The Godfather, Part II Poster

Release Date: December 20th, 1974

DVD Release Date: May 24th, 2005

R|3 hr 20 min

Plot Summary
The compelling sequel to "The Godfather," contrasting the life of Corleone father and son. Traces the problems of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in 1958 and that of a young immigrant Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) in 1917's Hell's Kitchen. Michael survives many misfortunes and Vito is introduced to a life of crime.

Cast: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Talia Shire, Lee Strasberg, Michael V. Gazzo

Director: Francis Coppola

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Coppola Company

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Rise, 1950s, New York City, Brother, 1940s, Dark, Gritty, Father, Quest, Murder, Revenge

Ratings & Reviews

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  • It is neither a very happy or driving picture. But it is intellectually daring and marks an important breakthrough in the growing up of the Hollywood film. show more

  • Coppola is unable to draw all this together and make it work on the level of simple, absorbing narrative. The stunning text of "The Godfather" is replaced in Part II with prologues, epilogues, footnotes, and good intentions. show more

  • As the beginning of Part II echoes the opening of "The Godfather," so too does the end. Because of the manner in which circumstances are handled and considering the people involved, the impact here is more forceful. The tragic flaw has accomplished its poisonous, inevitable designs. Coppola punctuates both movies with a gut-twisting exclamation point. show more

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Awards

Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Original Music for a Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1975)
Nominated Film Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1975)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Writing (Screenplay Adapted From Other Material)
Nominated Costume Design
Winner Directing
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Best Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Winner Art Direction
Winner Music (Original Dramatic Score)