The Godfather, The Movie

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In the movie The God Father the corleone family is made up six members before marrying and having children, all which play a distinctive role in the movie. The Corleone crime family is one of the Five Families operating in New York and in other parts of the United States. Beginning with Vito Corleone also known as Don Corleone and the Godfather which is the founder and head of the Corleone family and Mama corleone, a loyal wife and loving mother, followed by their children Michael Corleone the youngest son, who had no plans to join the families businesses but abolished his former plans and ended up being his father’s main man, Sonny Corleone, Vito’s oldest son who is described as hot-headed, violent, and reckless, a combination that leads him into a death trap set by a rival family, the middle son Fredo corleone who finds himself living the life of a decadent playboy in Las Vegas but his comfort for women and drink is a cover for his essential unease and his only daughter Connie Corleone which marries Carlo Rizzi who becomes an abusive husband and throughout her trials and tribulations she becomes the families backbone. These main characters make up the fictional organized crime family. Organized crime can be defined as a nonideological enterprise involving a number of persons in close social interaction, organized on a hierarchical basis, with at least three levels/ranks, for the purpose of securing profit and power by engaging in illegal and legal activities. Eight attributes have been identified by law enforcement agencies and researchers which help define what organized crime is. The first attribute if organized crime is hierarchical which can be defined as an organized crime group which has a vertical power structure with a... ... middle of paper ... ...as they were in the 21st century. Throughout the years LCN has gained the attention of law enforcement which has caused the arrest and conviction of many members, what has caused the mafia to sort of fall apart is the members who get caught and plea bargain for a shorter sentenced in return for what will be called “snitching” of another member. Today “La Cosa Nostra is high priority for the FBI and law enforcement in New York City” (Jacob 1). Works Cited Jacobs, James B. and Alex Hortis, “New York City As Organized Crime Fighter,” New York Law School Law Review, Volume XLII, Numbers 3 & 4, 1998. Shove, Honour, Obey. Mx [serial online]. n.d.:Available from: Newspaper Source, Ipswich, MA. Accessed March 16, 2014 The Godfather. Dir. Francis Ford Coppola. Perf. Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan and Diane Keaton. 1972. VHS. Paramount Home Video, 1999.

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