• Publication date: September 17, 2009

The Godfather II The Godfather II

Based on the novel by Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola scripts and directs ...

Based on the novel by Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola scripts and directs this thriller of crime and drama in a timeless style, which remains pertinent to this day. "The Godfather Part II" is a classic that has been voted one of the best films of all time. The 1974 sequel to "The Godfather" tells the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family in two parallel inter-weaving storylines. The main story spins the details of day-to-day business for Mafia boss Michael Corleone [Al Pacino], Vito Corleone's son, as he reaps the benefits of legalization of gambling in Las Vegas, Nevada, and attempts to expand the family venture to new markets such as Hollywood and Havana. Using flashbacks Francis Ford Coppola inlays the second storyline which reveals the beginnings of Michael's father- Don Vito Corleone. In 1901, in the Sicilian town of Corleone, Vito stands by his mother as they lay his father Antonio Andolini to the ground. His father was murdered for insulting the local crime lord, Don Ciccio. Word gets out that Vito's older brother has sworn revenge on Ciccio and soon enough the brother follows his father to the grave. When Vito's mother goes to Ciccio begging him to spare Vito, her youngest son, he turns her down. The mother is left with no choice but to sacrifice herself for her son, holding Ciccio hostage at knife point, allowing Vito to escape. Arriving at New York by ship, Vito Andolini becomes Vito Corleone [Robert De Niro], and by 1917 on the New York streets of Hell's Kitchen, he is initiated into the local Cosa Nostra after killing the oppressive Don Fanucci of "The Black Hand". Meanwhile in the 1958/59 storyline, Vito's son Michael is troubled. Though he has taken the organization to new record profits through his iron-clad fist and his penchant for identifying lucrative ventures, Michael feels his empire is slipping through his fingers. He fears the treachery of those around him as they seek power and money and grows increasingly distrustful and depressed at the life he was born into. Yet the Don is a natural born boss, who's done more to expand the family business than anyone else- including his own father Vito. Michael realizes late in the day that his father was a man followed out of love and respect, while his own empire is built on greed, violence and treason. Filmed in 104 days, "The Godfather Part II" was the first ever sequel to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. It won 6 Oscars including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role [Robert De Niro], Best Director [Coppola], Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay [Coppola & Mario Puzo], with another 7 wins & 15 nominations in 1975. The early buzz on "The Godfather" [1972] was so positive that a sequel was planned before the film was finished filming. 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.