Vincent Corleone

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Vincent Corleone
Vincent Corleone.jpg
Andy Garcia portraying Vincent Corleone
First appearance The Godfather Part III
Portrayed by Andy García
Information
Nickname(s) Vinnie
Aliases Vincenzo Corleone
Gender Male
Occupation Mobster
Title Boss
Soldato
Family Corleone
Relatives Sonny Corleone (father, deceased)
Lucy Mancini (mother)
Fredo Corleone (paternal uncle, deceased)
Michael Corleone (paternal uncle)
Connie Corleone (paternal aunt)
Vito Corleone (paternal grandfather, deceased)

Vincent Santino Corleone (né Mancini) is a fictional character in the 1990 feature film The Godfather Part III, in which he is portrayed by Andy García,[1] who was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance. Vincent is the illegitimate son of Sonny Corleone and his mistress Lucy Mancini. He eventually succeeds his uncle Michael as head of the Corleone family. Retroactive continuity ("retcon") was employed to create the character's existence for The Godfather Part III, as it is evident from Mario Puzo's original novel that Lucy did not conceive a child with Sonny.

Coppola has said that Vincent is, roughly speaking, an amalgamation of the five Corleone family males. Coppola describes Vincent as having Vito's cunning, Michael's ruthlessness, Fredo's sensitivity, Sonny's fiery temper and Tom Hagen's absolute loyalty.

Fictional character biography[edit]

The Godfather Part III[edit]

Born Vincent Mancini in the late 1940s, he is the illegitimate son of Sonny Corleone and Lucy Mancini, and is not included as one of the Corleone family. When his uncle, Michael Corleone, offers him employment in one of the family's legitimate businesses, Vincent declines, preferring to work for Joey Zasa, who now runs the remnants of the Corleone New York City criminal empire. Vincent attempts to ingratiate himself with his uncle by trying to protect him from rival Mafia families. Michael is hesitant, preferring to operate legitimate business, but the aging Michael sees that Vincent has inherited Sonny's temper and fears he will suffer his father's fate. Encouraged by his sister, Connie, Michael takes Vincent under his wing.

Vincent saves Michael from an assassination attempt orchestrated by Zasa, but later that night, Michael is hospitalized with a diabetic stroke. Believing Zasa will make another attempt on Michael, Vincent murders Zasa (with Connie's and Neri's approval). Michael is angry that Vincent acted without his permission and troubled by Vincent's burgeoning romance with Michael's daughter (and Vincent's cousin) Mary. Michael fears that Vincent's growing involvement in the "family business" will endanger his daughter. Mary asks Vincent about the stories concerning Sonny and Michael in the "old days". Vincent calls Michael, "a hero that saved the family". Mary asks if Michael killed his own brother Fredo, but Vincent claims it is only a story.

When Don Altobello, Michael's old ally, betrays him, Michael has Vincent spy on Altobello. Vincent learns that Licio Lucchesi, a powerful Italian politician, was the mastermind behind the assassination plot against his uncle.

Vincent asks Michael's permission to retaliate. Michael tacitly agrees, then formally retires as Don, naming Vincent his successor. Michael's influence has made Vincent into a new man: wiser, patient, and understanding his status as the new Don. His first act is to order Lucchesi, Frederick Keinszig and Archbishop Gilday to be killed. In return for being made don, Vincent agrees to end his and Mary's romance. That same night, Mary is killed in an assassination attempt on Michael. An enraged Vincent kills Mosca, the assassin.

Abandoned sequel[edit]

What follows in Vincent's story, according to author Mario Puzo and director Francis Ford Coppola, is not exactly known. However, on The Godfather Part III‍ '​s DVD commentary,[citation needed] Coppola explains that both he and Puzo had envisioned a storyline depicting Vincent's reign heading the Corleone family. Vincent, deviating from his predecessors' morals, would have entered the family into the drug trade, driving the Corleone clan back into corruption and eventual decline. Vincent's story ends with him being killed similarly to Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, and presumably ending the Corleone crime family.

This proposed film, titled The Godfather Part IV or The Godfather: The Final Part, would include flashbacks to Vito Corleone's early days as Don, and the childhood days of Sonny, Fredo, Michael and Connie Corleone, when they discover exactly the nature of their father's business. The film would also have portrayed the early days of Tom Hagen, Luca Brasi and Johnny Fontane, and Vito's first meeting with Hyman Roth. According to Coppola, Puzo had composed a rough draft alternating between Vincent's reign as boss and the "Happy Years" of 1926–1939. Leonardo DiCaprio, Luis Guzmán, Ray Liotta, and García himself all expressed interest in the film. However, this project has lain dormant since Puzo's death in 1999.[citation needed]

Family[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Godfather, Part III (1990)". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
Preceded by
Michael Corleone
Head of the Corleone crime family
1980–unknown
Succeeded by
Unknown