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.
Tom Hagen: I'm an attorney for the Corleone family. These men are private detectives hired to protect Vito Corleone. They are licensed to carry firearms. If you interfere you'll have to appear before a judge in the morning and show cause.
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.
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