Sonny is brought in and he confirms that he was the mastermind behind the scheme. Sonny and Trapani also engaged in a war against the Cuneos, attacking a distribution racket run by Artie "The Moose" Manzanero. Sonny, however, is not without a softer side. 7. Caporegime Underboss Acting Don By all accounts, Carlo Rizzi got what was coming to him. Sonny was a short-tempered person, with severe anger issues, often flying into fits of rage. His gang mostly sticks up trucks importing illegal alcohol. He was a kind and loving father, and a good (but unfaithful) husband. Unusually, his infidelities did not trouble his wife, who was scared of making love due to Sonny's large "appendage". Michael kills both Sollozzo and McCluskey, and is sent immediately to Sicily to avoid prosecution and wait out the inevitable crackdown on the Five Families. Vito arranged to have Sonny's bullet hole covered body fixed for his wake by enlisting a favor from Bonasera, the trusted undertaker. Vito used the situation as a test for Sonny, but was displeased with the result; his eldest son had the workmen beaten before forcing them to repair the damage. His godfather, Peter Clemenza, had brought the matter to Vito, and Vito was far less than pleased. Vito summarily impressed upon Sonny that he must be "the rapier, not the club". The car is sprayed with bullets and though he takes several shots before he exits the car, Sonny tries to escape, only to be shot further. Sonny and Michael at Connie's wedding, 1945. An assassination attempt on the Don was arranged. Unfortunately, Sonny revealed, how he had seen Fanucci's murder and Vito was helpless to protest for fear he would seem a hypocrite. Born His devotion to his father earned his nickname, Sonny, as could be seen when he attacked Michael for deciding to tell their father that he had enlisted in the Marines and dropped out of college on their father's birthday in 1941. The deaths of the Dons of Five Families, including Barzini and Tattaglia, were also partially out of revenge for Sonny's death. Follow @genius on Twitter for updates In Returns, she learns from her twin sister Kathy that their family was involved in the Mafia, and that their father had not died in a car accident like they had been told. It was he, who was supposed to head the family business after the death of Vito. In "Strong Arms of the Ma", Marge beats up a mugger in a way similar to how Sonny beat up Carlo. When Sonny beat up Carlo, he finished by kicking him in the face. While a known murderer, Sonny couldn't bring himself to harm anyone he viewed as helpless including women, children and people who don't fight back, which turn out to be life-saving for his wife-beating brother-in-law Carlo Rizzi, who, knowing this about his former friend, refused to fight back against Sonny. If you ask people about the fight between Sonny Corleone and his brother-in-law Carlo Rizzi, you’ll generally get one of two reactions. Carlo was thrilled at the prestige of being a member of the Corleone family, but Vito, disappointed his daughter had chosen an unworthy husband, instructed Tom Hagen not to allow Carlo significant knowledge of the family's workings, but to \"give him a living\". Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. He was called "Sonny" due to the loyalty and respect he had for his father. After Sonny has been shot dead, one of his killers kicks him across the face. !function(t,e,r){var n,s=t.getElementsByTagName(e)[0],i=/^http:/.test(t.location)? Eventually, it is discovered that the stolen alcohol is being sold to Luca Brasi's gang. 91 of 99 found this interesting Interesting? However, like her father, Francesca has a temper and she runs over and kills her husband after learning that he had an affair and was working against the family. As Sonny only robs non-Corleone trucks, unknowingly, the Corleone family is being blamed for the robberies. In a fit of rage, Sonny leaves the family compound unaccompanied and heads for Connie's apartment to kill Carlo. No, she did nothing wrong. And even then, even if she had done something wrong, that gave Carlo no right to beat her while she was pregnant with his child! When they refuse, Sonny orders the death of Bruno Tattaglia, Don Philip Tattaglia's son, a move that damages the Tattaglia family considerably. Sonny spared Carlo's life, as he could not bear to kill a helpless human being, and instead left him bruised and broken, with a warning that he would kill him if he ever harmed Connie again. Aldo Trapani tracked the killers to The Tunnel Club and eliminated the Tattaglias, but was unable to act further as Don Vito rose from his sickbed in order to hastily call a truce. This becomes a plot point later in the episode. Thirty years after Sonny died, his illegitimate son with Lucy Mancini, Vincent, began to assert himself within the family, personally eliminating family enemy Joey Zasa, before being appointed as Michael's successor as Don Corleone. Just unbelievable. He died at the age of thirty-one, two months short of his thirty-second birthday. Sonny was also caring with Tom, Fredo and Michael as well. Sonny plays a large role and is the protagonist in Ed Falco's 2012 novel The Family Corleone. James Caan improvised the part where he throws the FBI photographer to the ground. https://godfather.fandom.com/wiki/Sonny_Corleone?oldid=87752, Sonny's death scene is a reminiscent of the final death scene of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker in the film, Just before Sonny is killed, he listens to a broadcast of the baseball playoff game won by Bobby Thomson hitting the Shot Heard Round the World. As the Corleones investigate who is actually responsible for the robberies, tensions increase between the Families, and also between Irish and Italian organized crimes groups. [CDATA[ At age 16, Sonny commits a robbery. By the time of his wedding to Sandra in 1935, Sonny is recovered and excited to be a part of the family business. Sally Rags reports the incident to Rocco Lampone, who then reports it to Clemenza. Gender Sonny's talent for the business was revealed when he dealt with Irish thugs during the Pacification of New York. With his father in the hospital, Sonny formed his own crew and took to the streets, showing his hidden genius for urban warfare. Mama Corleone : Santino, don't interfere. Sonny at the surprise birthday party for Vito. In Revenge, Francesca begins working for the Vito Corleone Foundation and marries again, this time to family friend Johnny Fontane. In "The Godfather", Sonny beats up Carlo for hitting Connie and is then killed later on. How do Connie and Carlo miraculously end up back together? Connie begged for her father to intervene, but he coldly refused to help, seemingly to punish Connie. How was Carlo Rizzi’s plan of getting Sonny Corleone out into the open supposed to work out in the end? In The Godfather: The Game, Sonny had planned to eliminate Philip and John Tattaglia but they withdrew, and Sonny assigned Tessio to eliminate the family, using rising enforcer Aldo Trapani as a hitman. 1916[1] Hell's Kitchen, New York, U.S. Sonny replies that he had witnessed Vito murder the " Black Hand " gangster Don Fanucci years before, … Genco Abbandando originally placed Sonny as a bodyguard for his father, more so that the Don could instruct his son personally, often looking and sounding like a college professor during a lecture. This led Sollozzo to believe that if the Don could be taken out, Sonny would agree to work with him. He could also be generous and kind, as shown when he convinced his father to take in the homeless young orphan Tom Hagen, making him a part of the family. Additionally, despite his well-known violent streak, Sonny is reluctant to kill a policeman; it has long a rule in the American Mafia that law enforcement officials are not to be harmed to avoid attracting too much law enforcement attention. Don Vito Corleone goes personally to Luca Brasi to ask who is responsible, and Brasi directs him to Sonny's men, as Sonny never came in person to the sales. As a child, Sonny witnessed his father murder Don Fanucci, making Sonny's descent into the world of organized crime inevitable. Puzo talks of Sonny's savagery, but seems to take it as read that his orders to have people killed are clear evidence of that. Sonny begins accompanying his father as a bodyguard, though most of his father's lessons about controlling his impulsiveness were lost on Sonny. Francesca marries and has a son who she nicknames Sonny after her father. To draw Sonny out into the open, Carlo inflicted a particularly vicious beating on Connie, who telephoned Sonny, begging for help. Biographical information If that is the case, why would Sonny introduce Carlo to his sister if Vito wasn't too happy with the relationship. Sonny, now enraged and acting as the Corleone family's Don, prepares for an all-out war against the Tattaglias unless they agree to turn over Sollozzo. The traitorous Carlo uses against Sonny, when he subjects him to a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown for beating Connie. We see Sonny behaving impulsively and speaking, as well as acting, out of turn quite often. Connie and Carlo would eventually marry, and at their wedding Sonny began his multiyear affair with Lucy Mancini, Connie's best friend and maid of honor. Sonny is disgusted by his actions and barely leaves his room for a few weeks, taking visits from his mother and Tom Hagen. In 1935, Sonny married Sandra, a young Italian immigrant, and they had four children, twin girls Francesca and Kathryn, and two sons Santino, Jr. and Frank. This scene where Sonny beats up Carlo, took four days to shoot and featured 700 extras, the vast majority never getting a glimpse of screen time. ... [after Sonny beats up Carlo Rizzi for hitting Connie] Sonny : You touch my sister again, I'll kill you. But the next scene involving Connie and Carlo is the baptism. Before his death, Carlo confessed to have been approached by Barzini to help kill Sonny. Behind the scenes When he was 10, he met a homeless boy, Tom Hagen, who he convinced his father to let live with the family. //, Sorry, we have to make sure you're a human before we can show you this page. This proved to be his downfall, as Carlo was bitter and wished to exact his revenge. The Godfather (1972) James Caan as Sonny Corleone. Sonny had recently inflicted a particularly vicious public beating on Carlo, after finding out that Carlo was abusing his wife Connie, Sonny's little sister. As punishment to Connie, Vito didn't interfere whenever Carlo would beat up his daughter making a statement that he never liked the idea of his daughter marrying him. 1948[1] Long Island, New York, U.S. Overall, he judged situations emotionally, not logically, a contrast with the cautious and thoughtful style of his consigliere and adopted brother Tom Hagen. The extra's frightened reaction is genuine. While the Don does not want to enter the drug business, Sonny showed interest in the deal. He was relegated to running a small sports book under the family's protection, reporting to top hitman Willie Cicci.Frustrated at his minor role in the family business, Carlo regula… The crime is pinned on her husband's mistress by Michael and Tom Hagen. To avenge his death, Michael killed Carlo Rizzi despite assuring Connie he would not harm him. This would place Sonny's death on October 3, 1951, contradicting the, Sonny and Tom's birth year was given as 1910 in the original novel, though this was changed to 1916 in. Carlo responds to Sonny ’s attack with “complete subjugation” because he knows that Sonny will not kill him, lest he anger Don Corleone. He got Sonny killed, he beat her like an animal, and he killed the heads of the Five Families. Affiliation Toward the end of the film, Michael confronts Carlo with his suspicions, and Carlo swears on the life of his children that he’s innocent of this plot; it seems that within the context of … Sonny’s life was upturned when Virgil Sollozzo came to Don Vito with an offer of entering the drug business, backed by the Tattaglia family. James CaanRoman Coppola. The use of the garbage can lid was improvised by James Caan. Vito knew that Sonny really wanted to learn the family business, and sent him to Clemenza for training. A frustrated Don Corleone realizes that he must bring Sonny into the family business after Sonny reveals that he witnessed the Don order the murder of Tom Hagen's father Henry. Sonny is ordered to make his bones by killing his friend. After capturing and interrogating them, one of Sonny's men gives him up. It was he, who was supposed to head the family business after the death of Vito. Sonny was officially brought into his father's world of crime at the age of 16 after a botched liquor store robbery. https://ew.com/movies/2017/04/10/gianni-russo-james-caan-godfather While Sonny does beat the snort out of Carlo, Carlo makes it a point to be as passive as possible during the beat down and never hits back, leading Sonny to eventually back off as he decides that Carlo is Not Worth Killing . However, Michael eventually talks him into it, arguing that since McCluskey is corrupt and is serving as Sollozzo's bodyguard, he is fair game. The Godfather Wiki is a FANDOM Movies Community. “[after Sonny beats up Carlo Rizzi for hitting Connie] You touch my sister again, I'll kill you.” — Santino 'Sonny' Corleone , The Godfather Tagged: Threats , Violence Against Women Vito was told the news by a saddened Tom Hagen, who had to have a drink before being able to tell him. 6. Upon arriving at their new home in Long Beach, the Corleones fell victim to a group of conmen, who attempted to force Vito to pay to have them fix the boiler. Vito then summoned a meeting of all the Families on the Commission to arrange an end to the war, swearing that he would not take revenge or investigate Sonny's death. He was being shot by Stevie Dwyer in an assassination attempt, though, attempting to shoot Dwyer, Sonny's friend Cork accidentally shoots Vito. Sonny, however, is not without a softer side. Santino "Sonny" Corleone, Sr. was the eldest child of the Corleone family, known for his violent temper and rash decisions. Sonny intentionally provokes Cork into attacking him by revealing his affair with Eileen and shoots and kills him. Menu. Leaving Carlo resentful but alive was Sonny's mistake, but his final mistake was impulsively driving off without backup during a war after hearing that Carlo had beaten Connie again, ultimately leading to his young death. When Sonny beats up Carlo, James Caan can be clearly seen in profile faking a punch so badly that he misses Gianni Russo by a foot and a half, with his fist passing within eight inches of his own chest. Though Vito pleaded with him to finish school and get a legitimate job, Sonny insisted that he wanted to "sell olive oil". In late summer 1945, guests are gathered for the wedding reception of Don Vito Corleone's (Marlon Brando) daughter Connie (Talia Shire) and Carlo Rizzi (Gianni Russo). The assassination attempt failed but left Don Vito near death, although he eventually recovered. Corleone family Unbelievable. “You ever beat up my sister again I’ll kill you,” Sonny warns before leaving Carlo a bloody pulp on the stoop. Sonny was trigger-ready and saw murder as the only way out of many problems. Sonny was the oldest, most impulsive and violent of Vito's sons and, before Michael's rise to power, the most involved in the Corleone crime family. Santino Corleone He was impulsive and almost never considered the long term consequences of his actions. (In truth, Vito is upset at how Connie is being treated, but Italian tradition forbids a father — even one as powerful as Vito — from interfering in his daughter's marr… Earlier in the film, Sonny had driven up to Carlo’s bookie joint, chased Carlo down, and beaten him in the street all the while screaming about how he (Carlo) had beaten up his (Sonny’s) sister. https://genius.com/Francis-ford-coppola-the-godfather-scene-7-annotated Male Please enable Cookies and reload the page. Carlo Rizzi : Shut up, Connie. Michael also knew that he would not appear suspicious to McCluskey or Sollozzo at the meeting, as it was well known that he was not involved in the business. Sonny also was vengeful and had many people killed after the failed attempt on his father Vito's life. Perhaps this caller was put up to this without Carlo’s involvement in the plot on Sonny’s life. In "Moe Baby Blues", Moe entertains Maggie by recounting the movie's story like a fairytale and imitating Don Corleone with an orange wedge in his mouth. Sonny's death shocked Michael who was devastated upon hearing the news in Sicily. In 1933, Sonny is a teenager who wants to join his father's business, but knowing that Vito wouldn't allow it, has started his own gang with his best friend Bobby "Cork" Corcoran, whose widowed sister Eileen he is having an affair with. "http":"https";t.getElementById(r)||(n=t.createElement(e),n.id=r,n.src=i+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js",s.parentNode.insertBefore(n,s))}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Died Soon afterwards, he became a caporegime in his father's family. When he was 10, he met a homeless boy, Tom Hagen, who he convinced his father to let live with the family. So Barzini figures that all he has to do is to set things in motion such that Sonny goes through the same pattern of behavior. Sonny, though impressed with his little brother's courage, is initially against the idea, thinking Michael is too inexperienced in Mafia matters. Sonny was the oldest, most impulsive and violent of Vito's sons and, before Michael's rise to power, the most involved in the Corleone crime family. Title(s) As Sonny approaches a toll plaza, a number of Barzini's men emerge from the toll booths and car ahead of Sonny's with submachine guns and viciously gun him down. Sonny's four legitimate children are not known to have ever played any significant role in the family. Like Julius Caesar or Napoleon, he was able to take block after city block with relative ease, gaining a reputation as one of the most brutal and vicious leaders and executioners in the eastern underworld, overshadowed only by his father's brutal personal hitman Luca Brasi. Clemenza taught Sonny how to shoot and use a garrote wire, but was disappointed when Sonny preferred using the gun. 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