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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: 12/11/1974

The Godfather Part II (1974)

4 Stars (out of 4)

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. One of the greatest scenes takes place at New Year's Eve, when Michael kisses his disloyal brother Fredo (John Cazale) at midnight, holds his face in his hands, and says his immortal line, "I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!" 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.

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