Revealing mistake: When McCluskey is lying on the floor inside the restaurant after getting shot dead, he blinks.
Don Vito Corleone survives the assassination attempt and is now recovering in a local hospital. As a revenge, his young son Michael decides to kill Sollozzo and his partner, the corrupt Cpt. McCluskey. They arrange a meeting in a bar, in which Clemenza planted a gun. Michael finds the gun in the bathroom, Shoots Sollozzo and McCluskey and flees. While the family takes care of everything in the states, Michael is waiting for everything to be over in Sicily. He marries Apollonia, a beautiful local, and they start a family. However, Apollonia is murdered as a bomb hidden in her car explodes. Michael returns to the USA and marries Kay Adams. During that time, Michael's sister, Connie, is beaten by her husband, and Outraged Sonny beats him up in the street as a revenge. Connie's husband doesn't cease to hit her, so Sonny sets out to kill him - but encounters an armed ambush on the way and is shot dead by dozens of machine guns. Do Vito Corleone announces a truce between the five families before making Michael the new Don of the Family. When Vito dies, Michael orders to kill all the heads of the five families. The brutal assassinations take place during the baptism of Connie's newborn son whom Michael is Godfather to. Eventually, after discovering that Connie's husband had arranged the hit on Sonny, Clemenza strangles him to death by Michael's orders. Kay hears from Connie that Michael arranged the hit, but when she asks him if it's true, he answers, "No." Kay, relieved, exits Michael's office into the kitchen... but when she looks back into the office, Michael is being praised by his friends, and as the office door is closed before Kay, she is horrified to discover the Michael is the new Godfather.
Michael: My father is no different than any powerful man, any man with power, like a president or senator.
Kay Adams: Do you know how naive you sound, Michael? Presidents and senators don't have men killed.
Michael: Oh. Who's being naive, Kay?
Trivia: Marlon Brando won a Best Actor Oscar for his role as Vito Corleone. Robert DeNiro, who played the role via flashbacks in Part II, won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. They remain the only two actors to win Oscars for playing the same character. Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix both won for playing the Joker, but not really the same character, given the very different films and portrayals.
Question: Why did Don Corleone send Luca Brasi to gather intel on Sollozzo? Wouldn't it have been obvious to the Don that sending his bodyguard, who was widely known to be unquestionably loyal, wouldn't fool his adversaries, which would eventually, with Brasi dead, lead to his own death?
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