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.
Release Year: 1974
Rating: 9.0/10 (339,569 voted)
Critic's Score: 71/100
Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall
Storyline 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.
Writers: Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo
Cast: Al Pacino
Robert De Niro
(as Robert DeNiro)
Michael V. Gazzo
Senator Pat Geary
(as G. D. Spradlin)
(as Gaston Moschin)
(as B. Kirby Jr.)
Francesca De Sapio
Young Mama Corleone
(as Francesca de Sapio)
Release Date: 20 December 1974
Filming Locations: 6th Street, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $244,000
Did You Know?
As of 2010, Robert De Niro is one of only five actors (with Sophia Loren, Roberto Benigni, Benicio Del Toro and Marion Cotillard), to win an Academy Award for a role primarily in a language other than English, since almost all of his dialogue is in Italian.
Crew or equipment visible:
When Vito is driving and Fanucci hops onto the car, another car passes between the camera and Vito's car - Coppola and the camera can be seen reflected in the car's window.
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]
[subtitled from Italian]
They've killed the boy! They've killed young Paolo! They've killed your son Paolo!
To call it a sequel is a travesty
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.