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.