• The Godfather, Part II (1974)

The Godfather, Part II

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 Ford Coppola

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Coppola Company

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    This magnificent 1974 sequel, the centerpiece of Coppola and writer Mario Puzo's 20th Century gangster saga, is still one of the most ambitious and brilliantly executed American films, a landmark work from one of Hollywood's top cinema eras. show more

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    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

  • 100

    If the first film could be considered to glorify violence and organized crime, this one shows the consequences of that life. It also serves as a thinly veiled metaphor for American capitalism and its destructive effect on family, cultural heritage, community identity and morality. show more

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Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1976)
Nominated Film Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1976)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Winner Music (Original Dramatic Score)
Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Original Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1976)
Winner Writing (Screenplay Adapted From Other Material)
Winner Directing
Winner Best Picture
Winner Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner Art Direction