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A comparison of the book and movie versions of the godfather

Edit Some controversy surrounds the title of the book and its underworld implications. Although it is widely reported that Puzo was inspired to use " Godfather " as a designator for a Mafia leader from his experience as a reporter, the term The Godfather was first used in connection with the Mafia during Joe Valachi's testimony during the 1963 United States congressional hearing on organized crime.

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Vito has four children: He also has an informally adopted son, Tom Hagenwho became the Corleones' consigliere. Vito Corleone is also the godfather of a singer and movie star Johnny Fontane. The godfather referred to in the title is generally taken to be Vito. However, the story's central character is actually Michael. Its central theme follows that it is Michael's destiny to replace his father as the head of the family, despite his determination to lead a more Americanized life with his girlfriend and eventual wife Kay Adams.

The Corleone family is in fact a criminal organization with national influence, notably protection, extortion, gambling and union racketeering. Serving under the Don is his oldest son Santino, who serves as underboss. The operational side of the organization is headed by two caporegimes, Peter Clemenza and Salvatore Tessio. When Sollozzo and an Irish police captain are murdered by Michael, the conflict escalates into a full scale war which results in Santino's death and Michael, despite his wishes, ascending to the head of the family.

  • A subplot involving Johnny Fontane in Hollywood was not filmed;
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  • Winegardner uses all of the characters from the Puzo novels, and created a few of his own, most notably Nick Geraci , a Corleone caporegime whose role in the two sequel novels is as important as those of the Puzo-created characters;
  • Some of these details were actually filmed, and were included in later versions such as The Godfather Saga.

He slowly becomes more ruthless than his father, even killing his brother-in-law Carlo Rizziwho played a part in Santino's murder. Also as the story progresses many of the minor characters, such as the Don's godson Johnny Fontane and his friend Nino ValentiSonny's former girlfriend Lucy Manciniand Michael's bodyguard Al Neriare expanded on and given their own subplots.

Many of these subplots are not included in the movie. The novel culminates when Michael has his two main enemies, the novel's main antagonist, Emilio Barzini and a lesser but still severely important antagonist, Philip Tattagliaassassinated. After the total elimination of the Tattaglia family and Barzini familyMichael sells all his business in New York with the intention of making the Corleone family a legitimate business in Las Vegas.

Film adaptation Main article: Mario Puzo assisted with writing the screenplay and with other production tasks. The film is similar to the novel in most places, but leaves out some details, such as extended back stories for some characters.

Some of these details were actually filmed, and were included in later versions such as The Godfather Saga.

A subplot involving Johnny Fontane in Hollywood was not filmed. The biggest difference is that the novel includes a more upbeat ending than the film, in which Kay Corleone accepts Michael's decision to take over his father's business. The film, in contrast, ends with Kay's realization of Michael's ruthlessness, a theme that would develop in the second and third films, which are largely not based on the original novel.

  • The sequel novels continue the story from Puzo's novel;
  • A further sequel by Winegardner, The Godfather's Revenge , was released in 2006.

Entitled The Sicilian it chronicles the life of "Giuliano" Salvatore Giuliano but the Corleone family is featured heavily throughout, Michael Corleone in particular.

For copyright reasons the Corleone family involvement was cut from the Michael Cimino movie adaption. A further sequel by Winegardner, The Godfather's Revengewas released in 2006. The sequel novels continue the story from Puzo's novel.

It covers the years 1955 to 1962as well as providing significant backstory for Michael Corleone's character prior to the events of the first novel.

  • For copyright reasons the Corleone family involvement was cut from the Michael Cimino movie adaption;
  • The novel also includes many allusions to real life mobsters and their associates; Johnny Fontane is based on Frank Sinatra and Moe Greene on Bugsy Siegel;
  • Vito Corleone is also the godfather of a singer and movie star Johnny Fontane;
  • The novel also includes many allusions to real life mobsters and their associates; Johnny Fontane is based on Frank Sinatra and Moe Greene on Bugsy Siegel;
  • He also has an informally adopted son, Tom Hagen , who became the Corleones' consigliere;
  • Every thought, every doubt, every trait, every significant action, every insignificant action, basically everything that could have conceivably been mentioned was mentioned in the book.

The novel contains an appendix that attempts to correlate the events of the novels with the events of the films. The Godfather's Revenge covers the years 1963 to 1964. Continuing Puzo's habit, as seen in The Godfather, of featuring characters who are close analogues of real life events and public figures, Winegardner features in his two Godfather novels analogues of JosephJohnand Robert Kennedy the Shea family, in the novels as well as an analogue for alleged organized crime figure Carlos Marcello Carlo Tramonti.

In The Godfather ReturnsWinegardner also dramatizes the sweep of organized crime arrests that took place in Apalachin, New York, in 1957.

The Godfather

Winegardner uses all of the characters from the Puzo novels, and created a few of his own, most notably Nick Geracia Corleone caporegime whose role in the two sequel novels is as important as those of the Puzo-created characters. Winegardner further develops characters from the original novel, such as Fredo Corleone, Tom Hagen, and Johnny Fontane.

Other adaptations Main article: Francis Ford Coppola said in April 2005 that he was not informed of Paramount's decision to allow the game to be made and he did not approve of it. Influences Edit Large parts of the novel are based upon reality, notably the history of the Five Families.

The novel also includes many allusions to real life mobsters and their associates; Johnny Fontane is based on Frank Sinatra and Moe Greene on Bugsy Siegel.