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The godfather : it's not just mafia

Updated on June 25, 2012

“We are a family, and the loyalty of the family must come before anything and everyone else. For if we honor that commitment, we will never be vanquished-but if we falter in that loyalty we will all be condemned.”

A genuine masterpiece by Mario Puzo and a cult classic by Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather Trilogy have inspired filmmakers of all generations and genre. Categorized into a crime film, The Godfather depicts an epic era of the Sicilian Mafia in America.

“The Sicilian Mafia… the only empire in the history of mankind which started towards a downfall”

But in my opinion the inner depth of the godfather is much more than the Sicilian mafia. It’s about responsible men looking after their family, making sacrifices, compromises, lying to their loved ones to keep them safe. It’s about the desperation that drives a man to crime… when he has no other options to feed his family.

“In a family… children can be careless, women can be careless but men… men can never be careless”

A small Vito Andolini sees his family killed in front of his eyes and somehow escapes to America, the land of opportunity. The young Vito is fired from a grocery store by pressure the local Black-Hand and thinks over how he will take care of his family. He has no choice in front of him. He starts with stealing a rug with Clemenza (soon to be his longtime friend). He gets into illegal trade where again the black-hand tortures him mentally. Finally, the smart Vito comes to terms with the reality of power and kills the black-hand, Don Fanucci. Hiding his activities from his family Vito starts his journey to become Don Vito Corleone, head of the Corleone Crime Family… called the Godfather with respect from all.

“Power is not everything, it’s the only thing”

The Don rises to power making strong enemies. He refuses drugs unlike the other families and left with his eldest son Santino dead and his youngest son Michael whom he never wanted to get involved in the crime family business, as his successor, the next Don Corleone. The Don did everything possible to protect his family’s interests… in the end he died in front of his grandson with Sonny dead… Fredo incapable… and Michael… a marine, the successor to his crime family.

“He smelled the garden, the yellow shield of light smote his eyes, and he whispered, "Life is so beautiful."

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Yet, he thought, if I can die saying, "Life is so beautiful," then nothing else is important.”

Michael, the youngest of Vito’s sons never thought of getting into his father’s family business. He had other plans for himself and his love Kay. But his love for his father and family were eternal and irrevocable. After the assassination attempt on his father, he is left with no choice but to look after him, avenge this attempt and gets involved in the family business. After Sonny’s death he is the only capable successor to the Don. Again to support his falling family, to ensure the protected future of his family he becomes the new Don. He promises Kay that he will legalize the family business in five years and marries her. In the years to come he tries harder and harder… but the whenever he is at the brink of success, some dispute leads to him getting back into crime.

“Every time I try to pull out, they pull me back in”

Michael devotes all his life in getting the family business legal removing any stone in the shoe he found. He is forced to take his brother Fredo’s life after a major betrayal from him. He gets divorced, his mother dies, but Michael keeps working. He wishes to ensure a secure future for his children for his sister Connie for his godsons.

The last part of the trilogy ends tragically with Michael's daughter Sonia dying of an assassination attempt over him. He is devastated. After trying everything for his family, for his loved ones in the end he’s alone sitting on a chair, recounting his memories of his loved ones, cherishing the good memories, repenting the orders he gave, and realizing the dread of god… He dies.

The godfather outlines the love for family, the desperation to protect and feed one’s family, the difficult choices to make for the benefit of the family… at everyone’s disapproval.

THE GODFATHER truly is an epic… hats off…

“In the growth of thy power,,, he lost thy familia, he lost thy love, he lost thy faith, he lost thy friends.... gained power.......
i tried hard but.... in the end... only a moment snapped me to death.... now m silent....lying down.... bleeding slowly.... like Caesar had it all.... but died in a pool of blood...... ALONE.... i kiss my destiny... by the lips of death

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      rituraj sharad 5 years ago

      very thoughtfull, it took me into the depth of godfather myself

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      shalini sharan 5 years ago from Delhi

      the essence of the movie is captured very nicely

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      somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Yes, you surely captured the essence of the movie and yet I must disagree with the premise that power is everything.

      True Power comes from within absolutely, but the action of that power is what defines us.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I always liked the movie.. You did a good job at this.. thanks for sharing

      I voted up and awesome

      Happy New year

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Thank you Deborah and a very happy new year to you. Godfather is movie which compels us to see love and watch itself again and again..

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Welcome to the HubPages Community!

      The Godfather is a cinematic triumph and your review of it is outstanding. I enjoyed your Hub very much. Thank you for the good read.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Up and awesome to the Godfather films and your tribute!!!

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Thanks Linda!

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      rabbit75 5 years ago

      Great hub rahul0324, and I think you really nailed it on the head with this one. Although, the backdrop of the film and story is the mafia and criminal underworld...the real meat of the story is about family.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Thanks rabbit for stopping by and leaving such a great comment man! much appreciated!

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Excellent review on The Godfather! Thank you Rahul :)

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Thanks a lot Martie! :) Glad you liked it.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Great writing about the Godfather. Not an easy movie to write about in one hub but you did an excellent job. I especially liked "Michael devotes all his life in getting the family business legal removing any stone in the shoe he found." Really nice job. Voted up.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Strong family ties: honour of name and loyalty. This was my grandpa's favourite movie and novel. Interesting hub! Sharing it, Rahul :)

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Mary! Thank you so much! Glad you liked my work!

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Thanks coffee! You summed it all:)

      Much appreciated

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      Steve Lensman 5 years ago from London, England

      One of my favourite movies. Good work Rahul. Michael paid the ultimate price for having his weak brother killed, the death of his beloved daughter.

      I remember a few years ago on my movie forum we had to pick a "perfect film", The Godfather was my pick. Not the 2nd movie or the 3rd, the 1st.

      Voted Up and Awesome.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Thanks Steve! Glad you liked my movie hub.... yours are always so wonderful!

      Yes you are right the first will have to be perfect! The third... not so happening... but the trilogy, all in all... makes me obsessed

      Thank you for stopping by steve :) it's a pleasure to hear from you

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      rabbit75 5 years ago

      The third is really bagged on for some reason, and I think it's really a fitting end to the Godfather series, because the story does follow some actual events of the downfall of the Italian mafia.

      Actually, the entire Godfather series is based on some actual history. Godfather III marks the end of the old and the end of the new gangster that Vincent (Alex Garcia) represents. In history, the younger wolves that were comin' up through the ranks of the mafia really brought it down...ie look at Goodfellas and Casino and you'll see characters like that played by Joe Pesci.

      In the first one, Sonny was also a representation of a younger mafiaso....temper clouded reason and did things in the heat of the moment without thinking things through like Michael did. In the second one, that representation of the younger generation "screwing things up" was hinted at with the Rosato brothers, who supposedly shot up heroin.

      In the third one, the downfall was represented with Vincent and Joey Zassa, whom I believe was kinda modeled off of John Gotti.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      You are very correct my friend! The portrayal really relates to the downfall of Mafia... the only empire in history to start falling from the top!

      The younger generations are aptly represented by Sonny Corleone and sealed the end of the empire...

      What more can I say... Rabbit here has said it all...

      Thanks for the revisit man!

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

      Awesome hub on one of the most powerful series of films ever made. Even as a kid I saw the masterful direction and acting in these movies. Excellent work Rahul. Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting :)

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Hi James! Glad you liked the hub! I believe it is the most powerful.. influential series ever made!

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      molometer 4 years ago

      I liked your review of this classic series of movies.

      They are as watchable today, as when they were made. Timeless themes.

      Power,Family,loyalty and betrayal.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Indeed Michael... they are evergreen classics... In fact many of college mates are ardent fan... For me.. I am a Godfather Fanatic...

      Thank you for connecting my friend :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      The combination of Marlin Brando and Al Pacino was wonderful in the part one. Other parts are okay.

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      You are right Vinaya.. the combo was brilliant... Legendary.. thank you

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Wow, what an excellent review of such an incredible movie, voted up and awesome!

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Thank you so much Josh!! I am glad you liked my work

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      You are very welcome! :) It is a pleasure to meet you too! I am friends with Billy, TT, M, shining, and bravewarrior, so any friend of theirs is a friend of mine too :) Let's follow each other!

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Oh! They are terrific people... I have already sent you a request on FB.... will look forward to reading more from you

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Oh ok thanks! :) have a great night you should stop by and read my "look inside me" it is my introduction about me so my new friends can get to know me a little :)

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      sure sure.... It's afternoon here in India my friend... but will have a great night I hope...

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      hahaha touche' I forgot hehe :)

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      no worries.. brother:)

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      i didn't get your fb request...

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      sent it again.. chk it out... by the name of rahul rakesh :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      got it thanks :)

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      poojasd7 4 years ago from India

      good review...recollected the godfather saga. also refreshed the feel-good factor about this movie. voted up!

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Thanks Pooja... Good to see and know that you like the trilogy too :)

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I will have to work on my Godfather impression hehe. I vote up and will share too

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      Ashish Joshi 4 years ago from India

      A cult movie. I absolutely loved the first part more than others.

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Haha... Christy.. I think you will like the movies... Thank you so much for the voted

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      the First part is indeed the best... thanks for the visit Ashish :)

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      Darrylmdavis 4 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      A fun Hub to read...kind of reminded me of Easter lunch with my in-laws LOL!

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Thank you Darryl... The movie makes me nostalgic about my childhood and teenage with my father :)

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      Rina Pinto 4 years ago from Dubai - UAE

      One of my favorite movie - The God-Father - I have voted as Awesome - A beautiful write up my Super Boy.. loved reading every bit - A Prologue indeed.

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Hello.. Ree!

      It is the movie... it is the ultimate masterclass.... Nothing else is greater... Thank you for such kind words :)

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      anandnairkollam 3 years ago from India

      Good presentation; notable points too! you have struck the nail when you mention how the movie depicts the importance for a man to protect his family against everything; no doubt, The Godfather is the No.1 movie of all times;

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