Vito’s Cat



The cat held by Marlon Brando in The Godfather was a stray Francis Ford Coppola found while on the lot at Paramount.

A cat was not originally called for in the script — but as we can all attest — worked out very well.

It’s alleged that its loud purring muffled some of Brando’s dialogue — at times drowning out the Don’s voice — but sound experts fixed all that — back at the studio.

The use of the cat in the scene has later been interpreted by some (not me) as representing the hidden claws beneath the Don’s warm facade.


The Godfather CAT probably didn’t get royalties for an excellent acting job but I hope it (gender?) was at least adopted.

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5 Responses to Vito’s Cat

  1. hocuspocus13 says:

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  2. Kathy Waller says:

    I’d forgotten the cat, but just off the top of my head I’d say it emphasizes Don Vito’s inherent treachery, the evil lurking behind a facade of gentleness. The cat is certainly not purring because it’s happy. It could be nervous, though I doubt that, or it could be releasing vibrations to strengthen its bones and build muscle in preparation for the first chance it has to get outta there.

  3. what a fascinating analysis! ❤

  4. Kathy Waller says:

    Actually, what I said sounds like what you said about how some people interpret the cat’s role, but that’s not what I meant. I meant the cat doesn’t represent claws; it’s a sweet creature being used by a very bad man. Or something like that.

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