.
Peter Clemenza: Don Corleone, you once said the day would come when me and Tessio could form our own families. Until today I would never think of such a thing but now I must ask your permission.
Don Vito Corleone: Well, Michael's head of the family now and if give his permission then you have my blessing.
Michael Corleone: After we make the move to Nevada you can break off from the Corleone Family and go off on your own. After we make the move to Nevada.
Peter Clemenza: How long will that take?
Michael Corleone: Six months.
Sal Tessio: Forgive me, Godfather, but with you gone me and Pete will come under Barzini's thumb sooner or later.
Peter Clemenza: And I hate that Goddamn Barzini. In six months time there won't be nothin' left to build on.
Don Vito Corleone: Do you have faith in my judgement?
Peter Clemenza: Yes.
Don Vito Corleone: Do I have your loyalty?
Peter Clemenza: Yes, always Godfather.
Don Vito Corleone: Then be a friend to Michael. Do as he says.
Michael Corleone: There are negotiations being made that are going to answer all of your questions and solve all of your problems. That's all I can tell you right now. Carlo, you grew up in Nevada. When we make our move there you're going to be my right hand man. Tom Hagen is no longer Consigliari. He's going to be our lawyer in Vegas. That's no reflection on Tom it's just the way I want it. Besides, if I ever help who's a better Consigliari than my father. That's it.
[Everyone except Hagen leaves]
Tom Hagen: Mike, why am I out?
Michael Corleone: You're not a wartime Consigliari, Tom. Things could get rough with the move we're making.
Don Vito Corleone: Tom, I advised Michael. I never thought you were a bad Consigliari. I thought Santino was a bad Don, rest in peace. Michael has all my confidence as do you. But there are reasons why you must have nothing to do with what's going to happen.
Tom Hagen: Maybe I could help.
Michael Corleone: You're out, Tom.
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Michael Corleone: My credit good enough to buy you out?
Moe Greene: Buy me out?
[Fredo laughs nervously]
Michael Corleone: The hotel, the casino. The Corleone Family wants to buy you out.
Moe Greene: The Corleone Family wants to buy me out? No, I buy you out, you don't buy me out.
Michael Corleone: Your casino loses money, maybe we can do better.
Moe Greene: You think I'm skimmin off the top, Mike?
Michael Corleone: [Michael shakes his head] You're unlucky.
Moe Greene: You goddamn guineas you really make me laugh. I do you a favor and take Freddie in when you're having a bad time, and now you're gonna try and push me out!
Michael Corleone: You took Freddie in because the Corleone Family bankrolled your casino, and the Molinari Family on the Coast guaranteed his safety. Now we're talking business, let's talk business.
Moe Greene: Yeah, let's talk business, Mike. First of all, you're all done. The Corleone Family don't even have that kind of muscle anymore. The Godfather's sick, right? You're getting chased out of New York by Barzini and the other Families. What do you think is going on here? You think you can come to my hotel and take over? I talked to Barzini - I can make a deal with him, and still keep my hotel!
Michael Corleone: Is that why you slapped my brother around in public?
Fredo Corleone: Aw, now that, that was nothin', Mike. Moe didn't mean nothin' by that. Yeah, sure he flies off the handle every once in a while, but me and him, we're good friends, right Moe?
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! What's the matter with you?
Michael Corleone: I leave for New York tomorrow, think about a price.
Moe Greene: Sonofabitch! Do you know who I am? I'm Moe Greene! I made my bones when you were going out with cheerleaders!
Fredo Corleone: Wait a minute, Moe, Moe, I got an idea. Tom, you're the Consiglieri and you can talk to the Don, you can explain...
Tom Hagen: Now hold it right there. The Don is semi-retired and Mike is in charge of the Family business now. If you have anything to say, say it to Michael.
Fredo Corleone: [Moe Greene leaves] Mike! You do not 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.
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Virgil 'The Turk' Sollozzo: Bene. Don Corleone. I need a man who has powerful friends. I need a million dollars in cash. I need Don Corleone and all of those politicians that you carry around in your pocket like so many nickels and dimes.
Don Vito Corleone: What is the interest for my family?
Virgil 'The Turk' Sollozzo: Thirty percent. In the first year your end should be 3, 4 million dollars and then it would go up.
Don Vito Corleone: And what is the interest for the Tattalgia family?
Virgil 'The Turk' Sollozzo: [to Tom] My compliments. I'll take care of the Tattalgia's, out of my share.
Don Vito Corleone: So, I am to receive thirty percent for finance, for legal protection and politcal influence, is that what you're telling me?
Virgil 'The Turk' Sollozzo: That's right.
Don Vito Corleone: Why come to me? What have I done to deserve such generousity?
Virgil 'The Turk' Sollozzo: If you consider a million dollars in cash merely finance... te salud Don Corleone.
Don Vito Corleone: I said that I would see you because I had heard that you were a serious man. A man to be treated with respect but I must say no to you and I will give you my reasons. 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.
Virgil 'The Turk' Sollozzo: Don Corleone...
Don Vito Corleone: It doesn't make any difference to me what a man does for a living, you understand, it's just that your business is a little dangerous.
Virgil 'The Turk' Sollozzo: If you're worried about security for your million the Tattaglia's will guarantee it.
Santino 'Sonny' Corleone: Oh, now, are you telling me that the Tattaglia's guarantee our investment without...
Don Vito Corleone: Wait a minute... 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 to you is final. I want to congratulate you on your new business and I'm sure you'll do very well and good luck to you. Especially since your interests don't conflict with mine. Thank you.
[Sollozzo leaves]
Don Vito Corleone: Santino! Come here. What's the matter with you? I think your brain's going soft with all that comedy you're playing with that young girl. Never tell anyone outside the Family what you're thinking again! Go on.
Don Vito Corleone: [looking a the flowers being brought in] What is... what is this nonsense?
Tom Hagen: They're from Johnny. He's starring in that new film.
Don Vito Corleone: Take it away.
Tom Hagen: Put it over there.
Don Vito Corleone: Tell Luca Brazi to come in.
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[last lines]
Peter Clemenza: [kissing Michael's hand] Don Corleone...
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Michael Corleone: You have to answer for Santino, Carlo. You fingered Sonny for the Barzini people.
Carlo Rizzi: Mike, you got it all wrong.
Michael Corleone: Ah, that little farce you played with my sister. You think that would fool a Corleone?
Carlo Rizzi: Mike, I'm innocent. I swear on the kids.
Michael Corleone: Sit down.
Carlo Rizzi: Please don't do this to me, Mike. Please don't.
Michael Corleone: Barzini is dead. So is Phillip Tattallgia. Moe Green. Slacci. Cuneo. Today I settled all family business so don't tell me that you're innocent. Admit what you did.
[Carlo starts sobbing]
Michael Corleone: Get him a drink. Don't be afraid, Carlo. Come on, you think I'd make my sister a widow? I'm Godfather to your son.
[Carlo get handed a drink]
Michael Corleone: Go ahead. Drink. Drink. No, you're out of the family business, that's your punishment. You're finished. I'm putting you on a plane to Vegas. Tom?
[Tom hands Michael an airplane ticket]
Michael Corleone: I want you to stay there, you understand?
[Carlo nods]
Michael Corleone: Only don't tell me that you're innocent. Because it insults my intelligence and it makes me very angry. Now, who approached you first? Barzini or Tattalgia?
Carlo Rizzi: It was Barzini.
Michael Corleone: Good. There's a car outside that will take you to the airport. I'll call your wife and tell her what flight you're on.
Carlo Rizzi: Listen, Mike...
Michael Corleone: Go on. Get out of my sight.
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Don Vito Corleone: So, Barzini will move against you first. He'll set up a meeting with someone that you absolutely trust guaranteeing your safety and at that meeting you'll be assassinated. I like to drink wine more than I used to. Anyway, I'm drinking more.
Michael Corleone: It's good for you, Pop.
Don Vito Corleone: Ah, I don't know. Your wife and your children, are you happy with them?
Michael Corleone: Very happy.
Don Vito Corleone: That's good. I hope you don't mind the way I keep going over this Barzini business.
Michael Corleone: No, not at all.
Don Vito Corleone: It's an old habit. I spent my life trying not to be careless. Women and children can be careless but not men. How's your boy?
Michael Corleone: He's good.
Don Vito Corleone: You know, he looks more like you everyday.
Michael Corleone: He's smarter than I am. Three years old and he can already read the funny papers.
Don Vito Corleone: [laughs] Read the funny papers... Oh, I want you to arrange to have a telephone man check all the calls going in and out of here because it could be anyone...
Michael Corleone: I did that already, Pop. I took care of that.
Don Vito Corleone: Oh, that's right, I forgot.
Michael Corleone: What's the matter? What's bothering you? I'll handle it. I told you I can handle it, I'll handle it.
Don Vito Corleone: I knew Santino was going to have to go through all this and Fredo... well, Fredo was... But I never wanted this for you. I live my 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 of those big shots. That's my life I don't apologize for that. But I always thought that when it was your time that you would be the one to hold the strings. Senator Corleone. Governor Corleone. Something.
Michael Corleone: I'm not a pezzonovante.
Don Vito Corleone: Well, there wasn't enough time, Michael. There just wasn't enough time.
Michael Corleone: We'll get there, Pop. We'll get there.
Don Vito Corleone: [kisses Michael] Listen, whoever comes to you with this Barzini meeting he's the traitor. Don't forget that.
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Michael Corleone: I have to see my father and his people so have dinner without me.
Kay Adams: Oh, Michael.
Michael Corleone: This weekend we'll go out. We'll go to the city, see a show and have dinner, I promise.
Kay Adams: Hmmmm. Michael. Michael, wait, your sister wants to ask you something.
Michael Corleone: Well, let her ask.
Kay Adams: No, she's afraid to. Connie and Carlo want you to be Godfather to their little boy.
Michael Corleone: We'll see.
Kay Adams: Will you?
Michael Corleone: Let me think about it. We'll see.
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Don Vito Corleone: Why did you go to the police? Why didn't you come to me first?
Bonasera: What do you want of me? Tell me anything, but do what I beg you to do.
Don Vito Corleone: What is that?
[Bonasera gets up and whispers in the Don's ear]
Don Vito Corleone: That I cannot do.
Bonasera: I'll give you anything you ask.
Don Vito Corleone: We've known each other for many years but this is the first time you've ever come to me for counsel or for help. I can't remember the last time you invited me to your house for a cup of coffee, even though my wife is Godmother to your only child. But, let's be frank here. You never wanted my friendship and you were afraid to be in my debt.
Bonasera: I didn't want to get into trouble.
Don Vito Corleone: I understand. You found paradise in America. You had a good trade, made a good living, the police protected you and there were courts of law and you didn't need a friend like me. But, now you come to me and you say "Don Corleone, give me justice." But you don't ask with respect. You don't offer friendship. You don't even think to call me Godfather. Instead, you come into my home on the day my daughter's to be married and you ask me to do murder for money.
Bonasera: I ask you for justice.
Don Vito Corleone: That is not justice your daughter is still alive.
Bonasera: Let them suffer then. As she suffers. How much shall I pay you?
Don Vito Corleone: Bonasera. Bonasera. What have I ever done to make you to treat me so disrespectfully. If you had come to me in friendship then this scum that ruined your daughter would be suffering this very day. And if by chance an honest man like yourself should make enemies then they would become my enemies. And then, they would fear you.
Bonasera: Be my friend... Godfather.
[kisses Don Corleone's ring]
Don Vito Corleone: Good. Someday, and that day may never come, I'll 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.
Bonasera: Grazie, Godfather.
Don Vito Corleone: Bene.
[Bonasera exits]
Don Vito Corleone: [to Tom]
Don Vito Corleone: Give this to, uh, Clemenza. I want reliable people, people who aren't going to be carried away. After all we're not murderers in spite of what this undertaker thinks.
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[speaking to himself, practicing his speech]
Luca Brasi: Don Corleone, I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to your home on the wedding day of your daughter. And may their first child be a masculine child.
[then, starting over]

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