Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Godfather - Luca Brasi Sleeps with the Fishes

In an attempt to draw out rival mobster Virgil Sollozzo and the rest of the Don's enemies, Luca Brasi pretends to switch allegiances and meets with Bruno Tattaglia. Luca was always cautious, as he brought a bullet-proof vest with him everywhere, but it would not save him this time. Sollozzo stabs Luca's hand with a knife, pinning it to the bar as Tattaglia's henchmen garrottes him from behind. No easy task, as you can tell from the expression on the henchman's face. Luca is a big man and isn't going to go down without a fight. Another iconic death from a iconic film.....

Later on, a message is later sent to the Corleone family: a fish wrapped in Brasi's bulletproof vest. The meaning is made clear to the Corleones.

"It's a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes."
―Peter Clemenza

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le0pard13 said...

Spot on. As you stated, later on after the Corleone family receives Brasi's bulletproof vest and understands its meaning, the camera cuts to Michael coolly hanging up the phone he's been using in an attempt to reach Brasi. I love that edit. A fantastic post of a great, iconic scene. Thanks for this.

Anonymous said...

Thats MY DAD. The Henchman who stangled Luca Brasi. He ALSO leaves the scene and goes outside to shoot Marlon Brando out in the street. I luuvvvv uuu Daddy- and altho u (urself) are now sleeping with the fishes and hangin with our relatives, u will ALWAYS be ALIVE and WELL here with us. How cool to be in the GREATEST strangulation scene of ALL time! Luv, ur Guinea Brat daughter.