Lake Tahoe Godfather Fredo
December 5, 2011 by staff
Lake Tahoe Godfather Fredo, Frederico “Fredo” Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzo’s novel The Godfather. In the fictional universe of the novel and its film adaptation, he is the second son of Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando), head of a powerful Mafia family. He is the second oldest of Vito’s four children; he is the younger brother of Sonny (James Caan) and elder brother of Michael (Al Pacino) and Connie (Talia Shire).
Fredo was portrayed by Italian-American actor John Cazale in Francis Ford Coppola’s film adaptation of the novel, as well as in its sequel.
In Puzo’s novel, Fredo is thought of in the Corleone family as the weakest and least intelligent of the three Corleone brothers, and therefore is given its unimportant businesses to run. Nevertheless, Fredo is the most obedient and dutiful of the Corleone children, despite being largely ignored by his father.
In a pivotal scene in the novel and film, Fredo attempts to immediately retaliate after the attempted assassination of his father on a New York street by men working for drug kingpin Virgil Sollozzo (Al Lettieri). However, he drops the gun and is unable to return fire. He then sits on the street curb next to his badly wounded father and weeps. In the novel, he becomes sick after his father’s shooting, going into shock after the incident. To help him recover and to protect him from any possible reprisals, Sonny sends him to Las Vegas under the protection of former hitman Moe Greene (Alex Rocco). While in Las Vegas, Fredo learns the casino trade and becomes a power in his own right.
After Sonny’s assassination, Vito decides that Fredo is incapable of running the family business and chooses younger brother Michael as heir apparent. This causes a deep rift between the two brothers which is expanded upon in Coppola’s later sequels to the first film adaptation.
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