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"The Godfather: Part II" (1974) is a drama starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Plot: The early life of a Mafia boss is contrasted with his son's efforts to expand the family business. Rated R. (Add picture)

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tamaliphi (0)
12/20/2008
John Cazale, Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton were never finer. What an outstanding film.

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statman100 (0)
04/04/2007
Greatest American Film ever made in my opinion.

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GenghisTheHun (183)
08/18/2006
After a dramatic success in the "Godfather," everyone hits another home run with this entry. That is rare in the history of the cinema.

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Robbo59 (13)
01/19/2006
Possibly the only time in Hollywood history that a film sequel measures up to (or, in some ways, surpasses) the original, Francis Ford Coppolla's "The Godfather Part II" (1974) will go down in history as one of the greatest films of all time. With his masteriece, "The Godfather" (1972)properly rewarded by audiences, cirtics, and the Academy, Coppolla set out, in very short order, to both provide a follow-up and a prequel that would do the original justice. To that end, he hit on all cylanders. Possibly the most difficult job for the director was to cast an actor capable of giving the same sort of understated, yet powerful performance that garnered a much-deserved (whether he wanted to accept it or not) Academy Award for Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone. He struck absolute gold with a young Robert DeNiro. Deniro, as young Vito, was so good, and so convincing that he was able to win the Best Supporting Actor Award while hardly uttering a word of his performance in English. THe tale begins in the present and through the use of flashbacks, allows the audience an in depth study into the makings of a family business and the lenths at which the heads of the family will go to both obtain and protect their power. AL Pacino leads returning original cast members (Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, John Cazale...) through the sequences that see the seventies version of the Corleone family dole out heavy doses of vengeance and retribution to all who have and continue to cross the line that interferes with the family's "business." All of the principals are again exquisite but I personally was held rivited by the flashback scenes featuring DeNiro as an honest, hard-working immigrant who learns, through his exposure to the reality of the streets, that he must take control of his situation if he is ever to realize his ambition. A fantastic picture from beginning to end and well worth endless repeat viewings. In an era that is less character based and more special effects driven, we owe it to ourselves the indulgence that these sort of classic films may give us. Novels come to life are far more engrossing than the sort of comic book characters that are feasted upon by the audiences of today.

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lefthandedprophet (2)
07/30/2005
one of the few sequels that surpass the original, the best mafia movie ever.

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irishgit (158)
12/06/2004
A marvellous movie, with an astonishing performance by De Niro, given that very few of his lines are in English. The rest of the cast is brilliant, as is the cinematography and direction. Together with the first, these are possibly the best pair of movies ever made. Don't expect much from the third, however.

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callitdowntheline75 (79)
07/22/2004
If the original is arguably the greatest film ever, 'The Godfather, Part II' is also definitely among the very best films ever put on the silver screen. Who can weave two stories together as well as Francis Ford Coppola? No one can. And if there is one thing that might make it stand out from the original film, it is the even greater acting on display. With respect to Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Lee Strasberg, and Michael Gazzo, I really don't think John Cazale as Fredo Corleone gets enough credit. Cazale gives the performance of a lifetime as the runt of a family of lions. The bottom line is that 'II' is every bit as ferocious and probably more cunning a film than the original. Standing by itself in moviedom, however, it sits Janus-faced in its historical importance, as generations of moviegoers are awed.

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jaa2x (0)
06/22/2004
Not as good as the original but still one of the best dramas (and sequals) ever.

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tvtator (6)
12/18/2003
The best of the Godfather movies. Al Pacino and John Cazale are outstanding.

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ClassicTVFan47 (38)
07/10/2003
The Godfather movies deserve nothing except to be destroyed and put out of their forsaken misery.

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angusmacpherson (0)
03/15/2003
In a Hollywood rarity, the sequel matches (if not surpasses) the original.

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callmetootie (5)
01/17/2003
Much better than the original. It is much more toned down, and takable. The performances are amazing, and I went wild for it.

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zuchinibut (47)
12/09/2002
Who doesnt want to be in the Mafia because of these movies? Callmetootie is no good.

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Patricia A Smithzer (0)
11/21/2002
I think every part to the godfather aregreat ones.

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Chaotician23 (0)
11/20/2002
Just as great as the first.

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sexystreif (0)
02/04/2002
as good as the first! just look for the reviews of the original, best sequal ever! watch the first and second

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cde1970 (0)
10/24/2001
THE only sequel to match its brother. Acting moves into the GODLIKE arena! DeNiro, Pacino, Duvall and Keaton prove they are the actors of their generation. Coppola proves he was the director with the midas touch during the 1970's.

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Lord of the Waves (0)
10/22/2001
Not as good as Part 1 but still a formidable piece of entertainment. It shows Vito Corleone's rise to power and his death. very dramatic. Desreves much more recognition.

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Flano (0)
09/25/2001
I'm one of the few people who prefered part1. I guess i just preferred the old fashioned mobsters.

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jorgen (0)
09/25/2001
The best mob-movie there is. all of the crew is excellent, but De Niro steals the show as young vito corleone. The scene that micheal sees his brother dying is one of the best there is.

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Isaac1 (0)
03/09/2001
Without Marlon Brando this movie could never be anywhere near as good as the original.

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Mike2 (0)
01/11/2001
This is good follow up to the first movie and I love it. I would like to see more movies.

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mdbavois (0)
01/09/2001
Superb acting. The references to Godfather I at the beginning are masterful and show how implanted the Mafia is in American life. Great scenes between Michael and Fredo. Killer montage sequence at the end(as usual).

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boywonder (0)
11/17/2000
Better than the first one. Not too many movies get better than the original, but this one does. It continues from the first movie, but it seems to have more violence, which makes it off the hook.

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Johnny Roulette (3)
10/30/2000
This sequel may have actually eclipsed the original.

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Vicky5 (0)
10/20/2000
The only sequel to outdue the original. The flashback scenes were so amazing (Signor Roberto trying to leave the office). The acting was perfect as well as the directing.

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Munson (8)
09/08/2000
An absolutely marvelous film and one of the few sequels which lived up to the original. The movie is divided into two parts and the action goes back and forth between the two. One part tells the story of a young Vito Corleone, wonderfully played by Robert DeNiro. The other part chronicles the rise in power of Michael Corleone, perfectly played by Al Pacino. If you've never seen this movie, do yourself a favor and rent Godfather and Godfather: PartII. It will be a well spent afternoon.

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xiao10282uk (0)
08/30/2000
The best movie ever made!!!

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lila9177om (0)
07/31/2000
One Of The Best Films Ever.

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Wtbyan (0)
12/07/1999
It was good - but only good.

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DKNI1580DU (0)
11/24/1999
It is rare for a sequel to be on par with its predecessor.

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