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The Godfather Quotes

  • Don Vito Corleone: I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse
    Don Vito Corleone: I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse.


  • Don Vito Corleone: Revenge is a dish best served cold.


  • Don Vito Corleone: "A friend should always underestimate your virtues and an enemy overestimate your faults."
    Don Vito Corleone: A friend should always underestimate your virtues and an enemy overestimate your faults.


  • Don Vito Corleone: Revenge is a dish best served cold


  • Don Vito Corleone: You talk about vengeance. Is vengeance going to bring your son back to you? Or my boy to me?


  • Michael Corleone: Well, when Johnny was first starting out, he was signed to a personal services contract with this big-band leader. And as his career got better and better, he wanted to get out of it. But the band leader wouldn't let him. Now, Johnny is my father's godson. So my father went to see this bandleader and offered him $10,000 to let Johnny go, but the bandleader said no. So the next day, my father went back, only this time with Luca Brasi. Within an hour, he had a signed release for a certified check of $1000.
    Kay Adams: How did he do that?
    Michael Corleone: My father made him an offer he couldn't refuse.
    Kay Adams: What was that?
    Michael Corleone: Luca Brasi held a gun to his head, and my father assured him that either his brains or his signature would be on the contract....... Thats a true story.
    Michael Corleone: Luca Brasi held a gun to his head, and my father assured him that either his brains or his signature would be on the contract. Thats a true story.


  • Don Vito Corleone: I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse.


  • Sollozzo: I am sorry. What happened to your father was business. I have much respect for your father. But your father, his thinking is old-fashioned. You must understand why I had to do that. Now let's work through where we go from here.


  • Sonny Corleone: What are you gonna do? Nice college boy, didn't want to get mixed up in the family business. Now you want to gun down a police captain. Why? Because he slapped you in the face a little? What do you think this like the Army where you can shoot 'em from a mile away? No you gotta get up like this and, badda-bing, you blow their brains all over your nice Ivy League suit. C'mere.
    Sonny Corleone: What are you gonna do? Nice college boy, didn't want to get mixed up in the family business. Now you want to gun down a police captain. Why? Because he slapped you in the face a little? What do you think this like the Army where you can shoot 'em from a mile away? No you gotta get up like this and badda-bing, you blow their brains all over your nice Ivy League suit. C'mere.


  • Michael Corleone: Well, when Johnny was first starting out, he was signed to a personal services contract with this big-band leader. And as his career got better and better, he wanted to get out of it. But the band leader wouldn't let him. Now, Johnny is my father's godson. So my father went to see this bandleader and offered him $10,000 to let Johnny go, but the bandleader said no. So the next day, my father went back, only this time with Luca Brasi. Within an hour, he had a signed release for a certified check of $1000.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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!
    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!
    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: 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.


  • Sollozzo: I don't like violence, Tom. I'm a businessman. Blood is a big expense


  • Luca Brasi: I'm going to leave you now because i no that you are busy on this, the day of your daughter's wedding.
    Luca Brasi: I'm going to leave you now because I know that you are busy on this, the day of your daughter's wedding.


  • 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. I'm gonna run him out of the movies. 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, that it's not all dollars and cents. She was beautiful! She was young, she was innocent. She was the greatest piece of ass I've ever had, and I've had 'em all over the world. And then Johnny Fontaine 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. Now you get the hell out of here! And if that goomba tries any rough stuff, you tell him I ain't no bandleader. Yeah, I heard that story. [Hagen has been calmly eating his meal throughout Woltz's tirade]
    Tom Hagen: [Hagen has been calmly eating his meal throughout Woltz's tirade] Thank you for the dinner and a very pleasant evening. Have your car take me to the airport. Mr Corleone is a man who insists on hearing bad news at once.


  • Sonny Corleone: [Tessio brings in Luca Brasi's bulletproof vest, delivered with a fish inside] What the hell is this?
    Clemenza: It's a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.


  • 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, let me tell you something, my kraut-mick friend, I'm gonna make so much trouble for you, you won t know what hit you!


  • Sonny Corleone: Goddamn FBI don't respect nothin'.


  • Moe Greene: You goddamn guineas you really make me laugh
    Moe Greene: You goddamn guineas you really make me laugh.


  • 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!


  • Don Vito Corleone: 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.


  • Bonasera: I believe in America. America has made my fortune. And I raised my daughter in the American fashion. I gave her freedom but I taught her never to dishonor her family. She found a "boy friend," 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 boy friend. 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 broken. Her jaw was shattered, 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. A beautiful girl. Now she will never be beautiful again. [He breaks down at this point, and the Don gestures to his son to get him a drink]Sorry... [He regains his composure and carries on] 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, and suspended the sentence. Suspended sentence! They went free that very day! I stood in the courtroom like a fool, and those two bastards, they smiled at me. Then I said to my wife, "For justice, we must go to Don Corleone."
    Bonasera: I believe in America. America has made my fortune. And I raised my daughter in the American fashion. I gave her freedom but I taught her never to dishonor her family. She found a 'boy friend,' 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 boy friend. 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 broken. Her jaw was shattered, 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. A beautiful girl. Now she will never be beautiful again. [he breaks down at this point, and the Don gestures to his son to get him a drink] Sorry... [he regains his composure and carries on] 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, and suspended the sentence. Suspended sentence! They went free that very day! I stood in the courtroom like a fool, and those two bastards, they smiled at me. Then I said to my wife, 'For justice, we must go to Don Corleone.'


  • Michael Corleone: You straightened my brother out?


  • Sonny Corleone: What you think this is the army where you shoot them a mile away, you got to get them close like this and Bada-Bing! you blow your brains over your nice Ivy League suit
    Sonny Corleone: What you think this is the army where you shoot them a mile away, you got to get them close like this and Bada-Bing! You blow your brains over your nice Ivy League suit.


  • Don Vito Corleone: I knew that Santino was going to have to go through all this. And Fredo -- well -- (then, after he sits besides Michael) -- Fredo was -- well -- But I never -- I never wanted this for you. I work my whole life, I don't apologize, to take care of my family. And I refused -- to be a fool -- dancing on the string, held by all those -- bigshots. I don't apologize -- that's my life -- but I thought that -- that when it was your time -- that -- that you would be the one to hold the strings. Senator - Corleone. Governor - Corleone, or something...
    Don Vito Corleone: I knew that Santino was going to have to go through all this. And Fredo -- well -- [then, after he sits besides Michael] -- Fredo was -- well -- But I never -- I never wanted this for you. I work my whole life, I don't apologize, to take care of my family. And I refused -- to be a fool -- dancing on the string, held by all those -- bigshots. I don't apologize -- that's my life -- but I thought that -- that when it was your time -- that -- that you would be the one to hold the strings. Senator - Corleone. Governor - Corleone, or something...
    Michael Corleone: Another pezzonovante...
    Tom Hagen: Well -- this wasn't enough time, Michael. Wasn't enough time...


  • 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.


  • Fredo Corleone: Mike! You don't 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.


  • Barzini: Times have changed. It's not like the Old Days -- when we can do anything we want. A refusal is not the act of a friend. If Don Corleone had all the judges, and the politicians in New York, then he must share them, or let us others use them. He must let us draw the water from the well. Certainly he can -- present a bill for such services; after all -- we are not Communists.


  • Clemenza: Pretty goddamn bad. Probably all the other Families will line up against us. That's alright -- this thing's gotta happen every five years or so -- ten years -- helps to get rid of the bad blood. Been ten years since the last one. You know you got to stop them at the beginning, like they should have stopped Hitler at Munich, They should never've let him get away with that. They were just asking for big trouble. You know, Mike, we was all proud of you -- being a hero and all. Your father, too.


  • Sonny Corleone: (unwrapping the package of Luca's bulletproof vest-wrapped fish] What the hell is this?
    Sonny Corleone: [unwrapping the package of Luca's bulletproof vest-wrapped fish] What the hell is this?
    Clemenza: It's a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.


  • Don Vito Corleone: You spend time with your family?
    Johnny Fontane: Sure I do.
    Don Vito Corleone: Good. 'Cause a man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man.


  • Michael Corleone: My father made him an offer he couldn't refuse.
    Kay Adams: What was that?
    Michael Corleone: Luca Brasi held a gun to his head, and my father assured him that either his brains -- or his signature -- would be on the contract. That's a true story. That's my family, Kay. It's not me.


  • Don 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 -- "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 house on the day my daughter is to be married, and you uh ask me to do murder, for money.
    Don 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 -- '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 house on the day my daughter is to be married, and you uh ask me to do murder, for money.


  • Bonasera: I believe in America. America has made my fortune. And I raised my daughter in the American fashion. I gave her freedom, but -- 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.


  • Don Vito Corleone: I have a sentimental weakness for my children and I spoil them, as you can see. They talk when they should listen.


  • 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.


  • Michael Corleone: Only don't tell me that you're innocent. Because it insults my intelligence and it makes me very angry.


  • Michael Corleone: Clean it up, I said clean it up!
    Carlo Rizzi: Clean it up, I said clean it up!


  • Don Vito Corleone: A man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man.


  • Jack Woltz: A man in my position can't afford to look ridiculous. Now you get the hell out of here.
    Tom Hagen: Thank you for the dinner, and the lovely evening.


  • Sonny Corleone: i don't want my brother to come out of that toilet with just his dick in his hand.
    Sonny Corleone: I don't want my brother coming out of that toilet with just his dick in his hands.


  • Clemenza: Leave the gun, take the cannoli
    Moe Greene: Sonofabitch! Do you know who I am? I'm Moe Greene! I made my bones when you were going out with cheerleaders!
    Tom Hagen: It is a sicillian message it means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes
    Moe Greene: Do you know who I am ? I'm Moe Greene I made My Bones when you were going out with Cheerleaders


  • Don Vito Corleone: You can act like a man! What's the matter with you? Is this how you turned out, a Hollywood finocchio that cries like a woman? Ah what can I do? What can I do?


  • Michael Corleone: Luca Brasi held a gun to his head, and my father told him that either his brains or his signature would be on the contract...


  • Don Vito Corleone: You can act like a man!


  • Don Vito Corleone: A man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man.


  • Michael Corleone: We'll get there Pop
    Michael Corleone: We'll get there Pop.


  • Bonasera: What do you want of me? Tell me anything, but do what I beg you to do.
    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?


  • Bonasera: What do you want of me? Tell me anything, but do what I beg you to do
    Bonasera: What do you want of me? Tell me anything, but do what I beg you to do.


  • Michael Corleone: Fredo your my older brother,and I love you.But don't you ever go against the family again.Ever.
    Michael Corleone: Fredo your my older brother, and I love you. But don't you ever go against the family again. Ever.


  • Don Vito Corleone: When did I ever refuse an accomodation?


  • Don Vito Corleone: A man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man.


  • Sollozzo: I don't like violence, Tom. I'm a businessman. Blood is a big expense
    Sollozzo: I don't like violence, Tom. I'm a businessman. Blood is a big expense.


  • 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
    Luca Brasi: Don Corleone, I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to your daugh-- ter's wedding...on the day of your daughter's wedding. And I hope that their first child be a masculine child. I pledge my ever-ending loyalty.


  • Clemenza: You know Mike? We all were proud of you. Your father too.


  • Don Vito Corleone: I knew that Santino was gonna have to go through all this. And Fredo... Fredo was, well... But I never wanted any of this for you! I worked my whole life. I don't apologize for taking care of my family. And I refused to be a fool, dancing on a string held by all those big shots. I don't apologize, that's my life, but I thought that... that when it was your time, you would be the one to hold the strings. Senator Corleone, Governor Corleone, something.
    Michael Corleone: ...another pezzonovante.
    Don Vito Corleone: I guess just wasn't enough time, Michael. Just wasn't enough time.


  • Tom Hagen: I always thought [the traitor] would be Clemenza, not Tessio.
    Michael Corleone: It's the smart move. Tessio was always smarter.


  • Moe Greene: You know who I am? I'm Moe Greene! I made my bones working hard while you were going out with cheerleaders!


  • Tessio: [signaling dead fish] That's a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.


  • Don Vito Corleone: Women and children can be careless but not men
    Don Vito Corleone: Women and children can afford to be careless, but not men.


  • Bonasera: I believe in America. America has made my fortune, and I have raised my daughter in the American fashion.


  • Don Vito Corleone: [speaking to Tattaglia] You are talking about vengeance. Will vengeance bring your son back to you? Or my boy to me? I forgo the vengeance of my son. But I have selfish reasons! My youngest son was forced to leave this country... because of this Sollozzo business! Now I have to make arrangements to bring him home safely. But, if some unfortunate accident might befall him. Or if he gets shot in the head by a police officer... Or if he gets struck by a bolt of lightning, I'm going to balme some of the people in this room! And that I do not forgive. But, that aside, I assure that I will not be the one to break the peace we have made here today.


  • Michael Corleone: "Luca Brasi held a gun to his head, and my father told him that either his brains or his signature would be on the contract..."
    Michael Corleone: Luca Brasi held a gun to his head, and my father told him that either his brains or his signature would be on the contract...


  • Michael Corleone: "You straightened out my brother?........my brother?"
    Michael Corleone: You straightened out my brother... my brother?


  • Michael Corleone: "Fredo, your my brother, and I love you. But don't ever take sides against someone from the family again. Ever."
    Michael Corleone: Fredo, your my brother, and I love you. But don't ever take sides against someone from the family again. Ever.


  • Don Vito Corleone: You can act like a man!


  • Don Vito Corleone: I understand. You found paradise in America, you had a good trade, you made a good living. The police protected you and there were courts of law. 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 house on the day my daughter is to be married, and you ask me to do murder for money.


  • Clemenza: It's a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.


  • Sollozzo: you think too much of me kid ,i m not that clever .
    Sollozzo: You think too much of me, kid. I am not that clever.


  • Don Vito Corleone: I understand. You found paradise in America, you had a good trade, you made a good living. The police protected you and there were courts of law. 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 house on the day my daughter is to be married, and you ask me to do murder for money.


  • Don Vito Corleone: I promise, that on the souls of my grandchildren, I will not be the one to break the peace we've made here today.


  • Michael Corleone: She's hysterical.....hysterical.


  • Michael Corleone: it's not personal sonny, It's strictly bussiness.
    Michael Corleone: It's not personal sonny, It's strictly bussiness.
    Michael Corleone: It's not personal Sonny, It's strictly bussiness.


  • Clemenza: Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.


  • Don Vito Corleone: You can act like a man!


  • Don Vito Corleone: I understand. You found paradise in America, you had a good trade, you made a good living. The police protected you and there were courts of law. 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 house on the day my daughter is to be married, and you ask me to do murder for money.
    Don Vito Corleone: I understand. You found paradise in America, you had a good trade, you made a good living. The police protected you and there were courts of law. 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 house on the day my daughter is to be married, and you ask me to do murder for money.


  • Don Vito Corleone: I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse.


  • Bonasera: I believe in America...
    Bonasera: I believe in America.


  • Don Vito Corleone: Do you spend time with your family?
    Johnny Fontane: Of course I do.
    Don Vito Corleone: Good. Because a man who doesn't spend time his family, can never be a real man.


  • Don Vito Corleone: Look how they massacred my boy.
    Don Vito Corleone: [breaking down for a moment] Look how they massacred my boy.


  • Bonasera: I believed in America...
    Bonasera: I believe in America.


  • Clemenza: Leave the gun, take the cannoli
    Clemenza: Leave the gun, take the cannoli.


  • Don Vito Corleone: And if by chance an honest man like yourself should make enemies then they would become my enemies... and then they will fear you.
    Don Vito Corleone: And if by some chance an honest man like yourself made enemies they would become my enemies. And then, they would fear you.


  • Clemenza: It's a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes
    Clemenza: It's a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.


  • Don Vito Corleone: I will give you this favor on the day of my daughters wedding.
    Don Vito Corleone: Some day, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me. But until that day, consider this justice a gift on my daughter's wedding day.


  • Don Vito Corleone: I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse.


  • 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.


  • Clemenza: Drop the gun, take the canoli
    Clemenza: Drop the gun, take the cannoli.


  • Michael Corleone: Luca Brasi held a gun to his head, and my father assured him that either his brains or his signature would be on the contract.


  • Don Vito Corleone: I have a sentimental weakness for my children and I spoil them, as you can see. They talk when they should listen.


  • Michael Corleone: Barzini is dead. So is Phillip Tattaglia. Moe Greene. Stracci. Cuneo. Today I settled all family business so don't tell me that you're innocent. Admit what you did.


  • Clemenza: "They should have stopped Hitler at Munich. They should'a never let him get away wit' dat. They were just askin' for big trouble when they let him get away wit' dat."
    Clemenza: They should have stopped Hitler at Munich. They should'a never let him get away wit' dat. They were just askin' for big trouble when they let him get away wit' dat.


  • Sollozzo: "Come on, if I wanted you dead you would be dead already."
    Sollozzo: Come on, if I wanted you dead you would be dead already.


  • Carlo Rizzi: "Go on, you spoiled guinea brat, break it all, break it all! Now clean it up! Clean it up! Clean it up!"
    Carlo Rizzi: Go on, you spoiled guinea brat, break it all, break it all! Now clean it up! Clean it up! Clean it up!


  • McCluskey: I frisked him, he's clean. I've frisked a thousand young punks.


  • Jack Woltz: I bet Russian Czars never paid that much for a horse.
    Jack Woltz: I bet even Russian Czars never paid that much for a horse.


  • Connie Corleone: You wanna know how many men he killed? Read the papers! Read the papers! That's your husband! THAT'S YOUR HUSBAND!
    Connie Corleone: You wanna know how many men he killed? Read the papers! Read the papers! That's your husband! That's your husband!


  • Barzini: Surely he can charge a fee for such services. After all, we are not Communists.


  • Moe Greene: "Do you know who I am? I'm MOE GREEN. I made my bones when you were still dating cheerleaders!"
    Moe Greene: Do you know who I am? I'm Moe Greene. I made my bones when you were still dating cheerleaders!


  • Sonny Corleone: You touch my sister again and I'll kill you.


  • Tom Hagen: You're getting a real reputation, Sonny! I hope you're enjoying it!
    Tom Hagen: You're getting a great reputation, Sonny! I hope you're enjoying it!


  • Don Vito Corleone: Now you come to me and 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 house on the day my daughter is to be married, and you ask me to do murder. For money.
    Don Vito Corleone: Now you come to me and 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 house on the day my daughter is to be married, and you ask me to do murder. For money.


  • Tom Hagen: This is business. Not personal.


  • Clemenza: It's a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.


  • Clemenza: Leave the gun. Take the cannolis.


  • Don Vito Corleone: I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse.


  • Calo: In Sicily, women are more dangerous than shotguns.


  • 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.


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