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There’s a reason you never hear the word ‘mafia’ in The Godfather. If you happen to think that the movie was just a film glamorizing and showing the supposed realism of the mob then you should go on believing that since it’s a far more pleasant fantasy than the reality. As of now the mob is no longer what it used to be, meaning it’s not made up of killers and hitmen that will gladly whack a person because they’re boss tells them to. There are still plenty of killers in the world and there’s no doubt that whatever remains of the mafia is still capable of great violence, but the days when the streets ran red have all but subsided now that law enforcement has finally cracked down on them for good. Back in the days when The Godfather was being filmed however there were several instances when real life crime was used in order to prevent the movie from being made.
Joseph Colombo, the boss of the Colombo crime family, was noted as being able to bring the kind of muscle that would make it hard if not impossible for Coppola to finish his movie. They didn’t want the film being shot in the neighborhood and they certainly didn’t want it depicting Italian-Americans in such a negative light. Of course they also didn’t want their business being revealed through film, even if people might have thought that it was all drama and little substance. It was still too close to the truth obviously since the theft of a truck hauling a million dollars worth of equipment...
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