How did Michael know?
March 27, 2009 3:15 PM Subscribe
Question about The Godfather Part II:
posted by DecemberBoy to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
How exactly does Michael figure out that Hyman Roth was behind the shooting at his home?
This is one of my favorite movies, and I've seen it many, many times, but I've always missed this plot point. OK, so Michael's home is shot up. He assumes (or at least appears to assume) Frank Pentangeli is behind it, because of the grievances Frank expressed at the beginning of the movie. Next we see him visiting Hyman Roth, and telling Roth that "Frank Pentangeli is a dead man", to which Roth replies "he's small potatoes". Then we see him visiting Frank Pentangeli at his father's old home, and telling him that he knows it was Hyman Roth. How does he know? Does he assume it's Pentangeli until he talks to him, and then it dawns on him that it was Roth during their conversation?