Can You Match the Quote to the Correct Movie in “The Godfather” Trilogy?

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By: Jonnathan Chadwick

7 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Mario Puzo was born in New York City and grew up with a love for books. He published his first written works in the 1950s, and like most authors, he wanted to write high-brow literature. He didn't want to be known for writing genre fiction, but his literature wasn't as great as he thought it was. He ultimately found his work wasn't selling.

After borrowing money and just barely getting by, Puzo decided to crossover and write a commercial work of fiction. In 1965, he began writing a Mafia crime drama about the fictional Corleone family. After three years, he finished and sold the rights for the 2019 equivalent of $3 million. It was one of the wealthiest publishing contracts in history, and it went on to be one of the fastest-selling books of all time. 

Before it was even finished, Paramount optioned the movie rights. To add to Puzo's success, he was given a chance to write the screenplay. Very rarely do Hollywood studios let novelists write screenplays. Still, Puzo co-wrote it with director Francis Ford Coppola, and it won the 1973 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. 

That screenplay is full of some of the most classic lines in cinema history, and the "Godfather" trilogy is filled with timeless lessons. Can you match the classic quote to the "Godfather" film?


"It's a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes." In what film do we learn this message?

The Sicilian message is a dead fish wrapped in Luca Brasi's bulletproof vest and bundled together with paper. Luca Brasi was sent to get revenge on the people who shot the Godfather five times. The Godfather ultimately survived the attack.

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"Someday, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me." Can you name the film?

Don Corleone agrees to do a favor for Amerigo Bonasera after his daughter was recently assaulted. Don Corleone doesn't want any money, but tells Amerigo to expect to repay the favor. When Sonny dies, Amerigo, who's an undertaker, gets a chance to repay the favor.

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"I would burn in hell to keep you safe." In what film does Michael say this to his daughter?

Mary Corleone is Michael and Kay's youngest daughter and Michael's favorite child. His top priority in life is keeping her away from the criminal world. Mary is portrayed in the third film by the director's daughter, Sofia Coppola.

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In what film does the Godfather say, "A man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man"?

Don Vito Corleone teaches this lesson to Johnny Fontaine and everybody else who is in the room when he says it. He glares at his son, Sonny, when he utters the line. Fontaine is in town to ask his godfather for a favor.

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"You come into my house on the day my daughter is to be married, and you ask me to do murder for money." Do you know the film?

Amerigo Bonasera asks the Godfather for a favor, but the Godfather doesn't like the request. He says Amerigo hasn't invited him over for coffee in years and has avoided him at all costs. Amerigo offers to do anything, but the Godfather only asks that he call him Godfather.

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After 30 years of crime, Michael wants to go legit. When does he say, "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in"?

The Godfather never wanted Michael to be involved in the family business, but Michael eventually had no choice. He always promised to go legitimate since he first took over. About three decades later, when he thinks things are about to turn, he realizes he may never get out of the life.

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As Michael is getting into bed, his wife looks at him and says, "Michael, why are the drapes open?" Do you know the movie?

Michael's bedroom gets shot up seconds after his wife asks him this question. The hit was set up by the film's main antagonist, Hyman Roth, who was tipped off by Fredo. Michael later finds out he was betrayed by his older brother.

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"I don't like violence, Tom. I'm a businessman. Blood is a big expense." Do you know when Sollozzo says this to Tom?

Sollozzo creeps up on Tom Hagen to inform him the Godfather was shot and killed, although the Godfather ultimately survives the attack. Sollozzo wants to make peace with the Corleone family and utters this quote to Tom Hagen.

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"Why did you go to the police? Why didn't you come to me first?" Do you know the movie?

These are the Godfather's first words in the movie franchise. The undertaker, Amerigo Bonasera, is telling the story of his daughter's assault and how he handled the situation. Don Corleone agrees to justice and tells Amerigo he'll call on him for a favor one day.

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"I believe in America. America has made my fortune. And I raised my daughter in the American fashion." What film begins like this?

These are the very first words of the "Godfather" film franchise. The man who believes in America is Amerigo Bonasera and he's an Italian-American undertaker in NYC. The story begins with him asking the Godfather for a favor.

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When does Michael tell his nephew, "Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgement"?

Vincent, Sonny's illegitimate son, is played by Andy Garcia in the film's third installment. He and Michael are sharing a helicopter ride above the city when Vincent begins talking about one of their enemies.

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The kiss of death is one of the story's most memorable scenes. When did Michael say, "I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart"?

Fredo broke Michael's heart by betraying the family and selling him out to Hyman Roth. The information led to an attack on Michael and his wife while they were in their bedroom, so Michael decides he must kill his weaker, older brother.

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"If by chance an honest man like yourself were to make enemies, then they would become my enemies. And then they would fear you." What film is this?

This classic quote is uttered by Don Corleone in the opening scene of the trilogy. He tells Amerigo Bonasera that his daughter's attackers would have already suffered justice if he had just befriended him and called him Godfather.

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"It made me think of what you once told me. 'In five years, the Corleone family will be completely legitimate.' That was seven years ago." Do you now the film?

Kay says this to Michael in another one of their arguments about his affairs. Michael has been trying to turn his family empire into a legitimate business since the first film, and he continues to do so for the entire trilogy.

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Do you know when Michael said, "When I'm dead, I'm gonna be really smart"?

As Michael is talking with his wife Kay, he comes to terms with all the things he has done in his life. He spends the entire film reconciling with his actions and trying to become a legitimate professional.

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In what film does Clemenza say, "Leave the gun; take the cannoli"?

Clemenza takes pride in his method of altering guns so they can't be traced. After his associate kills the guy who helped set up the Godfather's assassination attempt, Clemenza tells the associate to leave the gun behind. They had just bought some fresh cannolis, so they take them.

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"Your enemies always get strong on what you leave behind." Do you know when Don Tommasino says this?

This quote is spoken in Italian by Don Tommasino when Michael and his associates are in Sicily for a business meeting. The group realizes their problems in the underworld extend all the way to the top politicians in the government.

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"Finance is a gun. Politics is knowing when to pull the trigger." Can you name the movie?

When Vincent and Don Lucchesi are talking about forming a partnership, Don Lucchesi drops this classic line. Vincent doesn't know much about finance and politics, so Don Lucchesi explains them in terms Vincent can understand.

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"All my life I was trying to get up in society ... where everything is legal, but the higher I go, the more crooked it becomes." When does Michael say this?

Michael promised to turn his family into a legitimate business soon after he took over. Nothing has gone as planned, and the harder he has tried to go legit, the more corrupt things have become. He realizes he can never get out of the life.

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When Don Corleone has to cut a deal with a Hollywood big shot, he says, "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse." What's the film?

The Godfather's godson, Johnny Fontaine, wants the lead role in a movie but gets turned down by a Hollywood big shot. The Godfather drops this classic quote, and we later see the Hollywood big shot waking up with a horse's head in his bed.

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"I loved baseball ever since Arnold Rothstein fixed the World Series in 1919." Do you know the film?

When Michael finally flies to Miami to cut a deal with Hyman Roth, Roth is watching football. He begins the conversation by telling Mike how he likes football and baseball alike and drops this little quip.

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"My father's name was Antonio Andolini, and this is for you." Can you name the film?

Robert De Niro portrayed the younger Don Corleone in this film and won the 1975 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. The film begins with him running away from Don Ciccio and his men. In this scene, he returns to exact his revenge.

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"I don't feel I have to wipe everybody out, Tom. Just my enemies." When does Michael say this?

Corleone consigliere Tom Hagen is one of the most level-headed characters in the story. When he fears Michael may be getting a little too trigger happy, Michael assures him that's not the case. The Corleone family just happens to have a lot of enemies.

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"It's not personal ... It's strictly business." Can you remember when Michael says this to Sonny?

This is the scene where Michael decides he's going to kill a cop, and Sonny tells him he's taking things too personal. This scene is when Michael not only joins the family business, but arguably becomes the Godfather.

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"I spent my life protecting my son. I spent my life protecting my FAMILY!" When does Michael say this to Kay?

Michael tells Kay he tried his hardest to protect her and his family from the horrors of the criminal underworld, but it didn't work out. Kay responds by telling Michael she dreads him. She also calls out his hypocrisy before leaving the room.

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"If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it's that you can kill anyone." When does Michael say this?

When Tom Hagen tells Michael that killing his main rival would be like trying to kill the president, Michael responds by saying nothing is impossible. He then goes on to explain that history says anyone can be killed

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"Never let anyone know what you are thinking." Do you know when Michael says this?

Michael tells this to his nephew Vincent, who's portrayed by Andy Garcia in the third movie. Vincent wants to wipe out one the family's enemies and lets his frustrations be known. The scene pays homage to a scene from the first film when Don Vito tells his son, Sonny, a similar message.

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"Do you know who I am? I'm Moe Greene! I made my bones when you were going out with cheerleaders." Do you know the film?

Moe Greene yells at Michael when Michael tries taking over Greene's properties. Greene threatens to do a deal with a rival family and storms out of the Vegas hotel room. Michael's older brother, Fredo, takes Greene's side and Michael warns him to never do it again.

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"I don't want your son; I wouldn't bring another of your sons into this world." When does Kay say this to Michael?

In the second film, Kay revealed to Michael that her miscarriage was really an abortion, and she didn't want to have kids with him. In the first film, Michael had promised her he'd turn his family empire into a legitimate business.

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"All right. This one time, this one time I'll let you ask me about my affairs." Do you know the film?

Michael ends up killing his sister's husband and his sister tells Michael's wife. His wife repeatedly asks him if it's true, and he repeatedly tells her to stop asking about his business. Michael finally lets her ask but doesn't tell the truth when she does.

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"It insults my intelligence and it makes me very angry." Can you remember when Michael said this?

After Sonny gets killed, Michael is tasked with discovering who betrayed the family, and all roads lead to his sister's new husband, Carlo. Carlo finally admits he betrayed the family and Michael has him killed, which he later denies doing.

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In what film does Michael say, "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer"?

Michael drops this line after someone tries to kill him. He tells an assistant to befriend the enemy to keep him close. It was a lesson taught to him by his father in the same room he teaches it to his underling.

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Do you know the film where Sonny looks at Michael and says, "Your country ain't your blood. Remember that"?

Sonny drops this quote to Michael during a family dinner celebrating Don Vito's birthday. The dinner is shown through a flashback scene where Michael reveals he has enlisted in the Army and isn't going to college.

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"Did you go to college to get stupid? You're really stupid!" When does Sonny ask this to Michael?

We see this scene as a flashback as the Corleone family prepares to celebrate Don Vito's birthday. Michael is preparing to break his father's heart as he reveals he has enlisted in the Marines and plans to fight in WWII. His brother Sonny doesn't like the decision.

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"Fredo, you're my older brother, and I love you. But don't ever take sides with anyone against the Family again. Ever." When does Michael say this?

This is a classic foreshadowing of Michael and Fredo's relationship. Fredo was warned once, but he didn't listen. He always wanted to play a larger role in family operations, but nobody believed he was capable of doing so.

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