The Godfather: Part II (1974): Part II of Francis Ford Coppola's Corleone Crime Saga

Pacino and De Niro shine in the sequel to The Godfather

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Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in The Godfather: Part II, Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
The Godfather: Part II (1974)- By Francis Ford Coppola
Our Rating: 9.5
IMDb Ratings: 9.1
Genre: Crime  |  Drama
CastAl Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall
LanguageEnglish | Italian | Spanish | Latin
Country: USA
Runtime: 200 min
ColorColor (Technicolor)

Summary: The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba.

The Godfather Part II marks the consummation of saga of the Corleone Crime family. Regarded by many as the best sequel ever, The Godfather: Part II is equally brilliant as its precursor and good enough to stand on its own. The Godfather: Part II juxtaposes the early life of Vito Corleone (from his orphaned childhood to his rise in power in New York) with the life of his son Michael (after Vito's death to Michael becoming the most powerful Mafia head). The two stories are presented in form of parallel narratives with comparisons being drawn between the decision-making of Vito and Michael as the two encounter similar junctures in their respective lives.

Al Pacino as Don Michael Corleone in The Godfather: Part II, Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Al Pacino as Don Michael Corleone
Al Pacino picks up from where he had left in the first part, consummating Michael's journey to the dark side, and in the process presenting Michael as the greatest anti-hero the western cinema ever embodied. The movie gave Pacino his third consecutive Oscar nomination and a perpetual stardom that catapulted him above the ruck, laying the foundations of his illustrious career. Just like in part I, his performance in this movie is absolutely worthy of an Oscar, but the Academy once again robbed him of the glory.

Robert De Niro as the young Vito Corleone in The Godfather: Part II, Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Robert De Niro, in his Oscar winning portrayal of Vito Corleone, gives a great performance without uttering a single word in English. The synergy imparted by the brilliance of these two outstanding performers, makes the movie, a treat to watch. Robert Duvall reprises his role of Tom Hagen with a desired degree of subtlety and equanimity, reminding the viewer of Brando's portrayal in The Godfather. The entire cast is brilliant with special mention of Pacino's mentor and the pre-eminent method actor Lee Strasberg as Hyman Roth, John Cazole as Fredo, and Michael V.Gazzo as Frankie Pentageli, who are outstanding, to say the least. Francis Ford Coppola's brilliant and innovative direction gives Puzo's masterful story, an incredible impetus, which is well complemented by Nino Rota's poignant score and Gordon Willis' vivid cinematography. In a nutshell, the movie, though sanguinary and lengthy than its precursor, is an equally brilliant work of cinema, a profound and a deeply engrossing master piece.

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  1. Arguably Al Pacino's best performance ever. Really difficult to accept that he is the same innocent Michael who once had a heart of gold. Mind-boggling character development and role reversal. De Niro also shines in his relatively short portrayal. Thanks for bringing back some old memories!

    1. Thanks a ton, mate! Can't agree with you more on that on :P

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    1. Indeed!!! First the big hug and then the killer blow... unforgettable :-P

  3. Great Post:). Robert Di Niro gives an unbelievably effortless performance:). Thought Pacino deserved an oscar too for his role:(. Liked godfather part 2 more than the first one:).

  4. Thanks a ton, mate! De Niro and Pacino were but outstanding in their respective portrayals and while De Niro bagged his first Oscar Pacino unfortunately had to wait for two more decades for the coveted statuette. As far as I am concerned, both the movies are equally close to my heart. In fact, against the popular belief, I even love the third part :-)


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