Have you ever noticed how the obscure, unquoted, unfamous lines in The Godfather are full of subtext? Here are four that I love, and I'm sure I don’t even have to explain the context.
Tom: “Thank you for the dinner and a very pleasant evening. Maybe your car could take me to the airport. Mr. Corleone is a man who insists on hearing bad news immediately.”
(Man, are you ever screwed. You’re going to find in your bed a small portion of your most prized horse.)
Clemenza: That Sonny's running wild. He's thinking of going to the mattresses already. We have to find a place on the West Side. Try three-oh-nine west forty third street. You know any good spots on the west side?
Paulie: Yeah, I’ll think about it.
Clemenza: Well, think about it while you’re driving, will ya? I wanna hit New York sometime this month.
(You’re a dead man, Paulie.)
Michael: I have to go to the bathroom. Is that all right?
(I’m going to come out with a gun and blow your heads right off.)
Tessio: Barzini wants to arrange a meeting. Says we can straighten any of our problems out.
(Barzini kindly requests the opportunity to kill you.)