An East Harlem Scene from “The Godfather”: Sonny Corleone(James Caan) beats up his brother-in-law Carlo(Gianni Russo.)Posted: September 27, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized 3 Comments
The Godfather Movie:Click on this link to view YouTube video- Sonny Corleone(James Caan) beats up his brother-in-law Carlo(Gianni Russo.)
In this scene from The Godfather, James Caan seeks revenge for the unmerciful beating of his pregnant sister, Connie Rizzi. He heads for East Harlem’s E. 118th Street, to brutally beat up his wife-beating brother-in-law Carlo Rizzi(played by Gianni Russo.)
The scene was filmed on the 500 block of East 118th Street. My family and I lived there before this movie was filmed. The stoop that Carlo(wearing an orange and tan suit) is standing on-before he attempts to run from crazed Sonny, is 503 East 118th Street.
Note of Trivia: Most of the principal photography took place from March 29, 1971 to August 6, 1971, although a scene with Pacino and Keaton was shot in the autumn. There were a total of 77 days of shooting, fewer than the…
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I hate to break this too you all but I believe it was actually filmed in Yorkville just south of E Harlem.
Actually, parts of The Godfather were filmed on site in East Harlem, on the 500 block of East 118th Street, right off Pleasant Avenue. The photos that I posted were taken in East Harlem. Also, I have met Gianni Russo who was an actor in the movie, and he thanked me for this post. 🙂
I was there when Sonny beat the crap out of his brother in law by the fire hydrant. Then James Caan chatted with us for a bit. The cast would eat at Patsy’s I met a few of them when my father was the chef there. They did not film in Patsy’s. I wanted to meet Al Pacino but never did. 🙂 Lived there til 1979 above Patsy Pizzeria.