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The Godfather, Part II (1974)



Critic Consensus: Drawing on strong performances by Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, Francis Ford Coppola's continuation of Mario Puzo's Mafia saga set new standards for sequels that have yet to be matched or broken.

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Francis Ford Coppola's legendary continuation and sequel to his landmark 1972 film, The Godfather, parallels the young Vito Corleone's rise with his son Michael's spiritual fall, deepening The Godfather's depiction of the dark side of the American dream. In the early 1900s, the child Vito flees his Sicilian village for America after the local Mafia kills his family. Vito (Robert De Niro) struggles to make a living, legally or illegally, for his wife and growing brood in Little Italy, killing the local Black Hand Fanucci (Gastone Moschin) after he demands his customary cut of the tyro's business. With Fanucci gone, Vito's communal stature grows, but it is his family (past and present) who matters most to him -- a familial legacy then upended by Michael's (Al Pacino) business expansion in the 1950s. Now based in Lake Tahoe, Michael conspires to make inroads in Las Vegas and Havana pleasure industries by any means necessary. As he realizes that allies like Hyman Roth (Lee Strasberg) are trying to kill him, the increasingly paranoid Michael also discovers that his ambition has crippled his marriage to Kay (Diane Keaton) and turned his brother, Fredo (John Cazale), against him. Barely escaping a federal indictment, Michael turns his attention to dealing with his enemies, completing his own corruption. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

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Al Pacino
as Michael Corleone
Robert De Niro
as Vito Corleone
Robert Duvall
as Tom Hagen
Talia Shire
as Connie Corleone
John Cazale
as Fredo Corleone
Lee Strasberg
as Hyman Roth
G.D. Spradlin
as Sen. Pat Geary
Michael V. Gazzo
as Frankie Pentangeli
Joe Spinell
as Willie Cicci
Herkulis E. Strolia
as Tahoe Band Leader
Tom Rosqui
as Rocco Lampone
Morgana King
as Mama Corleone
Troy Donahue
as Merle Johnson
Abe Vigoda
as Tessio
Fay Spain
as Marcia Roth
Maria Carta
as Vito's Mother
Oreste Baldini
as Vito Andolini as a boy
Joseph Della Sorte
as Michael's Buttonman #1
Bruno Kirby
as Young Clemenza
Francesca De Sapio
as Young Mama Corleone
James Caan
as Sonny Corleone
Leopoldo Trieste
as Signor Roberto
Dominic Chianese
as Johnny Ola
Phil Feldman
as Senator #1
Amerigo Tot
as Michael's Bodyguard
John Aprea
as Young Tessio
Roger Corman
as Senator #2
Guiseppe Sillato
as Don Francesco
Roman Coppola
as Young Sonny Corleone (uncredited)
Mario Cotone
as Don Tommasino
James Gounaris
as Anthony Corleone
Sofia Coppola
as Child (uncredited)
Ezio Flagello
as Impresario
Michael Vincente Gazzo
as Frankie Pentangeli
Peter Donat
as Questadt
Tere Livrano
as Theresa Hagen
Carmine Caridi
as Carmine Rosato
Danny Aiello
as Tony Rosato
Carmine Foresta
as Bartender
Nick Discenza
as Bartender
Joseph Medeglia
as Father Carmelo
Saveria Mazzola
as Signora Colombo
Johnny Naranjo
as Translator
William Bowers
as State Committee Chairman
Joe Della Sorte
as Michael's Buttonman
Carmen Argenziano
as Michael's Buttonman
Joe Lo Grippo
as Michael's Buttonman
Kathleen Beller
as Girl in `Senza Mamma'
Tito Alba
as Cuban President
Elda Maida
as Pentangeli's Brother
Peter La Corte
as Abandando
Tom Dahlgren
as Corngold
Giuseppe Sillato
as Don Francesco
Paul B. Brown
as Sen. Ream
Yvonne Coll
as Yolanda
J.D. Nichols
as Attendant at Brothel
Edward Van Sickle
as Ellis Island Doctor
Gabria Belloni
as Ellis Island Nurse
Richard Watson
as Customs Official
Erica Yohn
as Governess
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Critic Reviews for The Godfather, Part II

All Critics (114) | Top Critics (35)

All the performances are fine, especially Lee Strasberg as a despicable Meyer Lansky hood; Diane Keaton, as Michael's despairing wife; Robert Duvall, as his lawyer; and Robert De Niro, as Vito Adolini, nee Don Corleone.

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Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather, Part II is an even richer, more spellbinding work than its wholly successful predecessor.

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The new sequel to The Godfather, titled The Godfather, Part II, permits us a second look inside that room, inside that world. At times the vision is as beautiful, as harrowing, and as exciting as the original.

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The Godfather, Part II really has no reason for its lavish existence other than the greediness of its makers. And that is the kind of avarice that a godfather appreciates.

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The Godfather Part II is quite fascinating in its study of a migrant community and especially of power within that community. A mixture of horror, piety and wit, it is compulsive viewing (even if you feel like closing your eyes in some scenes).

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Its ambition, vision and artistic courage make it more marvelous than anything we might have expected from that ill-fated form, the sequel.

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Audience Reviews for The Godfather, Part II

Thirty-seven years after this came out, it is still one of the most thrilling movies out there. Al Pacino and Diane Keaton have to be the most unlikely couple ever cooked up by Hollywood, but their chemistry is real. The story lines never seem implausable and they succeed in making criminals sympathetic. The scenes shot in Italy are so beautiful you can lick them. The flashback scene at Vito's birthday party when Michael announces he joined the Marines--after his father and lawyer-brother pulled strings to keep him out--is a brilliantly executed study in character. It is a real salute to Cappollo to say that when Michael Coreleone is alone at the end of the movie, you absolutely feel for him.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer

The sequel to Coppola's classic mafia crime story both continues the events around Michael Corleone and takes us back to his father's life story. Michael, wonderfully portrayed by Al Pacino, seems to get more ruthless, unsympathetic and paranoid while ruling his empire with an iron fist. He still has to fight the competition, deal with betrayal from his own ranks and deal with his broken marriage at the same time. That's interesting most of the time, but sometimes could have used some serious trimming. The film easily could have lost 30-45 more minutes to be much more leaner and to the point. Instead it is celebrating its own slowness a little too much. The flashbacks portraying Vito's story, now played by Robert DeNiro, do not exactly explain the man's thoughts and motivations. We get glimpses at his life every five years or so, but the decision to become the next Godfather remains somewhat in the dark. A well acted and filmed sequel, but it does not top the original film and is honestly a tad overrated, if judged by today's viewing habits.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


One of the best sequels of all time, the depth of this one exceeds it's predecessor. DeNiro and Pacino are amazing.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

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