The film ends as Michael recalls a surprise birthday party for his father on December 7, 1941. 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. Kay, initially believing Michael, later observes him receiving his capos. In return for this, Michael ordered him to end his relationship with Michael's daughter (and Vincent's cousin) Mary Corleone. And family business trumped family. Michael Corleone is a fictional character and the main protagonist of Mario Puzo's 1969 novel, The Godfather. And unlike how secretive he eventually became, Michael was originally very open toward Kay. Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone will be available on Blu-ray & Digital Dec. 8 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Michael : The Corleone family is thinking of giving up all of its interest in the olive oil business, settling out here. (Francis Ford Coppola reveals in his audio commentary that Michael is frequently seen drinking water in the first two films—subtle hints that he is a diabetic. Shortly afterward, he founded the Genco Pura Olive Oil Company as a front for his criminal activities. However, he retained a violent streak, as evidenced in his first act as Don. ... was strangled by a member of the Corleone family while sitting in the front seat of a car right in front of the house. The Godfather Michael returns to the United States in 1950[4] and assumes Sonny's role as Vito's heir apparent. In The Godfather Part III, by 1979, the activities of the Corleone family were nearly completely legitimate. It was during this time that Vito's eldest son, Santino "Sonny" Corleone, made his reputation and eventually became a caporegime himself. His ability to think clearly under fire, to be decisive, and to command respect makes him an excellent Godfather. Michael is the youngest son of Vito Corleone, a Sicilian immigrant who builds a Mafia empire. Michael is a secondary character in Puzo's novel The Sicilian, which takes place during his first exile in Sicily. They became the most powerful crime family in New York City after defeating Salvatore Maranzano during the Olive Oil War in the early 1930s. His heroics during the war are featured in Life magazine. He turns over his New York criminal interests to longtime enforcer Joey Zasa (Joe Mantegna). Whoever approaches Michael about the meeting, Vito explains, will be the traitor within the family. He had been a sickly child, coming down with pneumonia at a young age.In the (non-canonical) continuation novel The Godfather Returns , it is revealed that Fredo is secretly bisexual, and has many secret liaisons with men. During World War II, he fights in both the Pacific and European Theaters, and is wounded in battle. For his bravery, he receives a battlefield commission to the rank of captain, and is awarded the Silver Star and the Navy Cross. After the performance, Mosca shoots Michael, but the bullet passes through him and hits Mary, killing her. Revisit The Godfather III a.k.a. The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone to watch the full-stop to a masterful saga. Michael recognizes that Vincent has inherited Sonny's fiery temper and fears Vincent will suffer his father's fate. On the night Michael announces he is dissolving his gambling empire, Zasa wipes out most of The Commission in a helicopter attack in Atlantic City. Unlike his two older brothers, Michael wants nothing to do with the Corleone "family business", wanting instead to lead a more Americanized life. RELATED: 10 Movies To Watch If You Like The Godfather Context: Michael Corleone's response when Archbishop Gilday tells him “friends” of the church lost a vast sum of money -- close to $800 million! Michael Corleone Blanco was born in 1970s. The Corleone family are a group of fictional characters in the novels and the films of The Godfather series, created by Mario Puzo and first appearing in his 1969 novel The Godfather. His many and often diverging traits build a curios image into the audience’s mind, one that enhances the available positive aspects just enough as to obscure the severely negative ones and … Within three years, they have two children, Anthony and Mary. Roth is eventually murdered on Michael's orders. Michael disowns Fredo, and tells his personal assassin Al Neri that nothing is to happen to his brother while their mother is alive — the implication being that Neri is to kill Fredo after she dies. Upon his father's death, Michael succeeds him as the don of the Corleone crime family. In The Godfather, Michael Corleone meets with Carlo, and tells him that he would be sent to Las Vegas and kicked out of the family for his involvement with another family. Hours after Anthony's First Communion party, unseen gunmen shoot at the Corleone house, nearly killing Michael and Kay. Mosca murders Tommasino, and Michael vows before his old friend's casket to sin no more. Kay realizes Connie's accusations were true, and that Michael has become his father's successor in every way. It was never Don Vito’s intention to have Michael involved in the “family business.” As Vito Corleone recuperates, Sollozzo requests that Michael broker a truce, but acting boss Sonny, suspecting a trap, refuses and demands the other Mafia families hand over Sollozzo to the Corleone family or else face war. Sitting in the same courtyard where he married Apollonia, he suddenly slumps over in his chair and falls to the ground, dead. Michael makes deliberate choices to differentiate himself from the rest of the Corleone family, showing up when he wants to instead of at the beginning of the wedding, wearing what he wants to instead of a tuxedo like the rest of his brothers, and bringing a non-Italian-American date (who herself chooses to wear a dress that is Americana in style). Back in the United States, Michael's brother Sonny is murdered. Michael also disapproves of the romance developing between Vincent and Michael's daughter, Mary (Sofia Coppola). He sells his gambling interests to the other Mafia families and reorganizes his vast business holdings as the "Corleone Group". Meanwhile, Michael convinces his father that it is time to remove the family from crime. With Michael's tacit blessing, he ordered the deaths of Gilday, Keinszig, and Lucchesi in one mass slaughter. Michael suspects Roth ordered the hit, and believes a mole within the Corleone family aided him. Michael Blanco’s estimated net worth is $5 million as of February 2021. Michael falls in love with and marries a young local woman named Apollonia Vitelli (Simonetta Stefanelli). Michael Corleone Blanco is part of the Baby boomers generation. To uncover Roth's involvement, Michael maintains their business relationship, and orders Pentangeli to settle a dispute with Roth's business partners, the Rosato Brothers. Arriving at the hospital, he finds his bedridden and immobile father unprotected from potential attack. At their mother's funeral, Michael sanctions the assassination of his surviving older brother. The show examines how the descendants of drug lords cope with their family legacy when their parents have serious cartel connections. Michael Corleone sold their interests in all casinos and hotels and invested only in businesses unconnected to Mafia activities. They are an organized crime family originating from the Sicilian town of Corleone, and who are based in New York City. The family consigliere, Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall), is their informal adoptive brother. Meanwhile, Kay decides to leave Michael and take their children with her, believing Michael will always live in a world of crime and violence. Although he was raised by relatives and legal guardians and was forced to be away from his parents for most of his childhood, Blanco grew up to be extremely bonded with his family. (l.-r.) Carmella (holding Connie), Fredo, Sonny, Vito (holding Michael) *This picture doesn't make much sense! Hagen warns that killing McCluskey would violate a long-standing Mafia rule not to kill police officers, and says it would incite deadly backlash from rival Mafia families and law enforcement. 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. Upon becoming successful, the family moved to a compound on Long Island. Like Shakespeare's King Lear, Michael Corleone cannot see past his own hubris and fate, sacrificing all to maintain his already crumbling throne, believing his actions will protect his family. There are many people who took the position of the Boss ever since the family was established as a mafia unit. Ridden with guilt over his ruthless rise to power, he uses his wealth in an attempt to rehabilitate his reputation through numerous acts of charity, administered by a foundation named after his father. 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. This triggers the Five Families War, during which Sonny is assassinated. 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]. In the December 2020 release of The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, a recut of the third film, the final scene is re-edited to make Michael's death more indefinite. The Holy See has named him a Commander of the Order of Saint Sebastian for his charitable works and large donations to Catholic institutions. Later the same day, he has Tessio and Carlo Rizzi (Gianni Russo), Connie's abusive husband who conspired in Sonny's murder, executed. The underboss of the Corleone's criminal enterprise, Joey Zasa, resentful of the reforms, aligned with aging kingpin Don Altobello, and together orchestrated an assassination attempt on Michael Corleone during a meeting in Atlantic City. Vito semi-retires in 1954, and Michael becomes operating head of the family. After Vito's suspicions are confirmed that Don Emilio Barzini (Richard Conte), his main rival in New York City, is the mastermind of his shooting and Sonny's murder, he and Michael begin a secret, complex plot to wipe out the other New York Dons. After careful preparation, Michael meets with Sollozzo and McCluskey at an Italian restaurant in The Bronx. [6] In The Godfather's Revenge, set a few years after the second film, he moves to protect his criminal empire against Geraci and the machinations of a powerful political dynasty, while dealing with the collapse of his marriage and his guilt over having Fredo murdered. At Vito's funeral, Tessio tells Michael that Barzini wants to arrange a meeting, confirming Vito's prediction. Michael, with Vito's support, advises them to be patient and wait until the move to Las Vegas is completed. When challenged by Kay, Michael denies having ordered Carlo's murder. Following this, Michael moves the family to Lake Tahoe. Despite this, Michael still dies alone and despondent after an unknown period of time. Under Michael's mentoring, Vincent is remade into a new man - wiser, patient, and aware of his status as the new Don. In an eplilogue scene set in 1997, an elderly Michael lives alone in Don Tommasino's villa. Born in May 6, 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). While awaiting Corleone reinforcements, Michael prevents a second assassination attempt on Vito by Sollozzo, then affirms his loyalty to his father. Of Vito’s children, he is certainly the best candidate to take over the family. The Corleone family has drawn comparisons with the real-life Genovese and Bonanno crime families.[1][2][3]. In the novel, Kay leaves Michael, but Hagen persuades her to return. Fredo says that he resents being "passed over" to head the family in favor of Michael, and that he withheld key information about the Senate investigation. — Michael Corleone Michael Corleone was the head of the Corleone Family after Vito Corleone stepped down. Some famous known Boss figure… After a second assassination attempt on Don Vito, Sonny has Bruno Tattaglia, son of Don Tattaglia, assassinated. Suspecting that Altobello may make another attempt on his life, he has Vincent infiltrate Altobello's regime under the pretense of defecting. But Michael was never supposed to get involved in the Mafia. The position of the Boss was the highest position in the hierarchical structure in the familyof Corleone. Corleone family caporegimes Salvatore Tessio (Abe Vigoda) and Clemenza request permission to begin operating their own families in Corleone territory. Tessio and Clemenza agree, but are clearly dissatisfied. Michael sets his plan in motion to murder the other New York Mafia heads: Barzini, Philip Tattaglia (Victor Rendina), Carmine Cuneo (Rudy Bond), and Victor Stracci (Don Costello), as well as Greene. The novel also implies that he was molested as a child by his parish priest. Carlo gets into a car that Michael had waiting for him, thinking that it was for the ride to the airport. Just prior to the hearing, Vincenzo and Frank exchange glances. At the same time, Michael sends Hagen to persuade Pentangeli to commit suicide to spare his family, and has caporegime Rocco Lampone (Tom Rosqui) kill a heavily guarded Roth at Idlewild Airport upon his return to the U.S. Fredo was born in 1919 in the Hell's Kitchen part of New York City. Michael is cold-blooded, ruthless, smart, and determined. The Godfather Part II is set in 1958 and 1959. Lamberto tells Michael he deserves to suffer for his terrible sins, but that there is hope for his redemption. Michael appears in Mark Winegardner's sequel novels The Godfather Returns and The Godfather's Revenge. However, Clemenza was in the backseat and garroted Carlo from behind. Around 1925, Vito formally organized the family, with Genco as his consigliere and Clemenza and Tessio as caporegimes. After Don Vito's semi-retirement, followed by his fatal heart attack, Michael succeeds his father as the Don. Weary of the bloody, lonely life of a Don, Michael retires, making Vincent his successor, but not before giving him permission to retaliate. It also opens in … ), and is eager to meet him, but Giuliano is murdered before the meeting can take place. Fredo, afraid of his brother, runs off; Roth escapes to Miami. The plot unfolds on the same day Michael stands as godfather to Connie's newborn son. The Boss was the leader of the family and made all the important decisions. In the three Godfather films, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Michael was portrayed by Al Pacino, for which he was twice-nominated for Academy Awards. Enraged, Michael hits Kay in the face and banishes her from the family, taking custody of Anthony and Mary. 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. Only Fredo supports Michael's decision. However, Michael has Pentangeli's brother Vincenzo (Salvatore Po) brought from Sicily. Michael returns to Sicily for Anthony's operatic debut at the Teatro Massimo. Characters Michael Corleone. Michael Corleone is the Don Corleone's youngest son and just recently returned from serving in WWII. Michael enrolls in Dartmouth College, but drops out to enlist in the United States Marine Corps the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. During the New Year's Eve festivities, victorious rebel forces enter Havana, forcing Batista into exile and ruining Michael's plans. Michael sends his bodyguard to eliminate Roth on New Year's Eve, but Cuban soldiers kill the bodyguard during the attempt. Michael carries out Sonny's plan to murder the other New York City Mafia bosses along with Moe Greene, who stood in the way of the family's business interests in Las Vegas, Salvatore Tessio, who betrayed Michael for Barzini, and Carlo Rizzi, who was involved in the murder of Sonny. 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. Vincent quickly and ruthlessly killed Mosca, the assassin responsible. Soon after, Neri murders Fredo on Michael's orders. Supportive- Michael Corleone (Patient, Non-Confrontational, Likes routine) It’s not until the end of the first film that we see Michael actually ascend into leadership, but that’s not until after his father and Sonny die. He retrieves a handgun that Corleone caporegime Peter Clemenza (Richard Castellano) had planted beforehand in the bathroom and kills Sollozzo and McCluskey by shooting them at point-blank range. Michael was the strongest of the Corleone family, though originally he wanted nothing to do with the family business, but he was quickly pulled in after the assassination attempt on his father. The Corleone crime family traces its roots to 1920, when Vito Corleone assassinated Little Italy's padrone, Don Fanucci, and took over Fanucci's territory along with fellow criminals Genco Abbandando, Peter Clemenza and Salvatore Tessio. When Pentangeli meets with them, they try to kill him, but he survives. Michael's new connection to the Church provides an opportunity to take over the large property company, Immobiliare. The Seventies saw many women's rights, gay rights, and environmental movements. No one could go against the boss as he was the one who ran the business and held maximum responsibility. Kay supports their son Anthony's (Franc D'Ambrosio) decision to reject the "family business" and become an opera singer, and tells Michael that both she and Anthony know the truth about Fredo's death. Born in May 6, 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 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. Michael escapes to Sicily and spends two years under Corleone ally Don Tommasino's (Corrado Gaipa) protection. Supposedly Connie was born in 1927, which would date this picture that year. However, Mary was killed in a failed assassination attempt on Michael. Meanwhile, Pentangeli, believing Michael had ordered a hit on him, prepares to testify against him in the Senate's investigation of organized crime. Meanwhile, the Immobiliare deal has stalled, supposedly because the critically ill Pope Paul VI must personally approve it. La Madrina fantasized that her fourth and youngest son would follow a path similar to that of Vito Corleone's Mikey. Now Moe Greene will sell us his share of the hotel and the casino so that it can be completely owned by the family. 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 … Fictional family from The Godfather series, The Godfather Papers and Other Confessions, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Corleone_family&oldid=1005659969, Lists of fictional characters by organization, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, 1955–1959 – Rocco Lampone (killed by law enforcement officers), This page was last edited on 8 February 2021, at 20:32. In return, Vincent agrees to end his romance with Mary. Michael is Vito's only college-educated child and does not want to be apart of the family business. Shortly afterward, he founded the Genco Pura Olive Oil Company as a front for his criminal activities. Michael has moved back to New York and taken great strides to remove the family from crime. Michael escapes with help from Vincent and Neri. The Corleone crime family (pronounced Corr-lee-oni) is a fictional family from the novel and movie series The Godfather, where it is one of the Five Families operating in New York and in other parts of the United States. Michael stays for a few weeks before intending to re-enter college without telling his family. The family was formed by Vito Corleone, who fronted … They deliberately allow their rivals to whittle away at Corleone interests to lull them into inaction. 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