The Godfather Part II (Blu-ray, SteelBook, Only @ Best Buy)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Released: September 7, 2014
- Originally Released: 1974
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region [unknown]
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, John Cazale, Robert Duvall, Dominic Chianese, Troy Donahue, G.D. Spradlin, Talia Shire, Lee Strasberg, Michael V. Gazzo, Bruno Kirby, Diane Keaton & Richard Bright|
|Directed by||Francis Ford Coppola|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
Academy Awards 1974 - Best Art Direction: Angelo Graham & Dean Tavoularis
Academy Awards 1974 - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration: George Robert Nelson
Academy Awards 1974 - Best Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Academy Awards 1974 - Best Original Score: Carmine Coppola & Nino Rota
Academy Awards 1974 - Best Picture: Not Applicable
Academy Awards 1974 - Best Screenplay Adapted from Other Material: Francis Ford Coppola & Mario Puzo
Academy Awards 1974 - Best Supporting Actor: Robert De Niro
The performances stand out here, with Al Pacino's Michael Corleone taking the reins of the crime family...
5 stars out of 5 -- Arguably better than the original, this is still an amazing film.
5 stars out of 5 -- [T]he contrast between De Niro’s meditative Vito and Pacino’s soul-starved eyes brings piercing focus to Coppola’s resonating study of corrupting power...
The musical score plays an even greater role in THE GODFATHER: PART II than it did in the original film. Nostalgic, mournful, evoking lost eras, it stirs emotions....
The sequel to THE GODFATHER tells the story of both a young Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro), newly arrived in America, and his son Michael (Al Pacino) 40 years later, running the family empire. On the streets of Hell's Kitchen in 1917 New York City, Vito is initiated into the ways of the local Cosa Nostra by his friend Clemenza (Bruno Kirby). After killing the local mafioso in a towel-wrapped gun, Vito becomes the new man to be respected and feared. Meanwhile, a dour Michael Corleone negotiates with business partner Hyman Roth (legendary Method-acting teacher Lee Strasberg in his first film role) in Cuba and testifies in front of a Washington Senate committee. Robert Duvall (Tom Hagen), Diane Keaton (Kay Corleone), Talia Shire (Connie Corleone), and John Cazale (Fredo Corleone), reprising their roles from THE GODFATHER, are outstanding as the people forced to watch the new godfather's moral destruction. De Niro, speaking in Italian, captures the mannerisms of Marlon Brando's Vito Corleone from the first film brilliantly. THE GODFATHER PART II is one of the only major sequels ever made that might just surpass the original.
Francis Ford Coppola's compelling sequel lives up to--and even eclipses--the brilliance of THE GODFATHER, contrasting the life of Corleone father and son. In parallel story lines the movie traces the problems of a matured Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in 1958 and that of young immigrant Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) in 1917's Hell's Kitchen. Vito is introduced to a life of crime by two-bit hood Clemenza (Bruno Kirby) while Michael survives an attempt on his life, familial betrayals, and Senate hearings...but at a cost. De Niro, speaking almost completely in Italian, is charismatic as the young Don, a Robin Hood-type figure.
Classic | Family Interaction | Organized Crime | Betrayal | Murder | All-Star | Epic | Recommended | Theatrical Release | Crime | Essential Cinema
- The film premiered on December 12, 1974.
- THE GODFATHER PART II is number 32 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.
- THE GODFATHER PART II was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1993.
- Francis Ford Coppola's mentor, Roger Corman, makes a brief appearance in the film at the head table at Michael Corleone's Senate hearings.
- Troy Donahue has a bit part as Connie's boyfriend, a character named Merle Johnson, Donahue's real name.
- "If history has taught us anything, it's that you can kill anyone."--Michael Corleone
- "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."--Michael Corleone
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