The Godfather (1972) Poster


Al Lettieri: Sollozzo



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

  • Sollozzo : Bene, Don Corleone. I need a man who has powerful friends. I need a million dollars in cash. I need, Don Corleone, all of those politicians that you carry around in your pocket, like so many nickels and dimes.

    Don Corleone : What is the interest for my family?

    Sollozzo : Thirty percent. In the first year your end should be three, four million dollars. And then it would go up.

    Don Corleone : And what is the interest for the Tattalgia family?

    Sollozzo : [smiles at Tom]  My compliments.

    [Hagen gives a formal nod] 

    Sollozzo : I'll take care of the Tattaglias, out of my share.

    Don Corleone : So, I am to receive thirty percent for finance, for legal protection and political influence. Is that what you're telling me?

    Sollozzo : That's right.

    Don Corleone : Why come to me? What have I done to deserve such generosity?

    Sollozzo : If you consider a million dollars in cash merely finance...

    [raises his glass] 

    Sollozzo : Te salut, Don Corleone.

    [the Don gets up to take a drink and sits closer to Sollozzo] 

    Don Corleone : I said that I would see you because I had heard that you were a serious man, to be treated with respect. But I must say no to you and let me give you my reasons. 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.

    Sollozzo : No, Don Corleone...

    Don Corleone : It makes no difference, it don't make any difference to me what a man does for a living, you understand. But your business is a little dangerous.

    Sollozzo : If you're worried about security for your million, the Tattaglias will guarantee it.

    Sonny : Whoa, now, you're telling me that the Tattaglias guarantee our investment without...?

    Don Corleone : Wait a minute.

    [the Don gives his son a cold stare, freezing Santino into silence. The others fidget with embarrassment at this outbreak, but Sollozzo looks slyly satisfied...] 

    Don Corleone : [dismissive]  I have a sentimental weakness for my children and I spoil them, as you can see. They talk when they should listen. Anyway, Signor Sollozzo, my no to you is final. I want to congratulate you on your new business and I'm sure you'll do very well and good luck to you. Especially since your interests don't conflict with mine. Thank you.

    [Sollozzo leaves] 

    Don Corleone : Santino, come here.

    Don Corleone : What's the matter with you? I think your brain is going soft with all that comedy you are playing with that young girl. Never tell anyone outside the Family what you are thinking again. Go on.

  • Virgil 'The Turk' Sollozzo : He's still alive. They hit him with five shots and he's still alive!

  • Sollozzo : [to Michael, in Sicilian]  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.

    [Michael tries speaking in Sicilian, but can't express himself properly, so with a quick look at McCluskey they both switch to English] 

    Michael : What I want... what's most important to me is that I have a guarantee: no more attempts on my father's life.

    Sollozzo : What guarantees could I give you, Mike? I'm the hunted one. I've missed my chance. You think too much of me, kid. I am not that clever. All I want is a truce.

    Michael : I have to go to the bathroom. Is that all right?

    Capt. McCluskey : You gotta go, you gotta go.

    [Michael gets up, but a suspicious Sollozzo probes Michael's crotch, to Michael's offense] 

    Capt. McCluskey : I frisked him. He's clean.

    Sollozzo : Don't take too long...

    [Michael heads to the bathroom] 

    Capt. McCluskey : [to Sollozzo]  I frisked a thousand young punks.

  • [Tom Hagen goes Christmas shopping, and meets Sollozzo] 

    Sollozzo : I want to talk to you.

    Tom Hagen : [stepping aside]  I haven't got time...

    Sollozzo : Make time, Consigliore!

    [Hagen finds himself trapped between Sollozzo and a hood] 

    Sollozzo : What are you worried about? If I wanted to kill you you'd be dead already. Get in.

    [a car drives up] 

  • Sollozzo : I'm glad you came, Mike. I hope we can straighten everything out. I mean, this is terrible... it's not the way I wanted things to go at all. It should've never happened.

    Michael : We'll straighten everything out tonight. I don't want my father bothered anymore.

    Sollozzo : He won't be, Mike. I swear on my children he won't be. But you gotta keep an open mind when we talk. I mean, I hope you're not a hothead like your brother Sonny. You can't talk business with him.

    Capt. McCluskey : Ahh, he's a good kid. I'm sorry about the other night, Mike.

    [Shakes Michael's hand] 

    Capt. McCluskey : I gotta frisk you, so turn around, on your knees facing me.

    [Michael turns around, McCluskey frisks him] 

    Capt. McCluskey : I guess I'm getting too old for my job. Too grouchy... can't stand the aggravation. You know how it is.

    [to Sollozzo] 

    Capt. McCluskey : He's clean.

  • Michael : [the car that Michael, Sollozzo, and McClusky are riding in takes an unexpected detour]  New Jersey... we're going to New Jersey?

    Sollozzo : [sinister]  Maybe.

  • Capt. McCluskey : How's the Italian food in this restaurant?

    Sollozzo : Good. Try the veal, it's the best in the city.

    Capt. McCluskey : I'll have it.

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