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The Godfather: Part II (1974)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  20 December 1974 (USA)
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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vito Corleone (as Robert DeNiro)
Richard Bright ...
Gastone Moschin ...
Fanucci (as Gaston Moschin)
Tom Rosqui ...
Young Clemenza (as B. Kirby Jr.)
Young Mama Corleone (as Francesca de Sapio)


The continuing saga of the Corleone crime family tells the story of a young Vito Corleone growing up in Sicily and in 1910s New York; and follows Michael Corleone in the 1950s as he attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Release Date:

20 December 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mario Puzo's The Godfather: Part II  »

Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)


$57,300,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vito Corleone has a father named Antonio, and a grandson named Anthony. Robert De Niro's middle name is Anthony, just like his father. See more »


During the final scene flashback, they are talking about the attack on Pearl Harbor happening on "Pop's birthday". It is also revealed that this led Michael to enlist in the army "this morning". Since the attack happened in Pearl Harbor at 8AM Hawaiian time, news of the attack couldn't have reached New York before 1PM. See more »


[first lines]
Title Card: The godfather was born Vito Andolini, in the town of Corleone in Sicily. In 1901 his father was murdered for an insult to the local Mafia chieftain. His older brother Paolo swore revenge and disappeared into the hills, leaving Vito, the only male heir, to stand with his mother at the funeral. He was nine years old.
[gunshots and screams]
Woman: [subtitled from Italian] They've killed the boy! They've killed young Paolo! They've killed your son Paolo!
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Crazy Credits

As with the first film no opening credits are shown. Although it is now commonplace for films not to have opening credits, it was considered innovative in 1974. See more »


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Heart and Soul
Frank Loesser and Hoagy Carmichael
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User Reviews

One of the greatest sequels ever made
12 September 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After seeing The Godfather and improving it as one of my favorite films, I wanted to get more into The Godfather so I rented this. Words can't describe how great this sequel was. The acting once again was amazing and the story and how the movie went on just never got me bored. Everything in this movie was clearly beautiful. The ending by far was my favorite when there all sitting at the table talking. There were so many great scenes like Vito when he was younger, Fredo at the lake, and many many more. You have to see this movie because it's just brilliant filmaking. It's not better than it's first film but still an extremely worth sequel.


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