Revealing mistake: When McCluskey is lying on the floor inside the restaurant after getting shot dead, he blinks.
The Godfather (1972)
Ending / spoiler
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Robert Duvall, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, James Caan, Marlon Brando, Richard S. Castellano
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.
Suggested correction: I just watched the scene; he doesn't blink. The shot is very wide, and his eyes are barely visible in the frame anyway, but even paying very close attention to McCluskey, there's no blinking.
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: The infant playing Connie and Carlo's baby son Michael Francis Rizzi who Kay holds during the christening scene is Sofia Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola's daughter, who was born in May 1971. Sofia later had a prominent role in Part III as Michael's daughter, Mary. Other than the main characters, Sofia is the only actor to have appeared in all three films. In The Godfather II, she can be briefly seen as an immigrant girl on the ship that brings Vito Corleone to Ellis Island.
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