kay adams corleone


The Godfather (1972)

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Cinematography by Gordon Willis


Well, when Johnny was first starting out, he was signed to this personal service contract; with a big band leader. And as his career got better and better, he wanted to get out of it. Now, Johnny is my father’s godson. And my father went to see this band leader, and he offered him $10,000 to let Johnny go. But the band leader said no. So the next day, my father went to see him; only this time with Luca Brasi. And within an hour, he signed a release, for a certified check for $1,000. How’d he do that?

Kay reads about Michael’s marriage in the newspaper, after the couple held a Sicilian ceremony for his family. She’s hurt, but not too surprised he married such a beautiful woman. She sends him a postcard of congratulations, and that’s their last interaction.

Over the years, she sees them in the newspapers and on TV in later years. Kay wonders if Michael succeeded his father as a Don, but she doesn’t really want to know. She doesn’t like to think about the love of her life becoming like the father he swore he’d never become. She wonders if Apollonia knows and accepts this, but she doesn’t really want to know the answer to that, either.

Perhaps it is best, she often thinks to herself. Kay loved Michael, but she could see that they had different values and that they wouldn’t have been happy together.

Kay marries a man with zero mob ties and has two children with him. A man who will never be in the papers and will never be under any investigation for wrongdoing. She and her family live a quiet life, and for that she’s thankful.