He sells his gambling interests to the other Mafia families and reorganizes his vast business holdings as the "Corleone Group". He offers to buy out casino owner Moe Greene's (Alex Rocco) stake in the Las Vegas casino that the Corleones bankrolled, intending to move the family to Nevada as part of his effort to legitimize the Corleone interests; Greene refuses to sell. He also encourages Dominic to ally himself with Samuele Mangano and is furious when Mangano betrays him. He preferred to wipe out all of his enemies in one fell swoop, as it happened with his slaughter of the other Dons and his killing of Hyman Roth and his associates. Michael's older brother, Sonny Corleone, was shocked at this suggestion, since it had long been a hard and fast rule in the American Mafia that policemen were not to be harmed. The Godfather Part II is set in 1958 and 1959. Michael Corleone was the Don of the Corleone family after his father Vito Corleone stepped down. He also reveals that he has long resented being passed over to head the family, feeling that as the second-oldest son, he should be the boss. The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, Francis Ford Coppola's remaster/re-edit of his 1990 film The Godfather Part III has the same virtues and vices as it did three decades ago. In the novel, Kay leaves Michael, but Hagen persuades her to return. Born in 1920 to Mafia don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) and his wife Carmela (Morgana King), Michael has two older brothers, Santino "Sonny" Corleone (James Caan) and Frederico "Fredo" Corleone (John Cazale), and a younger sister, Constanzia "Connie" Corleone (Talia Shire). Michael fears that Vincent's growing involvement in the Mafia will endanger Mary, just as it did Michael's first wife, Apollonia.[5]. Michael learns that the Immobiliare deal is an elaborate swindle concocted by Immobiliare chairman Licio Lucchesi (Enzo Robutti), who schemed with Vatican Bank head Archbishop Gilday (Donal Donnelly) and accountant Frederick Keinszig (Helmut Berger) to embezzle a fortune from the Vatican Bank, using Michael's "investment" to cover their tracks. In the scene where the Family deliberates after the shooting of Vito, we see five men sitting in the dark office of the Corleone home. Following their mother's death, and at Connie's behest, Michael seemingly forgives Fredo, but it is actually a ploy to draw him in closer in order to have him killed. After this, Michael volunteered to murder the men responsible, Virgil Sollozzo and McCluskey, who was now acting as Sollozzo's bodyguard. With Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia, Talia Shire. Traumatized by the attack, Michael suffers a diabetic stroke, briefly incapacitating him. He tells his bodyguard, Al Neri, that Fredo is to die–but doesn't want anything to happen to him while their mother is still alive. Just as he had finally shaken off his ties to the Mafia, he was stricken by grief when his only daughter, Mary, was killed in an assassination attempt on his life. In the first video game, main protagonist Aldo Trapani helped Michael through many jobs. The plot unfolds on the same day Michael stands as godfather to Connie's newborn son. Apollonia was the only daughter of a Greek mother and a Sicilian father, both of whom were incredibly protective of her and never wanted her heritage to be confused. This dream was cut short, however, as the boy Kay was to have was aborted. Kay admits she will always love him, and they begin to rekindle their relationship. The Godfather trilogy is the story of Michael Corleone, the one member of the Corleone crime family who was supposed to get out and be something more legitimate, a … After saving his father from another assassination attempt at the hospital, Michael's jaw was broken by a corrupt policeman, Captain Mark McCluskey. She was the third child, having two older brothers. The Corleone family has relocated to Nevada, while capo Frank Pentangeli (Michael V. Gazzo) runs the family's operations in New York, Clemenza having died a few years before. Kay and Michael at Anthony's first performance, 1980. The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone is now recording the pieces. Michael escapes with help from Vincent and Neri. However, sometime in the 1960s, he turned over custody of the children to their mother. He promises her the Corleone family will be completely legitimate in five years. Meanwhile, Michael convinces his father that it is time to remove the family from crime. Michael had a diabetic stroke, and whilst incapacitated, Connie gave Vincent and Al Neri the go-ahead to kill Zasa. Unknown to Michael, Roth was actually maneuvering to have Michael killed in revenge for the death of Moe Greene, his longtime friend. Michael Corleone is a fictional character and the main protagonist of Mario Puzo's 1969 novel, The Godfather. By the 1930s, most of the family was involved in criminal activities and the Corleone crime family eventually became one of the most notorious in the United States. Characters Michael Corleone. Of Vito’s children, he is certainly the best candidate to take over the family. Here, he is voiced by Carlos Ferro and is a cruel, distant character. He learns from Clemenza about the legendary exploits of the novel's main character, Salvatore Guiliano (In the novel, the spelling of Salvatore Giuliano's name was intentionally changed by Puzo to "Guiliano". Michael Corleone Blanco was born in 1970s. He is cold and calculating here, even before returning from Sicily, and is voiced by Joseph May. He also had a selfish reason for having Anthony, as he wanted him to follow in his footsteps. Shortly afterward, Pentangeli and Willie Cicci are persuaded to testify against Michael in the Senate's investigation of the Mafia. During the summer of 1945, Michael is discharged from the Marines, unaware that Vito secretly arranged for his release, using his political influence. At Vito's funeral, Tessio tells Michael that Barzini wants to arrange a meeting, confirming Vito's prediction. THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone Synopsis. Kay, initially believing Michael, later observes him receiving his capos. Silver Star (Later Upgraded to Navy Cross). His ability to think clearly under fire, to be decisive, and to command respect makes him an excellent Godfather. Unlike his two older brothers, Michael renounces the Corleone "family business", wanting instead to lead a more Americanized life. Tommasino directed him to the honest Cardinal Lamberto, who persuades him to make his first confession in 30 years. Once a soldier who was sent home from the front with a Purple Heart after having his leg crippled due to a shattered kneecap in 1943, Lampone began his career in organized crime as an associate in Peter Clemenza's regime, having been hired due to a shortage of young men. Michael appears in Mark Winegardner's sequel novels The Godfather Returns and The Godfather's Revenge. With them, the intricate relationships with the other families and their leaders. Shortly before his death in 1955, Vito warns Michael that Barzini will likely attempt to assassinate Michael under the pretense of negotiating peace between the families, using disloyal contacts within the Corleone regime. Upon his father's death, Michael succeeds him as the don of the Corleone crime family. Just before Christmas 1945, Vito is critically wounded in an assassination attempt by drug kingpin Virgil Sollozzo (Al Lettieri), pushing a reluctant Michael into the Mafia world he has avoided for so long. Clemenza and Tessio are even more convinced of this when Michael refuses to allow them to retaliate. In one stroke, Michael re-establishes the Corleone family as the nation's most powerful crime family, and establishes a reputation as being even more cunning and ruthless than his father. Later the same day, he has Tessio and Carlo Rizzi (Gianni Russo), Connie's abusive husband who conspired in Sonny's murder, executed. 27. The first novel, The Godfather, written by Mario Puzo, was released in 1969. He despised hotshot businessmen like Moe Greene for not showing him or at least his family some respect. Michael plans to finally legitimize the family by negotiating with Hyman Roth (Lee Strasberg), his father's former business partner, over controlling casino operations in Cuba. Born in 1920, to Vito and Carmela Corleone, Michael was deeply loved by his father, even prompting Vito to murder blackmailer Don Fanucci so he could support Michael and the rest of his family. In truth, his father never wanted Michael to be involved in the family's criminal enterprise, and actually hoped he'd go into politics. Michael at his party for receiving papal honors, 1979. The shot is a medium ensemble shot of Michael (his back to the camera), Tom Hagen (profile), Sonny (almost direct center), Clemenza (3/4 face viewable), and Tessio (most of his face obscured, so we see mainly the back of his head). At the ceremony, Michael and Kay have an uneasy reunion after nine years. Hoping to salvage the deal, he sought the assistance of Don Tommasino. Michael had initially wanted Anthony to either finish law school or join the family business, but consents to Anthony going his own way. This thirst for revenge also led him to even use his own family for these murders. Meanwhile, Pentangeli, believing Michael had ordered a hit on him, prepares to testify against him in the Senate's investigation of organized crime. Soon after, Neri murders Fredo on Michael's orders. Vito goes into semiretirement in 1954, and Michael becomes operating head of the family. Michael later returned to Sicily to watch Anthony perform at the Teatro Massimo. Clemenza died of a supposed heart attack, and was replaced by longtime family friend and soldier Frank Pentangeli. He finally swore off the mob life forever and turned over leadership of the family to his nephew Vincent. All of the major Corleone characters also appeared in the game and played significant role although the main focus is the player's character. He directs Michael to Cardinal Lamberto (Raf Vallone), the future Pope John Paul I. They became the most powerful crime family in … Devastated by this loss, Michael retired to Sicily and and lived in Don Tommasino's old villa, where he once lived with his first wife Apollonia. At this time, Carlo Tramonti, the Don of New Orleans caused a stir in the Commission by announcing his plans to assassinate President James Shea. Michael had his former associate executed by Eddie Paradise during an ambush on Staten Island. Fearing her unborn son will tie them to the Mafia forever, she secretly has an abortion, while Michael is away in Cuba, and passes it off as a miscarriage, planning to escape Michael forever. However, Mary was inadvertently killed in an assassination attempt on her father, being shot to death in front of her family. Michael also disapproves of the romance developing between Vincent and Michael's daughter, Mary (Sofia Coppola). He died there in 1997, distraught and alone, of a stroke while sitting in a chair in front of the villa. Michael is angry upon discovering this, and demands that no similar orders be issued while he is alive. Shortly afterward, he founded the Genco Pura Olive Oil Company as a front for his criminal activities. Afterward, Michael was a completely broken man, who died alone and fully damned. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. John Paul I dies soon after being elected pope, poisoned by Gilday. Meanwhile, Vincent has Lucchesi, Gilday and Keinszig murdered; Lucchesi is stabbed to death in his office by Tommasino's longtime bodyguard, Calò, Gilday is shot to death by Neri on the cathedral stairs and Keinszig is abducted, suffocated and left to hang from a bridge, and Connie murders Altobello with a poisoned cannoli. “Accidents don’t happen to people who take accidents as a personal insult.” – Michael Corleone. Arriving at the hospital, he finds his bedridden and immobile father unprotected from potential attack. He also sent Rocco Lampone to kill Roth while he was returning to Miami, though Lampone was killed by the FBI agents guarding Roth, while he sent Tom Hagen to convince Pentangeli to commit suicide. Michael Corleone. The Godfather Part III is set in 1979 and 1980. 26. However, his efforts at redeeming the family were largely unsuccessful, as his many enemies kept him involved in the underworld. 1997[3]Bagheria, Sicily, Italy The family sees Anthony's performance in Cavalleria rusticana in Palermo while Vincent exacts his revenge: Vincent's men smother Keinszig and then hang him from a bridge, making his death look like a suicide; Michael leads the indictment of legitimizing the family business. That same night, Vincent, with Michael's tacit blessing, wipes out Lucchesi, Gilday and Keinszig in a bloody wave of murders. Released in 1990, The Godfather Part III follows an aging Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) who looks for a successor (Andy García) to his empire while trying to make his family… Michael, Tom and Kay at the Senate hearings, 1959. For his bravery in battle, Michael was awarded the Navy Cross, and was also featured in Life magazine in 1944. Michael tearfully confesses his many crimes, including the murder of Fredo. However, Michael showed his cunning when he argued that McCluskey was fair game since he was corrupt and serving as Sollozzo's bodyguard. Michael initially wanted nothing to do with the Corleone "family business", and enrolled at Dartmouth College in order to escape any potential involvement in crime. When Pentangeli meets with them, they try to kill him, but he survives. He begins working out a deal with Hyman Roth, a longtime business partner of the family as well as a rival, over control of casino operations. Michael also appears in The Godfather II, where Aldo is killed and the role of Don of New York is given to Dominic. In an eplilogue scene set in 1997, an elderly Michael lives alone in Don Tommasino's villa. Mosca murders Tommasino, and Michael vows before his old friend's casket to sin no more. When Michael volunteered to assassinate Sollozzo, everyone, especially Sonny, was surprised. Suspecting that Altobello may make another attempt on his life, he has Vincent infiltrate Altobello's regime under the pretense of defecting. During World War II, he fights in both the Pacific and European Theaters, and is wounded in battle. Fredo confesses to Michael that Roth's right-hand man, Johnny Ola (Dominic Chianese), had promised to reward him for information about Michael. His efforts have been largely unsuccessful, however, as his many enemies and growing obsession with revenge keep him tethered to the criminal underworld. Michael : The Corleone family is thinking of giving up all of its interest in the olive oil business, settling out here. Discover what happened on this day. While awaiting Corleone reinforcements, Michael prevents a second assassination attempt on Vito by Sollozzo, then affirms his loyalty to his father. Don Michael Corleone He assured Kay on numerous occasions that he wanted a more normal life, and wanted nothing at all to do with the Mafia. Michael, Roth, and Fredo travel to Cuba to forge a partnership with Fulgencio Batista allowing them to operate casinos in Cuba without interference in exchange for generous payments to the Cuban government. Soon after taking over day-to-day control of the family, Michael tries to buy out casino owner Moe Greene's stake in his Las Vegas casino, intending to move his family to Nevada. Corleone family Mary's death breaks Michael's spirit, and he screams in agony over her body. However, there are a couple of partial influences. There is no known pure influence for the character of Michael Corleone. Male Ever.” – Michael Corleone. Michael inherited the Corleone family businesses from his father, Vito. Michael argues they can publicly expose McCluskey as a corrupt cop involved in the drug trade and serving as Sollozzo's bodyguard, contending that McCluskey has crossed into their world and is fair game. Mario Puzo's The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, https://godfather.fandom.com/wiki/Michael_Corleone?oldid=91309, It is also believed that Joe Bonanno's son, Michael's papal recognition and charity funds may well be inspired by, Michael Corleone is the main character and protagonist in. Michael and Kay tour Sicily together, during which Michael asks for Kay's forgiveness. That night, he discovered Fredo was the one who'd sold him out to Roth, leading Fredo to flee during Castro's takeover that night. The film closes with Michael sitting alone in the Corleones' Lake Tahoe compound. At the same time, he persuades his father that it is time to begin to remove the family from organized crime. A decade earlier, he gave custody of his two children to Kay, who has since remarried. Michael returns to Sicily for Anthony's operatic debut at the Teatro Massimo. Sonny agrees and approves the hit, although he doubts Michael may be tough enough to pull it off. His understanding of the backstage, often with the help of his consigliere, Tom Hagen, allows him to nurture these connections and build new ones, as well as dodge the hits from his enemies. — Michael Corleone Michael Corleone was the head of the Corleone Family after Vito Corleone stepped down. During childhood, Michael harbored interests in politics and wondered if there would be an Italian president someday; these musings were soon shot down by his brother, Fredo. In Godfather Returns, set roughly during the time of Godfather Part II, Michael battles with a new rival, disgruntled Corleone capo Nick Geraci, while attempting to legitimize the family. Michael enrolls in Dartmouth College and is progressing well academically, but drops out to enlist in the United States Marine Corps the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Fredo, afraid of his brother, runs off; Roth escapes to Miami. Hours after Anthony's First Communion party, unseen gunmen shoot at the Corleone house, nearly killing Michael and Kay. This in canonized in. He has sold most of his casinos and reorganized his now-vast business holdings as the "Corleone Group". Michael stays for a few weeks before intending to re-enter college without telling his family. In June 2003, Michael Corleone was recognized as the 11th most iconic villain in film history by the American Film Institute, although some critics consider him to be a tragic hero.[2][3]. He asked for permission to strike back. Starring Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone and Al Pacino as his son Michael, The Godfather was lauded by both critics and audiences alike and spawned a pair of sequels: The Godfather II … As he learns more about Guiliano's reputation and exploits, Michael becomes extremely interested in meeting him, but Giuliano is betrayed and killed by his best friend, cousin, and second in command Gaspare Pisciotta. The Godfather Wiki is a FANDOM Movies Community. Michael is already the company's largest shareholder, and reaches an agreement in principle to acquire controlling interest by buying the Vatican's 25 percent stake. Meanwhile, Kay grows increasingly repulsed by Michael's growing immersion in criminal life. A few days later, Connie furiously accuses Michael of murdering Carlo. The family consigliere, Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall), is their informal adoptive brother. The novel also implies that he was molested as a child by his parish priest. 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