September 23, 2008
Paramount Home Entertainment
- Runtime: 202 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
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), forty 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 actor 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. Robert 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.
One of the few sequels in film history that measures up to the original, this outstanding film compares the young Vito Corleone, immigrating to America and starting out in the ghetto as he positions his family for power, to the young Michael, Vito's son, as he confronts a second generation of family affairs.Academy Award Nominations: 11, including Best Actor, Al Pacino; three nominations for Best Supporting Actor. Academy Awards: 6, including Best Picture; Best Director; Best (Adapted) Screenplay; Best Supporting Actor, Robert De Niro.
The film premiered on December 12, 1974.
THE GODFATHER PART II is number 32 on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest American movies.
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