The Godfather

The Godfather quotes

88 total quotes (ID: 241)

Clemenza
Don Vito Corleone
Michael Corleone
Multiple Characters
Santino "Sonny" Corleone
Tom Hagen


Sollozzo: Tom! Tom Hagen! Merry Christmas! He, I'm glad I run into you.
Tom Hagen: Well, I haven't got time.
Sollozzo: Aw, make time, consiglieri. Get in the car. What are you worried about? If I want to kill you, you'd be dead already. Get in.

Sollozzo: Your boss is dead. I know you're not in the muscle-end of the family, Tom, so I don't want you to be scared. I want you to help the Corleones, and I want you to help me. Yeah, we got him outside his office just about an hour after we picked you up. Drink it. So now it's up to you to make the peace between me and Sonny. Sonny was hot for my deal, wasn't he? And you knew it was the right thing to do.
Tom Hagen: Sonny'll come after you with everything's he got.
Sollozzo: That'll be his first reaction, sure. That's why you gotta talk some sense into him. The Tattaglia family is behind me with all their people. The other New York Families will go along with anything that will prevent a full-scale war. Let's face it, Tom, and all due respect, the Don, rest in peace, was -- slippin'. Ten years ago, could I have gotten to him? Well now, he's dead. He's dead, Tom, and nothing can bring him back. So you gotta talk to Sonny, you gotta talk to the caporegimes, that Tessio and that Fat Clemenza. It's good business, Tom.
Tom Hagen: I'll try, but even Sonny won't be able to call Luca Brasi off.
Sollozzo: Yeah, well, let me worry about Luca. You just talk to Sonny and the other two kids.
Tom Hagen: I'll try my best.
Sollozzo: Good. Now, you can go. I don't like violence, Tom. I'm a business man. Blood is a big expense.

Sonny: And I'm sending Fredo to, uh, Las Vegas, under the protection of, uh, Don Francesco of L.A.
Fredo: I'm going to learn the casino business.

Sonny: How's Paulie?
Pete Clemenza: Oh, Paulie... won't see him no more.

Sonny: I want you to find out where that ol' pimp Tattaglia is hiding - I want his ass now, right now.
Tom Hagen: Things are starting to loosen up a bit. If you go after Tattaglia, all hell's gonna break...
Sonny: Oh, Tom.
Tom Hagen: ...loose. Let, let the smoke clear. Pop can negotiate.
Sonny: No, Pop can't do nothin' till he's better. I'm going to decide what's going to be done.
Tom Hagen: All right, but your war is costing us a lot of money, nothing's coming in...We can't do business...
Sonny: Well, neither can they! Don't worry about it.
Tom Hagen: They don't have our overhead...We can't afford a stalemate.
Sonny: Well, then, there ain't no more stalemate - I'm gonna end it by killin' that ol' bastard! I'm gonna...kill...
Tom Hagen: Yeah, well, you're getting a great reputation. I hope you're enjoying it.
Sonny: Well, you just do what I tell you to do. Goddamn it. If I had a wartime consigliere, a Sicilian, I wouldn't be in this shape! Pop had Genco, look what I got. I'm sorry, I didn't mean that. Ma made me a little dinner. It's Sunday.
Tom Hagen: It's alright.

Tessio: Barzini wants to arrange a meeting, straighten any of our problems out.
...
Tom Hagen: Tessio. I always thought it would be Clemenza.
Michael Corleone: It's the smart move. Tessio was always smarter.

Tessio: Can you get me off the hook, Tom? You know, for old times' sake?
Tom Hagen: Can't do it, Sally.
Tessio: Tell Michael it was strictly business. I always liked him.
Tom Hagen: He understands that.

Tom Hagen: [to Don Corleone, about Virgil Sollozzo] He's known as 'The Turk.' He's supposed to be very good with a knife, but only in matters of business or some sort of reasonable complaint. His business is narcotics. He has fields in Turkey where they grow the poppies. And in Sicily, he has the plants to process them into heroin. Now, 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.
Sonny: There's a lot of money in that white powder.
Tom Hagen: Well, I say yes. There's 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. Now, with the money they earn, they can buy more police and political power - then they come after us. Now we have the unions, we have the gambling, and they're the best things to have. But narcotics is a thing of the future. And if we don't get a piece of that action, we risk everything we have - I mean not now, but ten years from now.

Tom Hagen: I was sent by a friend of Johnny Fontane's - his friend is my client, who'd give his undying friendship to Mr. Woltz, if Mr. Woltz would grant us a small favor.
Jack Woltz: Woltz is listening.
Tom Hagen: Give Johnny the part in that new war film you're starting next week.
Jack Woltz: [after laughing] And, uh, what favor would your friend grant Mr. Woltz?
Tom Hagen: You're gonna have some union problems; my client could make them disappear. Also, one of your top stars has just moved from marijuana to heroin...
Jack Woltz: Are you trying to muscle me?
Tom Hagen: Absolutely not.
Jack Woltz: Now listen here, you smooth-talking sonofabitch! Let me lay it on the line for you and your boss, whoever he is. Johnny Fontane will never get that movie. I don't care how many dago, wop, guinea, greaseball goombas come out of the woodwork.
Tom Hagen: I'm German-Irish.
Jack Woltz: Well, let me tell you something, my kraut-mick friend. I'm gonna make so much trouble for you you won't know what hit you!
Tom Hagen: Mr. Woltz, I'm a lawyer. I am not threatened.
Jack Woltz: I know almost every big lawyer in New York. Who the hell are you?
Tom Hagen: I have a special practice. I handle one client. Now, you have my number. I'll await your call. By the way, I admire your pictures very much.

Tom Hagen: Michael, why am I out?
Michael: You're not a wartime consigliere, Tom. Things may get rough with the move we're trying.

Tom Hagen: You know how they're going to come at you?
Michael: They want to arrange a meeting between me and Barzini. On Tessio's ground. Where I'll be safe.

[Michael calls Sonny from a phone booth]
Michael: Sonny, Michael.
Sonny: Michael, where you been?
Michael: Is he all right?
Sonny: We don't know yet. There's all kinds of stories. He was hit bad, Mikey. Are you there?
Michael: Yeah, I'm here.
Sonny: Where you been? I was worried.
Michael: Didn't Tom tell you? I called.
Sonny: No. Look, come home, kid. You should be with Mama, ya hear?
Michael: Alright.

[Michael is being drilled for a "hit" on Sollozzo and Capt. McCluskey]
Pete Clemenza: All right, you just shot 'em both. Now what do you do?
Michael Corleone: Sit down and finish my dinner.

[Sonny opens a package to find two fish wrapped in Luca's bulletproof vest.]
Sonny: What the hell is this?
Pete Clemenza: It's a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.

[In the hospital after Sollozzo tries to kill him] There's a lot of trouble with this Sollozzo business. Its very unfortunate. I know the Tattaglia's are a little misfortunate...down on their heads. Well...that's life. Everyone's got their own circle of sorrow.