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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 <>

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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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Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro are the only two actors to ever win separate Oscars for playing the same character. Brando won Best Actor for The Godfather (1972) and De Niro won Best Supporting Actor for this movie, both in the role of Vito Corleone. See more »


The text in the funeral scene says Vito was nine years old in 1901, but according to his headstone in The Godfather he was born in 1887 and would have been 14 years old. 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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To call it a sequel is a travesty
9 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

This movie is way to be good to be labelled a sequel to The Godfather . Rather it is more of a companion piece to the original and the two perfectly compliment each other . IT is both a sequel and prequel showing the rise of the young vito and moral decline of Micheal . Both characters are brought to life with uncanny ability by Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino . To say that these two are good actors is like saying that a nuclear bomb makes a loud noise and in this movie they prove why they are at the top of their respective crafts .

Al Pacino is the standout in the ensemble cast and its amazing how his eyes have changed from the first part . They are now cold , ruthless and unemotional and betray the price which Micheal Corleone has paid for power .

Watch this movie and learn why it is the greatest gangster film of all time.

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