The Godfather Part II

The Godfather Part II

Francis Ford Coppola (1974)

15 Certificate


Our Score
In The Godfather, Don Corleone's war hero son Michael (Al Pacino) turns into a man who orders death like room service. In this sequel, Michael is a symbol of an America born of immigrant idealism and dying of corruption. The only moral support is the Family. Breathtaking in scope, Part II also shows the early life of the Don, brilliantly portrayed by Robert De Niro, as he flees Sicily and sails for New York. These sequences have the grandeur of a silent movie by DW Griffith or Erich von Stroheim; the later sequences, with Michael in Cuba, are clumsy and confusing, though the climax is as chilling as the look on Michael's face when he realises that even Family members can be rubbed out. Pacino gives a monumental performance, and it was an equally monumental crime that he never won an Oscar for it.


Mafia don Michael Corleone sets out to clinch a make-or-break deal with an ageing gangster - but his plans are blown apart by a traitor within the family. Michael's story is intercut with flashback sequences chronicling the early life of his father Vito, as he makes the shift from immigrant grocery-store clerk to Mob kingpin. Francis Ford Coppola's Oscar-winning crime drama sequel, with Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, John Cazale, Michael V Gazzo and Lee Strasberg.

Cast & Crew

Michael Corleone Al Pacino
Vito Corleone Robert De Niro
Tom Hagen Robert Duvall
Kay Corleone Diane Keaton
Fredo Corleone John Cazale
Hyman Roth Lee Strasberg
Connie Corleone Rizzi Talia Shire
Frank Pentangeli Michael V Gazzo
Senator Pat Geary GD Spradlin
Don Fanucci Gastone Moschin
Director Francis Ford Coppola
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Other Information

Language: English, Italian +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Park CircusGuidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray