Based on a Novel by Mario Puzo
Screenplay by Mario Puzo
Francis Ford Coppola
Produced by Albert S. Ruddy
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Marlon Brando Don Vito Corleone Al Pacino Michael Corleone James Caan Sonny Corleone Harry Dean Stanton Brett
Richard Castellano Clemenza Robert Duvall Tom Hagen
Sterling Hayden McCluskey John Marley Jack Woltz
Richard Conte Barzini
Diane Keaton Kay Adams
John Cazale Fredo Corleone
FADE FROM BLACK
INT. DON CORLEONE'S HOME OFFICE ?C DAY
(seated in front of the Don's desk, facing the camera)
I believe in America. America has made my fortune. And I raised my daughter in the American fashion. I gave her freedom, but ?C 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 a'broken. Her jaw was a'shutted, 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 ?C beautiful girl. Now she will never be beautiful again.
Bonasera breaks down. The Don gestures to Sonny to give Bonasera a drink.
Bonasera, taking the drink, sips from the shot glass.
I-I went to the police, like a good American. These two boys were brought to trial. The judge sentenced them to three years in prison ?C suspended sentence. Suspended sentence! They went free that very day! I stood in the courtroom like a fool. And those two bastard, they smiled at me. Then I said to my wife, "for justice, we must go to Don Corleone."
(sitting behind his desk, petting a cat)
Why 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 to whisper his request into Don Corleone's ear.
That I cannot do.
I'll give you anything you ask.
We've known each other many years, but this is the first time you came to me for counsel, for help. I can't remember the last time that 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 uh, you were afraid to be in my debt.
I didn't want to get into trouble.
I understand. You found paradise in America, 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 of me. But uh, now you come to me and you say ?C "Don Corleone give
I ask you for justice.
That is not justice; your daughter is still alive.
Then they can suffer then, as she suffers.
How much shall I pay you?
(stands, turning his back toward Bonasera)
Bonasera... Bonasera... What have I ever done to make you treat me so disrespectfully? Had you come to me in friendship, then this scum that ruined your daughter would be suffering this very day. And that by chance if an honest man such as yourself should make enemies, then they would become my enemies. And then they would fear you.
Be my friend ?C
(after bowing and the Don shrugs)
(after Bonasera kisses his hand)
Some day, and that day may never come, I'll call upon you to do a service for m e. But uh, until that day ?C accept this justice as a gift on my daughter's wedding day.
(as he leaves the room)
(to Tom Hagen, after Bonasera leaves the room)
Ah, give this to ah, Clemenza. I want reliable people; people that aren't gonna be carried away. I'm mean, we're not murderers, despite of what this undertaker says.
CONNIE'S WEDDING RECEPTION ?C DAY
We hear the music "Connie's Wedding (The Godfather Tarantella)".
CONNIE AND CARLO AT THE HEAD TABLE
THE FAMILY GATHERS FOR A FAMILY PORTRAIT
Don't worry; it's early.
We're not taking the picture without Michael
(he tells the photographer, in Italian)
What's the matter, Sonny?
The Don meets some guests outside.
Mama dances with Sonny's twin girls.
Connie and Carlo laughs with guest at head table.
Clemenza dances with his wife.
FBI arrives and take license plate numbers.
Tessio sits at a table, tosses himself an orange.
FBI continues to take license plate numbers.
Don Barzini arrives.
Eh, Don Barzini.
Vito introduces Barzini to someone, in Italian.
Clemenza is dancing, gets tired, and spins off the dancefloor, laughing.
Hey, Paulie! Let me have some wine. Paulie! More wine...
(in view, to Clemenza, handing him a pitcher quarter-full of wine) Hey, you look terrif'' on the dance floor
Hey, what are you a dance judge or something? Go take a walk around the neighborhood ?C do your job.
Sonny pinches Lucy Mancini's cheek as he walks towards his wife, Sandra.
Hey Sandra, do me a favor, watch the kids ?C don't let'em run wild, all right?
Well, you watch yourself, a
Reception continues with Part 2 of Connie's Wedding Song (The Godfather Mazurka). We first see Tessio dancing with a young girl standing on his feet.
(something in Italian)
... buona fai.
Don Corleone dances with his wife, Carmella (Mama).
Connie collects gifts for her bridal purse. Paulie is watching.
Twenty... Thirty-grand. In small bills, cash. In that little silk purse. Maron, i f this was someone else's wedding, sweet tonato!
(from afar, tossing him sandwiches)
Hey, Paulie! I got two gavagool? Gabagone?... and a...
Eh, you stupid jerk!
A news photographer takes Barzini's picture. Barzini motions to his men to get the camera.
Eh, what's the matter?
The men bring the camera to Barzini, who removes and crumples the film.
Tom going up to his wife, Theresa, who's sitting at a table at the reception.
I have to go back to work.
(after he kisses his wife)
It's part of the wedding: No Sicilian can refuse any request on his daughter's wedding day.
(rehearsing his lines as Tom passes him)
Don Corleone, I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to your home...
Sonny goes out into the driveway to see the FBI guys. The Mazurka ends.
Eh ?C what ?C Get outta here; it's a private party, go on! (then to FBI guy in car)
What's is it? Hey, it's my sister's wedding.
(he spits after being shown a badge, turns and walks away) Goddamn FBI don't respect nothing jazz music begins to play from party. (to photographer)
Eh, come here; come here; come here; come here, come here; come here; come here...
(smashes camera, which Paulie kicks, and flips cash to him)
NAZORINE AND ENZO IN DON CORLEONE'S OFFICE ?C DAY
(seated in front of the Don's desk)
But towards the end, he was uh paroled to help with the American uh war effort. So for the last six months he's been working in my pastry shop.
Nazorine, my friend, what can I do for you?
Well now that the war is over, this boy, Enzo ?C they want to repatriate
him back to Italy. Godfather, I have a daughter. You see, she and Enzo...
You want Enzo to stay in this country, and you want your daughter to be married .
You understand everything.
They shake hands, Nazorine turns to leave.
(with Mr. Hagen now, by the door)
Mr. Hagen, thank you.
(turning to Don Corleone)
An' wait til you see the beautiful wedding cake I made for your daughter!
Like this! The bride and the groom and the angel...
(after Nazorine exits)
Who should I give this job to?
Not to our paisan. Give it to a jew congressman, in another district.
Who else is on the list?
Michael and Kay arrive, make some introductions. They dance to "Ev'rytime I
THE DON'S OFFICE ?C DAY
He's not on the list, but Luca Brasi wants to see you.
(looking out the window)
Is this ?C is this necessary?
He didn't expect to be invited to the wedding, so he wanted to thank you.
OUTSIDE OF THE CORLEONE RESIDENCE
Luca sits, rehearsing his lines.
(rehearsing his lines aloud)
Don Corleone, I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to your home on the wedding day of your daughter. And may there first child be a masculine child.
(starting over, which continues throughout the following dialogue) Don ?C Don Corleone...
Michael, that man over there is talking to himself. See that scary looking guy over there?
... On the wedding day of your daughter...
(after glancing over at Luca)
He's a very scary guy.
Well, who is he? What's his name?
His name is Luca Brasi ?C an' he helps my father out sometimes.
Luca stands up, facing Mike and Kay, seemingly coming toward them.
Oh, Michael, wait a minute; he's coming over here...
Heh...! You look terrific!
My brother, Tom Hagen ?C this is Kay Adams.
How do you do.
How do you do, Tom
(into Michael's ear)
Your father's been asking for you.
(to Kay, before he leaves)
Very nice to meet you.
Nice to meet you.
(after Tom exits)
If he's your brother, why does he have a different name?
Oh, ah, that ?C when my brother Sonny was a kid, he found Tom Hagen in the street. And he had no home ?C and so my father took him in ?C and he's been with us ever since . He's a good lawyer. Not a Sicilian,
but ?C I think he's gonna be consiglieri.