The Godfather Part II
I don't feel I have to wipe everybody out, Tom. Just my enemies.
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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 3 hours, 22 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 9, 2017
- Originally Released: 1974
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Commentary by Francis Ford Coppola
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono - English, French, Spanish
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Al Pacino & Robert De Niro|
|Performer:||Robert Duvall, Talia Shire, Diane Keaton, Lee Strasberg, John Cazale, Michael V. Gazzo, G.D. Spradlin, Bruno Kirby, Richard Bright, Dominic Chianese & Troy Donahue|
|Directed by||Francis Ford Coppola|
|Edited by||Peter Zinner, Barry Malkin & Richard Marks|
|Screenwriting by||Francis Ford Coppola & Mario Puzo|
|Composition by||Nino Rota|
|Cinematography by||Gordon Willis|
|Art Direction by||Angelo Graham|
|Produced by||Francis Ford Coppola|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
Academy Awards 1974 - Best Art Direction: Angelo Graham & Dean Tavoularis
Academy Awards 1974 - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration: George Robert Nelson
Academy Awards 1974 - Best Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Academy Awards 1974 - Best Original Score: Carmine Coppola & Nino Rota
Academy Awards 1974 - Best Picture
Academy Awards 1974 - Best Screenplay Adapted from Other Material: Francis Ford Coppola & Mario Puzo
Academy Awards 1974 - Best Supporting Actor: Robert De Niro
The musical score plays an even greater role in THE GODFATHER: PART II than it did in the original film. Nostalgic, mournful, evoking lost eras, it stirs emotions....
An admirable, responsible production, less emotionally disturbing than its predecessor, but a grand historical epic studying the nature of power in the United States' heritage. Full Review
Rating: 4/4 -- One of the most ambitious and brilliantly executed American films, a landmark work from one of Hollywood's top cinema eras. Full Review
It is a lament, an elegy, at times almost a dirge on what vengeance did to two men in different times and different places when they assumed a mantle of power they never sought. Full Review
Gannett News Service
Rating: 4/4 -- It goes much deeper than The Godfather in analyzing the twisted mentalities of these men who pervert the capitalist system for their own gain. The film is richer in texture and gives more evidence of social awareness. Full Review
New York Daily News
Rating: 5/5 -- It is even better than the first film, and has the greatest single final scene in Hollywood history, a real coup de cinéma. Full Review
5 stars out of 5 -- Arguably better than the original, this is still an amazing film.
The sequel to THE GODFATHER tells the story of both a young Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro), newly arrived in America, and his son Michael (Al Pacino) 40 years later, running the family empire. On the streets of Hell's Kitchen in 1917 New York City, Vito is initiated into the ways of the local Cosa Nostra by his friend Clemenza (Bruno Kirby). After killing the local mafioso in a towel-wrapped gun, Vito becomes the new man to be respected and feared. Meanwhile, a dour Michael Corleone negotiates with business partner Hyman Roth (legendary Method-acting teacher Lee Strasberg in his first film role) in Cuba and testifies in front of a Washington Senate committee. Robert Duvall (Tom Hagen), Diane Keaton (Kay Corleone), Talia Shire (Connie Corleone), and John Cazale (Fredo Corleone), reprising their roles from THE GODFATHER, are outstanding as the people forced to watch the new godfather's moral destruction. De Niro, speaking in Italian, captures the mannerisms of Marlon Brando's Vito Corleone from the first film brilliantly. THE GODFATHER PART II is one of the only major sequels ever made that might just surpass the original.
Francis Ford Coppola's compelling sequel lives up to--and even eclipses--the brilliance of THE GODFATHER, contrasting the life of Corleone father and son. In parallel story lines the movie traces the problems of a matured Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in 1958 and that of young immigrant Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) in 1917's Hell's Kitchen. Vito is introduced to a life of crime by two-bit hood Clemenza (Bruno Kirby) while Michael survives an attempt on his life, familial betrayals, and Senate hearings...but at a cost. De Niro, speaking almost completely in Italian, is charismatic as the young Don, a Robin Hood-type figure.
Classic | Family Interaction | Organized Crime | Betrayal | Murder | All-Star | Epic | Recommended | Theatrical Release | Crime | Essential Cinema
- The film premiered on December 12, 1974.
- THE GODFATHER PART II is number 32 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.
- THE GODFATHER PART II was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1993.
- Francis Ford Coppola's mentor, Roger Corman, makes a brief appearance in the film at the head table at Michael Corleone's Senate hearings.
- Troy Donahue has a bit part as Connie's boyfriend, a character named Merle Johnson, Donahue's real name.
- "If history has taught us anything, it's that you can kill anyone."--Michael Corleone
- "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."--Michael Corleone
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