The first rule of the Mafia: don’t talk about the Mafia. Despite the fact that the entire movie is about the exploits of an Italian family crime syndicate, this familiar label is never applied to their dealings. If you find the lack of this five-letter M word in the film to be bizarre, you are right. The reason the word is never spoken is because the Italian-American Civil Rights League requested that “Mafia” and “Cosa Nostra” be removed from the film’s script! In retrospect, I think this makes The Godfather even cooler - it’s like the one word that could best sum up the entire film is considered to be taboo among its characters.
You can still find a healthy dose of racial slurs, however - the 1972 Best Picture does not shy away from the usage of potentially offensive words such as “greaser,” “wop,” “dago,” and “guinea.”
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