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| With: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Talia Shire, Lee Strasberg, Michael V. Gazzo, G.D. Spradlin, Richard Bright, Gastone Moschin, Tom Rosqui, Bruno Kirby, Frank Sivero, Francesca De Sapio, Troy Donahue, Joe Spinell, Dominic Chianese, Harry Dean Stanton, Danny Aiello, Roger Corman |
| Written by: Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel by Mario Puzo |
| Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola |
| MPAA Rating: R |
| Running Time: 200 |
| Date: 11/12/1974 |
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The Godfather Part II (1974)
I Know It Was You
By Jeffrey M. Anderson Many name The Godfather Part II as the greatest sequel ever made, and even superior to its predecessor. It uses the ingenious device of showing Michael (Pacino) in his first days as head of the Corleone Family, juxtaposed with flashbacks of his father Vito (Robert De Niro) at about the same age, also just getting started.
This film has an even broader scope than the original, but does not fail in its depiction of small, intimate moments and surprising emotional reveals.
De Niro won an Oscar in the Supporting Actor category, competing against his co-stars Lee Strasberg and Michael V. Gazzo. The film had 11 nominations altogether, and won six, including Best Picture and Best Director.