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The Godfather: Part II

R In Theaters 12/20/1974 , 200min.
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Plot & Details

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.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1974 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction George R. Nelson Won
1974 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Michael Vincente Gazzo Nominated
1974 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Dramatic Score Nino Rota Won
1974 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Gray Fredrickson Won
1974 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Angelo P. Graham Won
1974 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Mario Puzo Won
1974 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Al Pacino Nominated
1974 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Francis Ford Coppola Won
1974 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Theadora Van Runkle Nominated
1974 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Dean Tavoularis Won
1974 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Talia Shire Nominated
1974 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Dramatic Score Carmine Coppola Won
1974 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Lee Strasberg Nominated
1974 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Robert De Niro Won
1974 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Francis Ford Coppola Won
1974 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Fred Roos Won
1974 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Francis Ford Coppola Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1975 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Al Pacino Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1974 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score Nino Rota Nominated
1974 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Francis Ford Coppola Nominated
1974 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Francis Ford Coppola Nominated
1974 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Mario Puzo Nominated
1974 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated
1974 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score Carmine Coppola Nominated
1974 Hollywood Foreign Press Association New Star of the Year - Male Lee Strasberg Nominated
1974 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Al Pacino Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 American Film Institute 100 Greatest American Movies Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1975 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Al Pacino Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1974 Directors Guild of America Best Director Francis Ford Coppola Won

Library of Congress

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 Library of Congress U.S. National Film Registry Won

National Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1974 National Society of Film Critics Best Director Francis Ford Coppola Won

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