Carlo Rizzi : Shut up, Connie. To draw Sonny out into the open, Carlo inflicted a particularly vicious beating on Connie, who telephoned Sonny, begging for help. 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. How was Carlo Rizzi’s plan of getting Sonny Corleone out into the open supposed to work out in the end? Unfortunately, Sonny revealed, how he had seen Fanucci's murder and Vito was helpless to protest for fear he would seem a hypocrite. Corleone family Sonny's death shocked Michael who was devastated upon hearing the news in Sicily. Soon afterwards, he became a caporegime in his father's family. While the Don does not want to enter the drug business, Sonny showed interest in the deal. 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 . An assassination attempt on the Don was arranged. 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. Sonny plays a large role and is the protagonist in Ed Falco's 2012 novel The Family Corleone. Male His gang mostly sticks up trucks importing illegal alcohol. 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. Born 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. 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! After tensions between the Families rise into full out war, Vito is shot in the shoulder. 1916[1] Hell's Kitchen, New York, U.S. Sonny and Trapani also engaged in a war against the Cuneos, attacking a distribution racket run by Artie "The Moose" Manzanero. The extra's frightened reaction is genuine. Francesca marries and has a son who she nicknames Sonny after her father. No, she did nothing wrong. 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. 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. Gender ... [after Sonny beats up Carlo Rizzi for hitting Connie] Sonny : You touch my sister again, I'll kill you. 6. It was he, who was supposed to head the family business after the death of Vito. Eventually, it is discovered that the stolen alcohol is being sold to Luca Brasi's gang. 91 of 99 found this interesting Interesting? The deaths of the Dons of Five Families, including Barzini and Tattaglia, were also partially out of revenge for Sonny's death. Santino Corleone 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\". Santino "Sonny" Corleone, Sr. was the eldest child of the Corleone family, known for his violent temper and rash decisions. During the video game he states to Aldo that when he is calm he is worse than when he is angry. The two Corleones seized control of the network after a long a bloody firefight, an act which sealed Sonny's fate, he was too dangerous to be allowed to live. Sonny is ordered to make his bones by killing his friend. 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. Sonny was also caring with Tom, Fredo and Michael as well. Title(s) Sonny's four legitimate children are not known to have ever played any significant role in the family. 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. Sonny believed that people who fought in the military were "saps" because they risk their lives for strangers, and that "Your country ain't your blood.". 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. 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. This becomes a plot point later in the episode. Carlo responds to Sonny ’s attack with “complete subjugation” because he knows that Sonny will not kill him, lest he anger Don Corleone. However, Vito was aware that Michael would take action. !function(t,e,r){var n,s=t.getElementsByTagName(e)[0],i=/^http:/.test(t.location)? 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. 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. 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. Vito knew that Sonny really wanted to learn the family business, and sent him to Clemenza for training. But the next scene involving Connie and Carlo is the baptism. At that same birthday celebration, Sonny would introduce his sister Connie to his friend Carlo Rizzi. “[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 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, except for flashbacks, both Mark Winegardner sequel novels The Godfather Returns and The Godfather's Revenge take place after Sonny's death, Sonny has a small role in these novels. The Godfather (1972) James Caan as Sonny Corleone. Follow @genius on Twitter for updates After Sonny has been shot dead, one of his killers kicks him across the face. By all accounts, Carlo Rizzi got what was coming to him. 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… Sonny intentionally provokes Cork into attacking him by revealing his affair with Eileen and shoots and kills him. 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. Sonny also was vengeful and had many people killed after the failed attempt on his father Vito's life. Sonny is disgusted by his actions and barely leaves his room for a few weeks, taking visits from his mother and Tom Hagen. He is mentioned a few times- Tom reminisces about Sonny a few years after his death and it is mentioned by a reporter that Sonny had been charged with many crimes, which Tom corrects by saying that he had never been convicted of anything. 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). 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. 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. 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. However, the only evidence of brute violence we are shown is when he beats up Carlo Rizzi for hitting Connie. https://ew.com/movies/2017/04/10/gianni-russo-james-caan-godfather Sonny was officially brought into his father's world of crime at the age of 16 after a botched liquor store robbery. When he was 10, he met a homeless boy, Tom Hagen, who he convinced his father to let live with the family. When Sonny beat up Carlo, he finished by kicking him in the face. Sonny, however, is not without a softer side. 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. When he was 10, he met a homeless boy, Tom Hagen, who he convinced his father to let live with the family. 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. Sonny replies that he had witnessed Vito murder the " Black Hand " gangster Don Fanucci years before, … 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. By the time of his wedding to Sandra in 1935, Sonny is recovered and excited to be a part of the family business. //, Sorry, we have to make sure you're a human before we can show you this page. If that is the case, why would Sonny introduce Carlo to his sister if Vito wasn't too happy with the relationship. 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. 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. Sonny's daughter Francesca Corleone plays a large role in both novels. The crime is pinned on her husband's mistress by Michael and Tom Hagen. He died at the age of thirty-one, two months short of his thirty-second birthday. 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. He got Sonny killed, he beat her like an animal, and he killed the heads of the Five Families. He was a kind and loving father, and a good (but unfaithful) husband. Sonny was a short-tempered person, with severe anger issues, often flying into fits of rage. 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. Vito arranged to have Sonny's bullet hole covered body fixed for his wake by enlisting a favor from Bonasera, the trusted undertaker. Overall, he judged situations emotionally, not logically, a contrast with the cautious and thoughtful style of his consigliere and adopted brother Tom Hagen. Mama Corleone : Santino, don't interfere. The scene where Sonny beats up Carlo (Connie's husband) took four days to shoot and featured more than 700 extras. Unbelievable. In a fit of rage, Sonny leaves the family compound unaccompanied and heads for Connie's apartment to kill Carlo. The Godfather Wiki is a FANDOM Movies Community. 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. Menu. In Revenge, Francesca begins working for the Vito Corleone Foundation and marries again, this time to family friend Johnny Fontane. Sonny is brought in and he confirms that he was the mastermind behind the scheme. 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's talent for the business was revealed when he dealt with Irish thugs during the Pacification of New York. When Peter Clemenza, Vito's right-hand man and Sonny's godfather, informs Vito about it, Vito demands his son explain himself. As a child, Sonny witnessed his father murder Don Fanucci, making Sonny's descent into the world of organized crime inevitable. [CDATA[ Sonny may be based on Bill Bonanno who was been groomed by his father Joe Bonanno to be Boss of the Bonanno family and when his father disappeared he led the family in a war against rival mobsters. 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. However, he loved his family and showed it with a protective attitude towards his siblings, especially when he beat up his sister Connie's husband Carlo Rizzi for abusing her. Clemenza taught Sonny how to shoot and use a garrote wire, but was disappointed when Sonny preferred using the gun. 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. Connie begged for her father to intervene, but he coldly refused to help, seemingly to punish Connie. 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. Sonny was trigger-ready and saw murder as the only way out of many problems. 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. When they refuse, Sonny orders the death of Bruno Tattaglia, Don Philip Tattaglia's son, a move that damages the Tattaglia family considerably. (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. 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