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THE GODFATHER Based on a Novel by Mario Puzo Screenplay by Mario Puzo Francis Ford Coppola Produced by Albert S. Ruddy Directed by Francis Ford Coppola Cast List: Marlon Brando Don Vito Corleone Al Pacino Michael Corleone James Caan Sonny Corleone Harry Dean Stant..

THE GODFATHER

    Based on a Novel by Mario Puzo

    Screenplay by Mario Puzo

     Francis Ford Coppola

    Produced by Albert S. Ruddy

    Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Cast List:

    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

BONASERA

    (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

    Sorry...

Bonasera, taking the drink, sips from the shot glass.

BONASERA

    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."

VITO CORLEONE

    (sitting behind his desk, petting a cat)

    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.

VITO CORLEONE

    What is that?

    Bonasera gets up to whisper his request into Don Corleone's ear.

VITO CORLEONE

    That I cannot do.

BONASERA

    I'll give you anything you ask.

VITO CORLEONE

    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.

BONASERA

    I didn't want to get into trouble.

VITO CORLEONE

    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

    BONASERA

    I ask you for justice.

VITO CORLEONE

    That is not justice; your daughter is still alive.

BONASERA

    Then they can suffer then, as she suffers.

    (then)

    How much shall I pay you?

VITO CORLEONE

    (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.

BONASERA

    Be my friend ?C

    (after bowing and the Don shrugs)

    ?C Godfather?

VITO CORLEONE

    (after Bonasera kisses his hand)

Good.

    (then)

    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.

BONASERA

    (as he leaves the room)

    Grazie, Godfather.

VITO CORLEONE

    Prego.

    (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.

CUT TO:

CONNIE'S WEDDING RECEPTION ?C DAY

    We hear the music "Connie's Wedding (The Godfather Tarantella)".

CUT TO:

CONNIE AND CARLO AT THE HEAD TABLE

CUT TO:

THE FAMILY GATHERS FOR A FAMILY PORTRAIT

VITO CORLEONE

    Where's Michael?

SONNY CORLEONE

    Don't worry; it's early.

VITO CORLEONE

    We're not taking the picture without Michael

    (he tells the photographer, in Italian)

TOM HAGEN

    What's the matter, Sonny?

SONNY CORLEONE

    It's Michael

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.

VITO CORLEONE

    Eh, Don Barzini.

    Vito introduces Barzini to someone, in Italian.

Clemenza is dancing, gets tired, and spins off the dancefloor, laughing.

CLEMENZA

    (after dancing)

    Hey, Paulie! Let me have some wine. Paulie! More wine...

PAULIE (O.S.)

    (to someone)

    Scusi, please.

    (in view, to Clemenza, handing him a pitcher quarter-full of wine) Hey, you look terrif'' on the dance floor

CLEMENZA

    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.

SONNY

    Hey Sandra, do me a favor, watch the kids ?C don't let'em run wild, all right?

SANDRA

    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.

OFF SCREEN

    Eh Tessio...

    (something in Italian)

    ... buona fai.

Don Corleone dances with his wife, Carmella (Mama).

    Connie collects gifts for her bridal purse. Paulie is watching.

PAULIE

    Twenty... Thirty-grand. In small bills, cash. In that little silk purse. Maron, i f this was someone else's wedding, sweet tonato!

BUTTONMAN

    (from afar, tossing him sandwiches)

    Hey, Paulie! I got two gavagool? Gabagone?... and a...

PAULIE

    Eh, you stupid jerk!

    A news photographer takes Barzini's picture. Barzini motions to his men to get the camera.