Did 'The Godfather' Fail Italian Americans After All?

May 29, 2017 1951

BY: Jack Doyle

People sometimes forget that the most famous line in The Godfather — “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse” — didn’t originate with the formidable Don Corleone, played into rumbling infamy by a cotton-mouthed Marlon Brando. Michael Corleone, played by pre-stardom Al Pacino, has brought his girlfriend, Kay (a wide-eyed Diane Keaton), to a family party. Michael may be the son of a formidable Italian-American Mafia boss, but he’s about as assimilated as you can get: an Ivy League grad sitting quietly in uniform with his WASP girlfriend at an Italian wedding.

And as he sits there, his raucous family erupting around him, and Mob relations quietly ensuring no one takes their photo, Michael slowly starts to explain to Kay what his family’s all about. “My father made him an offer he couldn’t refuse,” he murmurs, a little awkwardly. It turns out that means holding a gun to someone’s head. Kay’s eyes get even wider as she figures it out. “That’s my family, Kay,” Michael says firmly. “That’s not me.”

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