Why Isn’t Michael Corleone Arrested When He Returns From Sicily in ‘The Godfather’?
In The Godfather (1972), everyone knows Captain McCluskey (Sterling Hayden) is a crooked cop. When the Francis Ford Coppola picture picks up, McCluskey is working as a personal bodyguard and facilitator for Virgil Sollozzo, a drug-dealing gangster. Then Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone shoots McCluskey and Sollozzo to death.
Following that daring deed, Michael must flee the country and seek refuge in Sicily until the situation is resolved. Stories about McCluskey’s corruption and mob affiliations began to emerge, thanks to certain Corleone contacts in the media. As a result, the Corleones and their businesses are spared some of the heat.
That doesn’t erase the fact that Michael killed two individuals in a premeditated double homicide, one of whom was a police captain. No one appears to be concerned in Coppola’s film about Michael being caught and charged with these crimes. The novel by Mario Puzo does a better job of explaining why.
The film ‘The Godfather’ does not depict how Michael Corleone’s name is cleansed.
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Coppola tried to cram a lot of subplots into the three-hour Godfather film, but he couldn’t. While we see Michael (Pacino) in Sicily, it looks that mob business is the main issue with his homecoming. It’s his father, Don Vito (Marlon Brando), who is requesting a guarantee for Michael’s safety.
Vito Corleone cites his “selfish reasons” for asking a gangland cease-fire. At a meeting of all the mob leaders, he says Michael is going to return from hiding. And Vito warns everyone present that Michael better return to live and prosper. Even an “accident” that leads to Michael’s death will send the Corleone family to the mattresses.
With this guarantee, Vito continues his negotiations. Eventually, Michael returns. He’s changed since Sicily, where he’d married and watched his young bride explode in a bomb planted to kill him. But he clearly hadn’t faced legal trouble upon his return. Those problems have… This story is a short summary. Hope you enjoyed.