Sonny Corleone
Sonny Corleone
Actor: James Caan (age 31 in this movie)
Sonny Corleone's Memorable Quotes:
Sollozzo
Don Vito Corleone
Sonny Corleone
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.What is the interest for my family?Thirty percent. In the first year your end should be three, four million dollars. And then it would go up.And what is the interest for the Tattalgia family?[smiles at Tom] My compliments.

[Hagen gives a formal nod]

I'll take care of the Tattaglias, out of my share.So, I am to receive thirty percent for finance, for legal protection and political influence. Is that what you're telling me?That's right.Why come to me? What have I done to deserve such generosity?If you consider a million dollars in cash merely finance...

[raises his glass]

Te salut, Don Corleone.

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

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.No, 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.If you're worried about security for your million, the Tattaglias will guarantee it.Whoa, now, you're telling me that the Tattaglias guarantee our investment without...?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... ]

[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]

Santino, come here.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.
Sonny Corleone
Goddamn FBI don't respect nothin'.
Sonny Corleone
Clemenza
Hey, listen, I want somebody good - and I mean very good - to plant that gun. I don't want my brother coming out of that toilet with just his dick in his hands, alright?The gun'll be there.
Sonny Corleone
Tom Hagen
Michael Corleone
Clemenza
Tom-anuch! Hey, a hundred button men on the street twenty-four hours a day. That Turk shows one hair on his ass and he's dead.

[to Michael, whose face is bruised]

Michael, come here. Let me look at you. You're beautiful, beautiful, just beautiful. Hey, listen to this. The Turk, he wants to talk. You believe the nerve on this son of a bitch? He craps out last night and now he wants to have a meetin'.What did he say?What did he say, badda-beep, badda-boop, badda-boop, badda-beep, he wants us to send Michael to hear the proposition and the promise is the deal is so good we can't refuse. Ha.What about Bruno Tattaglia?Ah, that's part of the deal. Bruno cancels out what they did to my father.We ought to hear what they have to say, Sonny.No, no, no, not this time, Consigliary. No more meetin's, no more discussions, no more Sollozzo tricks. You give them a message from I want Solozzo if not it's all out war we go to the mattresses.Some of the other families won't sit still for an all out war.Then you tell them to hand over Sollozzo!Your father wouldn't want to hear this, Sonny. This is business not personal.They shoot my father and it's business, my ass!Even shooting your father was business not personal, Sonny!Well then, business is going to have to suffer. And please, do me a favor, Tom. No more advice on how to patch things up just help me win, please?I found out about this Captain McClusky who broke Mike's jaw.Alright, what about him.He's definitely on Sollozzo's payroll and for big money. Now, McClusky has agreed to be the Turk's bodyguard. Now what you have to understand, Sonny, is that while Sollozzo's being guarded like this he is invulnerable. Nobody has ever gunned down a New York police captain before. It would be disasterous. All the other five families would turn against you. The Corleone Family would be outcast. Even the old man's political protection would run for cover. So, do me a favor, take this into consideration.Alright, we wait.You can't wait.What?You can't wait. I don't care what Sollozzo says about a deal he's gonna kill Pop. He has to. It's a key for him. You gotta get Sollozzo.Mikey's right.Alright, Professor, what about McClusky. What do we do with this cop here?They want to have a meeting with me, right? It will be me, McClusky and Sollozzo. Let's set the meeting. We get our informants to find out where it's going to be held. Now we insist that it be held in a public place, a bar or a restaurant where there'll be other people there so I'll feel safe. They're going to search me when I first meet them, right? So I can't have a weapon on me. But if Clemenza can figure a way to have a weapon planted for me, then I'll kill them both.[laughing] What are you gonna do? Nice college boy, didn't want to get mixed up in the family business. Now you want to gun down a police captain. Why? Because he slapped you in the face a little? What do you think this like the Army where you can shoot 'em from a mile away? No you gotta get up like this and, badda-bing, you blow their brains all over your nice Ivy League suit. C'mere.

[Kisses Michael on the head]

You're taking this very personal. Tom, this is business and this man is taking it very, very personal.
Tom Hagen
Don Vito Corleone
Sonny Corleone
Sollozo is known as the Turk. He's supposed to be very good with a knife. But only in matters of business, or of some sort of reasonable complaint. His business is narcotics. He has the fields in Turkey, where they grow the poppy. In Sicily he has the plant to process it into heroin. He needs cash and he needs protection from the police for which he gives a piece of the action, I couldn't find out how much. The Tattaglia Family is behind him here in New York so they have to be in it for something.What about his prison record?Two terms, one in Italy, and one here. He's known as a top narcotics man.Santino, what do you think?There's a lot of money in that white powder.Tom?Well, I say yes. There is more money potential in narcotics than anything else we're looking at now. If we don't get into it, somebody else will, maybe one of the Five Families, maybe all of them. And with the money they earn they'll be able to buy more police and political power. Then they come after us. Right now we have the unions and we have the gambling and those are the best things to have. But narcotics is a thing of the future. If we don't get a piece of that action we risk everything we have. Not now, but ten years from now.Well, what's your answer gonna be, Pop?
Sonny Corleone
Clemenza
[Tessio brings in Luca Brasi's bulletproof vest, delivered with a fish inside]What the hell is this?It's a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.
Sonny Corleone
Michael Corleone
Hey, whaddya gonna do, nice college boy, eh? Didn't want to get mixed up in the Family business, huh? Now you wanna gun down a police captain. Why? Because he slapped ya in the face a little bit? Hah? What do you think this is the Army, where you shoot 'em a mile away? You've gotta get up close like this and - bada-BING! - you blow their brains all over your nice Ivy League suit. C'mere...

[kisses Michael's head]

Sonny...You're taking this very personal. Tom, this is business and this man is taking it very, very personal.
Sonny Corleone
[after Sonny beats up Carlo Rizzi for hitting Connie]You touch my sister again, I'll kill you.
Sonny Corleone
Clemenza
How's Paulie?Oh, Paulie... won't see him no more.
Don Vito Corleone
Sonny Corleone
[the Corleone Family poses for the wedding photo][to Sonny] Where's Michael?Don't worry. He'll be here.We're not taking the picture without Michael.
Sonny Corleone
Connie
[Sonny pays a visit to his sister Connie. He is surprised to find her subdued and evasive][surprised] What's the matter? Huh? What's the matter?[He looks at her swollen face and understands what has happened. He pulls away to go after Carlo... ]
Michael Corleone
Sonny Corleone
Clemenza
[Michael gets ready to leave the house]Where're you going?To the City.[to Clemenza] Yeah? Well, send somebody with him.No, I'm just gonna go see Pop.I don't care, send some bodyguards with him.He'll be all right. Sollozzo knows he's a civilian.Yeah? Well take care, all right?Yes, sir.

[Michael leaves]

Send someone with him anyway...
Sonny Corleone
Carlo Rizzi
Connie
Mama Corleone
[Sunday dinner at the Corleone home... ]Niggers havin' a real good time up in Harlem...I knew that was going to happen as soon as they tasted the big money.Papa never talked about business in front of the kids.Shut up, Connie.Hey, don't you EVER tell her to shut up, you got that?Santino, don't interfere.

[Silence reigns around the table for a while]

Sonny, Tom, I'd like to talk to you after dinner. I think I can do a lot more for this family...We don't discuss business at the table.
Michael Corleone
Sonny Corleone
You gonna kill all those guys?Hey, Mikey, stay out of this, all right?
Sonny Corleone
Michael Corleone
Did he... did Clemenza tell you to drop the gun?Yeah, a million times.
Sonny Corleone
Clemenza
Paulie Gatto
[Paulie enters the Corleones' study]What is it?Hey, Paulie, I thought I told you to stay put.The guy at the gate says there's a package.Yeah? Hey, Tessio, go see what it is.You want me to hang around?Yeah, hang around. You all right?[coughing] Yeah, yeah...You hungry? There's a little food in the ice box.Nah, nah.Well, how about a drink? Some brandy, it'll sweat it out of ya. Alright, babe...

[Paulie leaves]

[to Clemenza] I want you to take care of that sonofabitch right away. Paulie sold out the old man, that stronz. I don't want to see him no more. I want you to make that first thing on your list, understand?Understood.
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