My voice is weak, it's weak. Anyway, if I had this part in the picture, it puts me right back on top, you know. But this He won't give it to me, the head of the studio.
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Don Corleone : We have known each other many years, but this is the first time you've come to me for counsel or for help. I can't remember the last time you invited me to your house for a cup of coffee, even though my wife is godmother to your only child. But let's be frank here. You never wanted my friendship. And you feared to be in my debt. Bonasera : I didn't want to get into trouble. Don Corleone : I understand.
Don Corleone : Why did you go to the police? Why didn't you come to me first? Bonasera : What do you want of me? Tell me anything, but do what I beg you to do.
Instead, you come into my house on the day my daughter's to be married and you ask me to do murder -- for money". Even though the world of organized crime in The Godfather is highly illegal, there are certain moral codes that everyone involved recognizes. Don Corleone says this to Amerigo Bonasera, requesting his loyalty in exchange for action. Additionally, this scene demonstrates the nature of Don Corleone's power. He is a godlike figure who commands respect because he obeys the codes of his Old World predecessors. For example, he is in his office doing business during Connie's wedding reception because it is a Sicilian tradition that a man cannot say no to anything on his daughter's wedding day. On the surface, Tom Hagen seems like he is any other businessman making a deal with Jack Woltz. However, everything he says is loaded with subtext, a device that appears throughout the film. In this way, Coppola establishes particular guidelines of integrity within the world of The Godfather.