Godfather Part II
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Godfather Part II

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Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Cast: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton

     
 

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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 killsSee more details below

Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 sequel to The Godfather is an audacious tour de force believed by many critics and movie fans to be superior to the original film -- and with good reason. Coppola resisted the urge to make a conventional sequel; instead he crafted a film with dual story lines that bookend the events of the first Godfather. In one narrative Al Pacino returns as Michael Corleone, now deeply entrenched as the leader of a Mafia “family” whose influence extends to the lavish casinos of Eisenhower-era Las Vegas. Locked in a desperate struggle with shrewd Jewish mobster Hyman Roth (played brilliantly by veteran acting teacher Lee Strasberg), Michael also clashes with those closest to him, including wife Kay (Diane Keaton) and brother Fredo (John Cazale). The alternate plot features Robert De Niro as Michael’s father, Vito -- the character played by Brando in the first movie -- who is seen as a young man coming to New York from Sicily and locking horns with a fellow countryman, the neighborhood crime boss. Coppola develops the parallel stories with equal vigor and intensity, although the showdown between Michael and Roth, quite properly, forms the film’s unforgettable climax. More atmospheric and introspective than The Godfather, Part II is less a slam-bang gangster film than a Greek tragedy in contemporary settings. Michael Corleone grapples with the consequences of his decision to lead the family “business,” sacrificing his most intimate relationships -- and even his very soul -- to the compulsive desire to retain power and destroy his enemies. With their dual-story concept, Coppola and co-writer Mario Puzo make certain we realize that Michael’s fate was, to a large extent, sealed by the choices his father made decades before. Thirty years after it was made, this extravagant, epochal sequel remains vital and gripping, and it may well be the greatest film Coppola has ever made.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Both sequel and prequel to The Godfather (1972), Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather, Part II (1974) delves further into the dark side of the capitalist American dream by paralleling the young Vito Corleone's 1910s rise with his son Michael's 1950s spiritual fall. To create a more contemplative view of the Corleones' American success story, Coppola cross-cut between Vito's story (in subtitled Italian) and Michael's, revealing how the honorable aim of protecting the family degenerates into an excuse for wielding lethal power, for the sake only of business. Images of Vito's parental concern and immigrant neighborhood dealings dissolve to Michael's familial disintegration and U.S. Senate subterfuge. Cinematographer Gordon Willis' warm sepia tones for the Vito sequences recall period photographs, contrasting sharply with the crass brightness and cold shadows of 1950s Lake Tahoe and Havana. With the memory of The Godfather present in Robert De Niro's uncanny evocation of Marlon Brando and in flashbacks to 1942, Coppola underlines how much The Godfather's potentially alluring myth of family unity begat horrific violence; the film becomes both a critique of responses to the first film that may have glorified its family-oriented violence and a more explicit and mournful allegory of American corporate violence and corruption across the 20th century. These aspects, together with the unique cross-cut narrative, give the movie a richer dimension and a wider scope than the first one's family drama, and it was hailed by most observers as the rare sequel that equaled, or even surpassed, the original. A box-office hit, it was nominated for ten Oscars and won six, including Best Picture, the Director prize denied Coppola in 1972, Supporting Actor for De Niro, Art Direction, and Score. Years of sequel plans finally produced The Godfather Part III in 1990; and parts I and II were later cut together in chronological order for TV as The Godfather Saga, eliminating this film's cross-cut structure. Often equated with Citizen Kane (1941), The Godfather Part II remains one of the most artistically challenging popular films ever made.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/24/2005
UPC:
0097360845945
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
3:20:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director Francis Ford Coppola; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Theatrical trailer; Dolby Digital English 5.1 surround; French 2.0; English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Al Pacino Michael Corleone
Robert Duvall Tom Hagen
Diane Keaton Kay Adams
Robert De Niro Vito Corleone
John Cazale Fredo Corleone
Lee Strasberg Hyman Roth
Talia Shire Connie
David Baker FBI Agent
Oreste Baldini Vito Andolini, as a boy
Francesca de Sapio Young Mama Corleone
Gastone Moschin Fanucci
Joe Spinell Willie Cicci
Herkulis E. Strolia Tahoe Band Leader
G.D. Spradlin Senator Pat Geary
Bruno Kirby Young Clemenza
Carmine Caridi Carmine Rosato
Danny Aiello Tony Rosato
Carmine Foresta Policeman
Nick Discenza Bartender
William Bowers Senate Committee Chairman
Joseph Della Sorte Michael's Buttonman #1
Carmen Argenziano Michael's Buttonman #2
Kathleen Beller Girl in "Senza Mamma"
Ignazio Pappalardo Mosca
Vincent Coppola Street Vendor
Tom Dahlgren Fred Corngeld
Phil Feldman Senator #1
Roger Corman Senator #2
Richard Watson Custom Offical
Erica Yohn Governess
Roman Coppola Young Sonny Corleone (uncredited)
Sofia Coppola Child (uncredited)
Michael Vincente Gazzo Frankie Pentangeli
Richard Bright Al Neri
Tom Rosqui Rocco Lampone
Frank Sivero Genco
Morgana King Mama Corleone
Leopoldo Trieste Signor Roberto
Dominic Chianese Johnny Ola
Amerigo Tot Michael's Bodyguard
Troy Donahue Merle Johnson
John Aprea Young Tessio
Abe Vigoda Tessio
Gianni Russo Carlo
Maria Carta Vito's Mother
Mario Cotone Don Tommasino
Fay Spain Marcia Roth
Harry Dean Stanton FBI Man 1
Ezio Flagello Impresario
Peter Donat Questadt
James Caan Sonny
Marianna Hill Deanna Corleone
Tere Livrano Theresa Hagen
James Gounaris Anthony Corleone
Giuseppe Sillato Don Francesco
Carmine Coppola Conductor

Technical Credits
Francis Ford Coppola Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Newt Arnold Asst. Director
Burt Bluestein Asst. Director
Carmine Coppola Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Dick Smith Makeup
Jane Feinberg Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
A.D. Flowers Special Effects
Gray Fredrickson Producer
Michael S. Glick Production Manager
Angelo P. Graham Art Director
Alan Hopkins Asst. Director
Henry J. Lange Asst. Director
Joe Lombardi Special Effects
Barry Malkin Editor
Richard Marks Editor
Walter Murch Sound/Sound Designer
Chuck Myers Asst. Director
George R. Nelson Set Decoration/Design
Mario Puzo Screenwriter
Vic Ramos Casting
Fred Roos Producer
Nino Rota Score Composer
Charles Schram Makeup
Dean Tavoularis Production Designer
Theadora Van Runkle Costumes/Costume Designer
Gordon Willis Cinematographer
Peter Zinner Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Godfather Part II, Disc 1
1. Funeral in Sicily [3:23]
2. It's Not His Words I'm Afraid Of [3:47]
3. Ellis Island, 1901 [4:36]
4. Party at Lake Tahoe [4:13]
5. You Can Have My Answer Now [3:55]
6. Frankie Pentangeli's Complaint [:27]
7. Bedroom Shooting [1:27]
8. New York City, 1917 [2:10]
9. Vito Meets Clemenza [3:19]
10. Keep Your Friends Close, But Your Enemies Closer [6:49]
11. I Remember She Was Laughing [9:11]
12. Welcome to Havana [5:52]
13. I Know it Was You, Fredo [10:17]
14. Was it a Boy? [6:02]
15. Fanucci Wants to Wet His Beak [6:58]
16. Murder of Fanucci [4:21]
Side #2 -- Godfather Part II, Disc 2
1. You Can Never Lose Your Family [6:21]
2. The Dog Stays [7:33]
3. Senate Hearing [7:43]
4. You're Nothing to Me Now [5:05]
5. Pentangeli Sees His Brother [4:20]
6. Michael, You Are Blind [6:11]
7. My Father's Name Was...Antonio Andolini [7:01]
8. Mama Corleone's Funeral [5:36]
9. You Can Kill Anyone [4:45]
10. Like the Roman Empire [3:47]
11. Kay With Her Children [2:05]
12. Hail Mary, Full of Grace [4:35]
13. Surprise Party [4:45]
14. End Credits [4:02]

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