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Encyclopedia > Frank Pentangeli

Frank Pentangeli ("Frankie Five Angels") is a fictional character from the novel and film The Godfather Part II. In the film, he was portrayed by Michael V. Gazzo, who was nominated for a "Best Supporting Actor" Academy Award for his performance. The Godfather Part II is the sequel to The Godfather, released in 1974. ... Michael V. Gazzo is a writer whose works incluse A Hatful of Rain. ... Academy Awards The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent film awards in the United States and most watched awards ceremony in the world. ...

Pentangeli is a member of the Corleone family, running operations in New York City while Michael and Fredo are in Las Vegas. He is a very old associate and family friend, having worked with Vito Corleone in the early days of their olive oil business. The Corleone family is a fictional Mafia family of Mario Puzos The Godfather. ... Nickname: The Big Apple Official website: City of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area Total 468. ... -1... In Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and its 1972 movie adaptation, Fredo Corleone is the middle brother to older brother Sonny Corleone and younger brother Michael Corleone. ... Nickname: The Entertainment Capital of the World Official website: http://www. ... Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather Vito Corleone (Born: Vito Andolini), aka The Godfather, is the fictional head of one of the five New York Mafia families in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and its 1972 film adaptation. ...


Near the beginning of the story, Pentangeli approaches Michael to ask for his help in eliminating the Rosato brothers, rivals in New York, but Michael refuses. He orders Pentangeli to do nothing, as he does not want a war to interfere with an upcoming deal with Hyman Roth, who supports the Rosatos. Pentangeli takes this as an insult and leaves in anger. Later that night, Michael narrowly escapes an assassination attempt. Hyman Roth is a fictional character (based heavily on real-life gangster Meyer Lansky), who plays a pivotal role in the film The Godfather Part II. He was portrayed by Lee Strasberg, a well-respected acting teacher, in one of his very first screen roles. ...


Back in New York, seeking an end to the feud, Pentangeli arranges a meeting with the Rosato brothers. At the meeting, Tony Rosato (played by Danny Aiello) ambushes Pentangeli with a garotte, telling him, "Michael Corleone says hello." A policeman passes by and the murder attempt devolves into a shootout in the street. Pentangeli disappears and is said to be dead. Danny Aiello Daniel Louis Aiello, Jr. ... A garrote (alternative spellings include garotte and garrotte) is a handheld weapon, most often referring to a ligature of chain, rope, or wire used to strangle someone to death. ...


Later, at a Congressional hearing, Pentangeli is presented as a surprise witness for the prosecution. He has been in the custody of the FBI since the murder attempt, and is prepared to testify that Michael is a Mafia Don and has ordered countless murders for the Corleone family, as well as having personally murdered a police captain (in the original film). Because Pentangeli's protective custody is so secure, Michael knows he will be unable to have him killed before the trial. Instead, he flies Pentangeli's brother in from Sicily, whose appearance in the courtroom makes Frankie realize he must not break the Mafia's code of silence. He recants his earlier testimony, claiming that the Corleone family is innocent of any wrongdoing, thereby derailing the government's case. Official FBI Seal The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a Federal criminal investigative and intelligence agency which is the principal investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... Sicilian redirects here; for other uses, see Sicilian (disambiguation). ...


After the hearing, Tom Hagen visits Pentangeli. He tells him that he did the right thing, and that if he accepts responsibility for turning on the Corleone family, his own family will always be taken care of. Frankie thanks Tom, returns to his room, and slits his wrists in the bathtub. This is part of the final violent montage that also includes the murders of Hyman Roth and Fredo Corleone. Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) with Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in The Godfather. ...

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