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 … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola
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On DVD: May 24, 2005
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


as Michael Corleone

as Vito Corleone

as Tom Hagen

as Connie Corleone

as Fredo Corleone

as Hyman Roth

as Sen. Pat Geary

as FBI Agent

as Frankie Pentangeli

as Willie Cicci

as Tahoe Band Leader

as Rocco Lampone

as Mama Corleone

as Deanna

as Merle Johnson

as Tessio

as Marcia Roth

as Vito's Mother

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as Michael's Buttonman ...

as Young Clemenza

as Young Mama Corleone

as Sonny Corleone

as Signor Roberto

as Johnny Ola

as Michael's Bodyguard

as Senator #1

as Young Tessio

as Senator #2

as Don Francesco

as Don Tommasino

as Young Sonny Corleone...

as Child (uncredited)

as Anthony Corleone

as Frankie Pentangeli

as Impresario

as Questadt

as Theresa Hagen

as Carmine Rosato

as Tony Rosato

as Bartender

as Bartender

as Father Carmelo

as Signora Colombo

as Translator

as State Committee Chai...

as Michael's Buttonman

as Michael's Buttonman

as Michael's Buttonman

as Girl in `Senza Mamma...

as Cuban President

as Pentangeli's Brother

as Abandando

as Corngold

as Don Francesco

as Sen. Ream

as Yolanda

as Attendant at Brothel

as Ellis Island Doctor

as Ellis Island Nurse

as Customs Official

as Governess
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Critic Reviews for The Godfather, Part II

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (11)

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… | June 3, 2015
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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… | June 3, 2015
Hollywood Reporter
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One of the most ambitious and brilliantly executed American films, a landmark work from one of Hollywood's top cinema eras.

Full Review… | February 24, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

This is quite simply one of the saddest movies ever made, a tale of loss, grief and absolute loneliness, an unflinching stare into the darkest moral abyss.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Not once does Pacino overtly ask for the audience's sympathy, but through a disciplined, suggestive performance he dominates the film.

Full Review… | February 20, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

There are, in fact, a great many good things to look at in the film. But they don't add up to anything very impressive. I came away with the feeling I had been shown somebody's family-snapshot album with all the pictures pasted up in the wrong order.

Full Review… | June 3, 2015
The Spectator

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.

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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