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Moe Greene
Biographical Information
Gender Male
Died 1955
Affiliation Roth syndicate
Murder, Inc.
Title(s) Racketeer
Hotel owner
Associate
Assassin
Behind the scenes
Portrayed by Alex Rocco
Bruce Robertson (voice)
"You son of a bitch. Do you know who I am? I'm Moe Greene! I made my bones when you were going out with cheerleaders."
―Moe Greene to Michael Corleone[src]

Moe Greene was a casino owner from Las Vegas.

BiographyEdit

Moe Greene was a renowned Jewish mobster and former executioner for Murder Incorporated, credited with the development of Las Vegas into a gambling and entertainment mecca, bringing the interests of the most powerful organized crime organizations in America to the town. He was a childhood friend of Hyman Roth.

Moe and FredoEdit

"I gotta business to run. I gotta kick asses sometimes to make it run right. We had a little argument, Freddy and I, so I had to straighten him out."
―Moe Greene[src]

Among his powerful allies was Don Vito Corleone, who bankrolled the creation of Greene's first hotel-casino. In return, Moe took the Don's son Fredo under his wing during the war between the Five Families in New York, due to the intervention of West Coast Don, Anthony Molinari. Secretly, however he was also bankrolled by the Barzini crime family, who helped him set up a casino in the basement of The Peak hotel.

Although Fredo was greatly influenced by the city and Greene, family heir Michael Corleone disapproved the effect it had on his brother, whom Greene reportedly chastised and slapped around in public. He also had Fredo dispose of the body of a business rival, something that could have gotten Fredo in deep trouble if not for the actions of Detective Campbell and Aldo Trapani.

At a meeting with Greene, Michael expressed his disapproval and, perhaps partially motivated by Fredo's disgrace, made a stern offer to buy out Greene's entire interest in the casino as part of the Corleones' relocation to Nevada. Offended, Greene angrily refused, claiming that the Corleones had neither the favor nor the power required to drive him out of the business. He also belittled Michael's credentials as a boss, saying, "I made my bones when you were going out with cheerleaders!"

Moe's endEdit

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Moe meets his end.

For this mistake, Greene was executed on the day of Michael Rizzi's baptism whilst at a massage parlor in Las Vegas. The execution was performed with a bullet clean through the eye. Moe's casinos then became property of the Corleone family.

Personality and traitsEdit

Moe Greene was an arrogant but successful gangster, who had a love for the gambling industry. Greene loved his business so much, that he was offended at Michael Corleone's attempt to buy it over. However, Greene was not wise enough to realise that his refusal to the Corleones would sign his death warrant, underestimating their strength and believing that he would have a greater chance of success with Barzini.

In the video gameEdit

"Moe's dirty Fredo. Dirty. He refused my offer... I can't allow that to happen."
Michael Corleone[src]
Moe Greene game

Moe Greene meets his end in the video game.

In the video game, Moe Greene is known as something of an entrepreneur, managing a casino below The Peak Hotel in Manhattan. Prior to Moe's death, Aldo Trapani robs Greene's secret casino in the basement of The Peak, gaining a sizeable sum that Michael would use to set up business in Vegas.

If the player manages to kill Moe before he has a chance to stand up using a pistol, he will die exactly as he did in the movie.

Throughout the game, Greene's name is misspelled Moe Green in the pause menu, in the subtitles and in the HUD. It is unknown why.

InfluencesEdit

Greene is primarily based on Bugsy Siegel, who was also good friends with Meyer Lansky, on whom Hyman Roth is based.[1] Like Moe Greene, Bugsy Siegel was also killed with a clean gunshot through the eye.[2][3]

Moe Greene's name is believed to be derived from the names of Moe Sedway and Gus Greenbaum, who were close associates of Meyer Lansky, the model for Hyman Roth.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • In the novel, Moe Greene was shot to death in the Hollywood home of his movie-star mistress. Afterwards, Al Neri went on a vacation in the Caribbean and did not reappear in New York until almost a month later.
  • He was portrayed by Alex Rocco.
  • In the original screenplay, Greene had a business relationship with Carmine Cuneo, and the two were gunned down in an elevator by Peter Clemenza, much in the same way as Victor Stracci and his underboss in the final film.
  • Moe Greene's death in the film became known as "The Moe Greene Special".[4]
  • In "Denial, Anger, Acceptance" (1999), a Season 1 episode of the television show The Sopranos, Brendan Filone is executed with a bullet clean through the eye. The execution is referred to as a "Moe Greene Special", in reference to the way in which Moe Greene was killed in the Godfather, which in turn is based on Siegel's real-life execution.

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Cowie, Peter (1997). The Godfather Book. Faber and Faber, p. 155. ISBN 0571190111.
  2. Jones, Jenny M. (2007). The Annotated Godfather. Black Dog & Leventhal, p. 222. ISBN 1579128114.
  3. Fact and Fiction in The Godfather. truTV.com.
  4. Fact and Fiction in The Godfather. truTV.com.

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