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|“||When he is a man, he will seek revenge.||„|
|~ Don Ciccio reasoning why he must kill young Vito Andolini.|
Don Francesco Ciccio is one of the two main antagonists (alongside Hyman Roth) of the 1974 crime film The Godfather: Part II.
He was portrayed by the late Giuseppe Sillato.
Francesco Ciccio ruled over the small Sicilian town of Corleone, the birthplace of Vito Andolini, who would later grow up to be Don Vito Corleone. Don Ciccio murdered Vito's father, Antonio Andolini, after the hot-headed Andolini refused to give tribute, which was seen as a great insult to the Don.
This act provoked Vito's brother, Paolo, to swear a vendetta against Ciccio. Ciccio then had Paolo killed during his father's funeral. His mother went to Ciccio to beg that he spare her only remaining son's life. Ciccio refused, fearing that he would grow up and seek vengeance on him. Signora Andolini grabbed the Don at knifepoint, allowing Vito to escape. Ciccio's bodyguard shot and killed her in front of Vito. When word got out that Ciccio had put a price on Vito's head, Vito managed to escape to the United States with the help of friends.
More than twenty years later, a grown Vito, by that time known as Vito Corleone and a crime boss in his own right, exacted revenge on Don Ciccio. He murdered Ciccio's enforcers, Strollo and Mosca. He and his friend Lionele Tommasino then arranged a meeting with Ciccio, ostensibly to get his blessing for Tommasino's joint venture with Vito's Genco Pura Olive Oil Company, a front for the Corleone Family's criminal activities. Ciccio was impressed that Vito had taken the name of his hometown, and asked him the name of Vito’s father. When Ciccio couldn't make out what Vito said, he asked Vito to come closer. Vito then replied, "My father's name was Antonio Andolini, and this is for you!" before stabbing Ciccio and carving his chest open, thus finally avenging the murder of his family. Tommasino, who was shot in the legs and crippled while they escaped, took over as mafia chief of Corleone.