Why Did Michael Lash Out Against Tom? | The REAL Reason | The Godfather ExplainedVote
In The Godfather Part II, we follow Don Michael Corleone after the events of the first film, in which he became the head of the Corleone family and wiped out the heads of the rival New York dons.
There is a scene between Michael Corleone, Tom Hagen, Al Neri and Rocco Lampone where Michael treats Tom harshly. Why is Michael so cold here to Tom, seemingly berating him for no good reason?
It’s a far cry from he beginning of the movie after the assassination attempt, where Michael identifies Tom as the only man he can trust, saying he froze him out on previous occasions – like shutting him out of the meeting with Johnny Ola - because he loves him, and leaving him in charge of the family, leaving him to take care of Kay and the children, which Tom successfully does so. He calls Michael a brother, which makes Tom emotional as he always wanted to be felt of as a true brother to Michael. Tom has insecurities of his own, being a German-Irish outsider in this Sicilian family, but that’s a subject for another day. The fact is Tom was given control of the family, he defended Michael during the hearings, he kept Kay safe, he set up Geary, he eventually sorts things out with Frank Pentangeli – so why is Michael treating him like this?
01:20 (The scene between Michael & Tom)
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