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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Hey, I swear I haven’t forgotten about you guys. I took Thanksgiving off for the first time in about 10 years and every other working minute of my day I’ve spent trying to finish the Holiday Gift Guide (I’m on track to post the final installment tomorrow)!

But I did want to offer up a nice BTS shot to make up for slipping over the holiday weekend. Today’s shot is from one of the most recognizable scenes in movie history, when Michael Corleone fully commits to joining the family business by putting a bullet in Sollozzo’s head.

What you see in this picture is effects man Joe Lombardi instructing Al Pacino on how to use the gun, which is rigged to the squib on Al Lettieri’s head (see the wire coming out of the butt of the gun?). Neat, huh?

Thanks to Dimitar Dimitrov and the PEG for the shot!



If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at

Tomorrow’s pic is another sweet Kubrick shot, this time from the set of Barry Lyndon.

-Eric Vespe
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Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One
(warning: there are some broken links that will be fixed as soon as I can get around to it)

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  • Nov. 25, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST

    by Jikarl

    Love that.

  • Nov. 25, 2012, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Quint, 9th Hobbit production diary was out this weekend.

    by t_allen

    No coverage?

  • Nov. 25, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST


    by FannyPad

    Tomorrow's pic is from my favourite film.

  • Nov. 25, 2012, 1:52 p.m. CST

    May be my favorite scene from the Godfathers.

    by notcher

    I love the whole feel of the first film so much, definitely the best one IMHO. Nothing tops Brando and Caan!

  • Nov. 25, 2012, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Came here expecting something about Luca Brasi...

    by Polyphenus

    Couldn't one of the lines from or about this scene been used instead? How about the one about the gun, the toilet, and Michael's, um, privates?

  • Nov. 25, 2012, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Hows the Italian Food here?


    Great try the veal, its the best in the city.

  • Nov. 25, 2012, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Great moment

    by corplhicks

    Puff of blood must and glass window behind his break breaks telling u bullet went right through the guys head.

  • Nov. 25, 2012, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Love Sterling Hayden's death scene

    by David Duchovny

    Looks like it really fucking hurt. Good acting. That shit ain't easy.

  • Nov. 25, 2012, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Does an exploding squib on somebody's head hurt?

    by ajit maholtra

  • Nov. 25, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST

    The 70's... what a great decade for movies

    by Raptor Jesus

    And this might be the best.

  • Nov. 25, 2012, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Greatest Movie Ever

    by Logan_1973

  • Nov. 25, 2012, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Before the rolling train in the background became cliche

    by paulloch

    One of the best scenes in movie history for so many reasons. Best homage -- in the first season of the Sopranos, when Tony drops the stapler gun.

  • As stated in the GF blu-ray xtras.

  • Nov. 25, 2012, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Easily the standout scene of the movie for me.

    by Randy

    Perfect filmmaking in every single way.

  • She was helping Coppola look through the screen tests for Michael and she thought Pacino should get the part because "He undresses you with his eyes."

  • Nov. 25, 2012, 6:36 p.m. CST

    so when is the remake coming thats rated pg13

    by Creative

  • Nov. 25, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST

    godfather 1 and 2 great 1 2 punch

    by Creative

  • Nov. 25, 2012, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Famous Last Words . . .

    by elmo

    . . . I've frisked a thousand young punks in my time.

  • Nov. 25, 2012, 6:46 p.m. CST

    To ajit...

    by mojorising74

    The exploding squib was on the back of his head. Lots of padding and protection. The bullet in the front achieved by building a little damn of puddy on the forehead and filling it with fake blood. They then cut a small circular hole in the puddy, creating a plug in the shape of the bullet hole and attached it to a string. When he pulled the trigger, the squib exploded and they simultaneously pulled the string, yanking out the plug. Allowing the appearance of blood trickling down his face from nowhere. If you look at the picture above you can see the puddy caked on his forehead hiding the trickle of blood to come. It happened so fast, with the smoke and the shadows, that you can't see the plug yanked in 24fps. Back when people still like practical effects in their films.

  • Nov. 25, 2012, 6:51 p.m. CST

    The dickhead cop got his meal way too fast....

    by YourMomsBox3D

    What is this place? Fucking Olive Garden? Microwaved veal? Bunch of fuckin mulignans.

  • Nov. 25, 2012, 8:18 p.m. CST

    mymomsbox, you are right dude!

    by Anthony Torchia

    I never tuned that in, thanks My family (the Ingolias) used to own an Italian restaurant, nobody was killed in it but I did have a relative in Oklahoma get the "hair dryer in the tub" treatment No one liked him anyway ....

  • Nov. 25, 2012, 8:19 p.m. CST

    michael shot first.

    by chainsaw autotune

    need more coppola.

  • Nov. 25, 2012, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Sleep with fishes

    by The StarWolf

    Another of those surface world expressions which Aquaman (or Submariner) just wouldn't get.

  • Nov. 25, 2012, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Starwolf, that reminds me of a Far Side cartoon...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...where we see a fish being fitted with styrofoam shoes by fish gangsters so he can "sleep with the humans".

  • Nov. 26, 2012, 1:54 a.m. CST

    I am deeply suspicious...

    by Jay Jay

    ...of anyone who doesn't like this film. Cinema just doesn't get much better than this.

  • So Who thinks LOTR will be remade any better as well?

  • Nov. 26, 2012, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Hobbit production video #9

    by LarkStew

    Just thought I'd mention it since I saw it 2 days go on another site but I still haven't seen it posted anywhere on AICN... y'know... the fantasy geek movie news website...

  • Lucas will change it so that Michael and Sollozzo shoot at the same time. Spielberg will change all the guns into cannolis and meatball sandwiches. All of the Brando scenes will be redubbed by James Earl Jones. James Caan will be gunned down in the Millenium Falcon while stopping at a toll booth. Robert Duvall will be digitally replaced by Consigliere Jar Jar Binks.

  • Nov. 26, 2012, 8:38 a.m. CST

    One thing that has always bothered me abotu Godfather II....

    by Beebop

    ....and I love that movie, maybe even more than the first one, but... Who killed Michael's would-be assassins in the Lake Tahoe complex? Rocco? But then why would he agree to take out Roth in the airport at the end? It's a pretty big hole in the plot of an otherwise near-perfect movie.

  • Nov. 26, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST


    by Con Shonnery

    I always thought they'd killed themselves after being trapped by Michael's men.

  • Nov. 26, 2012, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Heart pounding every time...

    by Darth Macchio

    Even if just a little...each and every time I think Mike won't find the gun. Or it just won't be there. Or something else in the universe of a million things that can go wrong would go wrong and it would all be for naught... Brilliant movie and brilliant scene...doesn't get much better than that.

  • Nov. 26, 2012, 11:52 a.m. CST


    by JohnDeaux

    Whomever dropped them off at the water waited for them to return, shot them and left them there to be found, trying to turn suspicion on Frankie. Micheal visited both he and Roth, and knew it was Roth.

  • Nov. 26, 2012, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Godfather II had some weird plot holes.

    by Hesiod2k7

    To answer the question above -- I think it was strongly implied that Fredo killed the assassins. Which, kind of makes him more competent that he appeared. Or, it was Johnny Ola who did it after they botched the job. The other big plot hole is why the guys who tried to kill Frank Pantangele told him that "Michael Corleone says hello?" Or whatever. That made no sense unless they WERE acting on Michael's orders. If they were acting on Hyman Roth's orders, why bother with the subterfuge (unless you want the guy in the bar who's a witness to implicate Corleone). It looks like Coppola intended for Corleone to really be the man who ordered the Pantangele hit (that whole scene with Frank at Michael's old house in New York has a whole different meaning if Michael suspects Pantangele and orders his death later on). It obviously made for a more coherent plot that Pantangele thinks Michale was behind the atempt on his life, and that it was ordered by Hyman Roth. But, the scenes were shot with such ambiguity that I think Coppola changed his mind halfway through filiming it. That scene, again, in Pantangele's home seemed like Michael was accusing him of being behind the attempt on Michael's life, and his whole "keep your friends close, and your enemies closer" speech was talking about Frank, not Hyman Roth who is was ostensibly about. The whole scene was highly ambiguous. And the way the film played out, it lost its highly charged complexity and irony because it appeared Michael was being straightforward and earnest.

  • Nov. 26, 2012, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Getting to my point.

    by Hesiod2k7

    I think the original idea was that Pantangele was behind the attempted hit on Michael, not Hyman Roth. They retconned the Hyman Roth plot in later. You see remnants of the Frank Pantangele plot in the scene where Michael visits him in his home in New York. I think that scene was supposed to be played as highly ironic as opposed to earnest. The way Pacino plays it is as if he knows Pantangele was behind the attempt on his life in Tahoe, and that he's "keep his enemy closer" by telling Frank that it was Hyman Roth to make Frank " completely relaxed and comfortable in [their] friendship."

  • She'll give you an offer you can't refuse...she's The Godmother.

  • Nov. 26, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST

    guess he didnt like lego lord of the rings

    by Balkin Flabgurter

  • Nov. 26, 2012, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Aren't they making The Godmother based on that Colombian drug dealer?

    by kindofabigdeal

    It will probably be called The Godmother. It will probably be produced by Copola. It will have a female lead actress who will ugly herself up for the role, or she will be hot and look nothing like the real woman. She names her son Michael Corleone after the character in the movie. (so meta) It will have a hip hop soundtrack. It will feature at least 3 hip hop artists.

  • Nov. 26, 2012, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Lettering came across as pure badass

    by DougMcKenzie

    Not a lot of actors today can say that. Too many nancy boys and not enough ugly menace. I blame the rise of metro sexuality.

  • Nov. 26, 2012, 4:55 p.m. CST

    *Lettieri... stupid auto correct

    by DougMcKenzie

  • Nov. 26, 2012, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Stole this from someone smarter than me

    by David Duchovny

    Picture In THE GODFATHER, the hit on Hayden’s forehead was done with an explosive squib. Squibs come in different sizes, 1/4 grain, 1/2 grain, etc. As I recall these were 1/4 grain or smaller (because they are explosive, squibs require protection via a small round metal plate attached to the actor’s skin. This all goes on before the makeup). For Hayden, Dick used a foam latex forehead over the squib and plate. This took about an hour and a half to prepare. The wires to detonate the squib were run through Hayden’s hair and became virtually invisible. But there was no blood tube. Instead, Dick left a small air pocket around the squib. Right before the camera rolled, he withdrew the air from the air pocket with one hypodermic needle and syringe as he simultaneously injected thinned blood with a second hypodermic. This way there was no bulge. Genius is right. Pacino’s gun goes off and Bang! -- the hole pops and blood courses down Hayden’s entire face. The effect worked beautifully and is seen in the final cut of the film. But there was a drawback. It took nearly two hours to clean up and re-set. The foam latex not only absorbed the blood, but the squibbed hole tore irreparably, which meant a completely new forehead and re-do. This led Dick decided to rethink things.