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THE GODFATHER, PART 2 (1974)
Director Francis Coppola's "The Godfather Part 2" is the rare sequel: it's better than, the original.
#32 on the AFI Top 100. Eleven Oscar nominations; six wins (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Art Direction, Music, and Adapted Screenplay).
Best Picture Oscar Winner / Best Picture Index
The basic story of this second installment of The Godfather Trilogy cuts back and forth between two storylines, one being Michael Corleone's struggles in the 1950's with the Mob empire he's inherited, and the second one being how his young, immigrant father, Vito Corleon, grew up in America, starting a life in crime in the early part of the century, in 1910s New York, as Vito strives to provide for his growing family. As we watch his father begin the crime family we see, the son fights to hang on to it, tightening his grip as he attempts to expand his crime family's business in Los Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba, trying to take the business legitimate, without much success due to a variety of factors; the lure of absolute power, his deteriorating ties to old school New York capo's, and his own family members, a dysfunctional lot!
This gripping film classic, that rivaled the success of "The Godfather, Part 1," was written and directed by the immensely talented Francis Ford Coppola , based on Mario Puzo's novel, 'The Godfather. ' Coppola won the Oscars for director, writer, and for being a producer.
The stellar cast includes: Al
De Niro, John Cazale, Talia Shire, Lee Strasberg, Michael
V. Gazzo, G. D. Spradlin, B. Kirby Jr. (Bruno Kirby), John Aprea,
Morgana King, Mariana Hill, Troy Donahue, Joe Spinell, Abe Vigoda,
Harry Dean Stanton, Danny Aiello, Roger Corman, James Caan.
Dianne Keaton excels as Michael Corleone's bitter wife, Kay, as she realizes too late that one must be careful what kind of family one marries into. Her husband Michael, had promised her that he would go legitimate, but instead finds himself pursuing the goal of absolute power, which brings unhappiness and tragedy.
John Cazale does a convincing job as Michael's disloyal, incompetent, weak-willed older brother, Frederico, who causes problems for Michael, who must then deal with him.
Troy Donahue has a brief role as Talia Shire's
irresponsible boyfriend, Merle Johnson. While he's not on the
screen very long, it's nice to see the 50's and early 60's teen
dream again, nonetheless.
Michael Corleone Quotes: "There are many things my father taught me here in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close, but your enemies closer." "I don't want to kill everyone, Tom. Just my enemies."