The Godfather, Part II

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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 (74) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (72) | Rotten (2)

  • 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.

    Jun 3, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 3, 2015 | Full Review…
  • One of the greatest sequels ever.

    Sep 23, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • It is even better than the first film, and has the greatest single final scene in Hollywood history, a real coup de cinéma.

    Feb 20, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Either taken alone or together with the original, The Godfather Part II is an astounding work.

    Feb 20, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • One of the most ambitious and brilliantly executed American films, a landmark work from one of Hollywood's top cinema eras.

    Feb 24, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Godfather, Part II

  • Mar 27, 2016
    A sequel surpasses the original in many regards, The Godfather Part 2 is a haunting tale of betrayal, revenge and deception that is brought to life thanks to Francis Ford Coppala's amazing direction and the fantastic dual lead performances.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2016
    Surprisingly better than the first film. The Godfather: Part II brings in one of the best performances of all time by Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, Godfather: Part II as well as Part I are the best gangster dramas of all time arguably.
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 06, 2015
    "The Godfather: Part II" is a very suspenseful drama with a very exciting story, with great acting and great special effects. I would definitely recommend you watch this movie...but first watch the original classic from 1972 "The Godfather" . The movie may not be as good as the first movie but is still an amazing sequel. I give this movie a 9/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2015
    While most people will say that this is better than the first film, I'm always going to like Part I better. Still though, this is one of the best films that's ever been made.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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