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The Godfather: Part II (1974)

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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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Technical Specs


| (The Godfather Trilogy 1901-1980 VHS Special Edition)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Just as in the first film (and in the novel), there are elements of the story based on the lives of New York gangster "Crazy" Joe Gallo and his brothers. In this film, when Frank Pantangelli is ambushed in the bar and nearly garroted by the Rosato brothers, that incident was based on an attack by Carmine "the Snake" Persico against Crazy Joe's brother, Larry Gallo. As in the film, Larry was lured to the bar for a "sit down" meeting with Persico, who was his friend. Larry was then garroted by members of the Profaci Crime Family, with whom the Gallos and Persico were a part of, in retaliation for Crazy Joe trying to instigate a mutiny within the family. Also as in the film, Larry Gallo was saved by a policeman who wandered into the bar, thus stopping the execution. See more »


In the street scene outside the Hotel Washington after the Senate hearing, the rear of a Greyhound motor coach is visible. The vehicle in question is a GM Coach PD-4106, which did not enter production until 1961, two years later after the hearing. Further the livery (the color scheme) was not the original one applied at the factory; it did not begin to appear until 1964, five years after the hearing. 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

This is the only Godfather film not to feature a standalone title screen against a black background. Instead, the title appears over Michael Corleone's chair after he gets up out of it. See more »


Senza Mamma
(F. Pennino Edition)
Francesco Pennino
Performed by Livio Giorgi
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A Masterpiece
15 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Godfather Part Two is possibly the best film ever made, every part of this film is amazing, it is even better than the original, I was very surprised by this. The story is amazing, everything makes perfect sense. The Oscar winning screenplay is amazing, the dialogue is some of the most original, and realistic ever putt on screen, the characters are flawless, and it's in every way perfectly written. The acting is just as fantastic, I can't believe Al Pacino lost the Oscar, and for once Robert De Niro was even better, he was truly amazing, and interestingly he fails to say a single word in English. The direction is also amazing, Francis Ford Coppola even does a better job than he did in The Godfather, and Apocalypse Now. The visual effects are so much better than the amazing one's in the original Godfather. One of the best films ever, a must see. Flawless.

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