Mario Puzo


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  • ''Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!''
    Mario Puzo, U.S. author, screenwriter, and Francis Ford Coppola, U.S. director, screenwriter. Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), The Godfather III, in aftermath of Atlantic City mob slaughter, as Corleone realizes he must once again become Mafia chieftain, to sister Connie (Talia Shire) and his lawyer (George Hamilton) (1990).
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  • ''Friendship and money: oil and water.''
    Mario Puzo, U.S. author, screenwriter, and Francis Ford Coppola, U.S. director, screenwriter. Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), The Godfather III, said to the Archbishop after Corleone is informed that the corrupt clergyman is now in charge of the Vatican Bank and wants to do business with his friend Corleone (1990).
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  • ''I don't like violence, Tom. I'm a businessman. Blood is a big expense.''
    Mario Puzo (b. 1920), U.S. author, screenwriter, and Francis Ford Coppola (b. 1939). Sollozzo (Al Lettieri), The Godfather, to Tom Hagen, who has raised the possibility of a gang war (1972).
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  • ''Now, listen. I want somebody good, and I mean very good, to plant that gun. I don't want my brother coming out of that toilet with just his dick in his hand.''
    Mario Puzo (b. 1920), U.S. author, screenwriter, and Francis Ford Coppola (b. 1939). Sonny Corleone (James Caan), The Godfather, as plans are made for his brother Michael to kill two men in a restaurant (1972).
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  • ''Like many businessmen of genius he learned that free competition was wasteful, monopoly efficient. And so he simply set about achieving that efficient monopoly.''
    Mario Puzo (b. 1920), U.S. novelist. The Godfather, bk. 3, ch. 14 (1969). Referring to Don Vito Corleone.
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  • ''Like many businessmen of genius he learned that free competition was wasteful, monopoly efficient. And so he simply set about achieving that efficient monopoly.''
    Mario Puzo (b. 1920), U.S. novelist. The Godfather, bk. 3, ch. 14 (1969). Referring to Don Vito Corleone.
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  • ''I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse.''
    Mario Puzo (b. 1920), U.S. author, screenwriter, and Francis Ford Coppola (b. 1939). Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando), The Godfather (1972). Said in various forms by different characters.
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  • ''It doesn't make any difference to me what a man does for a living, you understand. But your business is a little dangerous.''
    Mario Puzo (b. 1920), U.S. author, screenwriter, and Francis Ford Coppola (b. 1939). Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando), The Godfather, to Sollozzo, on being offered partnership in an illegal drug enterprise (1972).
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  • ''Give this to Clemenza. I want reliable people, people who won't get carried away. I mean, we're not murderers, in spite of what this undertaker says.''
    Mario Puzo (b. 1920), U.S. author, screenwriter, and Francis Ford Coppola (b. 1939). Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando), The Godfather, to Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall), in response to the undertaker Bonasera's plea for vengeance (1972).
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  • ''I like to drink wine more than I used to. Anyway, I'm drinking more.''
    Mario Puzo (b. 1920), U.S. author, screenwriter, Robert Towne, and Francis Ford Coppola (b. 1939). Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando), The Godfather, to his son Michael (1972). Robert Towne, who was uncredited, wrote this scene.
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