“The Godfather” Shows A Hit Scene From A Former Mafia Boss Called “Too Much Work”
The best mob movies are full of gruesome action and memorable hits. Despite the gratuitous violence, these films often create a sympathetic portrayal of the characters. movies like The Godfather and Freedmen are expansive epics that invite viewers into the family, where the “business” takes precedence over the personal lives of the characters.
After watching these films, many wonder if they accurately represent life in a criminal organization. Sure, we know they have to make it flashy to entertain the audience, but are they really that far from the truth?
A former mobster recently sat down and slammed some of the most famous scenes from these films, and what he has to say is surprising.
The toll scene “The Godfather” is unforgettable
Anyone who’s ever seen The Godfather will remember Sonny’s hit scene. In this scene, Sonny Corleone (the eldest son of the Corleone family) is seen receiving a phone call from his sister, Connie. Sonny gets angry after learning that his sister has been beaten (again) by her husband, Carlo. He takes off in his car, several of his men jumping into another car to follow him.
Sonny stops at a toll booth, where he begins to feel like something is wrong. The area is empty of any other cars except one in front of him, which has stopped. The toll operator drops Sonny’s change, but when he bends down to pick it up, he closes his window. As Sonny turns to look at the cabin from the other side of his car, gunfire begins to roll through it.
He is shot several times by the toll men and the car in front of him. He staggers out of the car only to have his body riddled with more bullets. After falling to the ground, another hitman approaches and shoots his corpse again, then kicks him in the head. The hitmen take off and the scene becomes eerily quiet as the camera pans over the destruction. Sonny’s men arrive, too late to help.
Ex-mafia boss calls scene ‘unrealistic’ and ‘too much work’
In a video of Initiated, a former mob boss criticized the scene of Sonny’s death. Michael Franzese, a former caporegime in the Colombo crime family in New York, is one of the few people to have publicly left the Mafia and lived on. According IMDbhe was ranked #18 on Fortune magazine’s 50 Richest and Most Powerful Crime Bosses in 1986. He is currently the only man on that list who is neither dead nor incarcerated.
Watching the scene of The Godfather, Franzese commented, “That would never happen.” He went on to say that it was way too much work because it took so many men to come together in one fell swoop. Not only that, but the whole setup was also unrealistic. According to Franzese, mob shots “are usually done at close range, with firearms and small caliber shotguns being used.”
He says he’s never seen anything like Sonny’s success in real life. He referenced the guns they used in the scene, recalling that 1920s gangsters used something similar, then called “Tommy guns.” However, The Godfather was set up in the late 1940s, so these guns probably wouldn’t have existed yet. Franzese rated the realism of the scene at 4/10.
What did Franzese say about other mafia movies?
The scene of The Godfather was just one of 13 Mafia scenes that Franzese was asked to critique. The 1999 comedy Analyze it also received a 4/10 rating from Franzese for its scene when all the Mafia families meet. He said since the Apalachin reunion in the 1950s that was raided by police, families no longer come together for summits like this.
Another iconic scene that Franzese reviewed comes from The Godfather: Part II. Fans of the film will never forget the “kiss of death” scene with Fredo and Michael. Franzese says he believes the “kiss of death” was a “Sicilian thing” and that in Italy there was no limit.
They would go after your family, law enforcement, and anyone who comes across them. The scene resonated with Franzese due to his experience with his own brother, who became an informant and went into witness protection. He gave the scene a whopping 9/10.
Franzese called a scene from the movie Johnny Depp/Al Pacino Donnie Brasco “one of the most realistic scenes in any mob film.” The scene shows Depp’s character (Donnie Brasco) lying on the couch, talking with his pals about Raquel Welch and cars. He mentions that the term “fuggedaboutit” is one he still uses quite often, and “sit-down” is still how a mob meeting goes. This was the only scene to receive a 10/10 from Franzese.
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