The Godfather Part II (The Coppola Restoration)

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Released 1974

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Director:
Francis Ford Coppola
Released:
1974
Rating:
R
The Godfather Part II (The Coppola Restoration) is director Francis Ford Coppola's (Apocalypse Now, Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Conversation) epic continuation of his seminal gangster saga which swept awards and secured it position as arguably the greatest sequel ever made. Not just a brilliant sequel, but an astounding prequel as well, the film crosscuts between two parallel tales as it chronicles the ascension to power of young Vito Corleone (Robert DeNiro, Taxi Driver, Cape Fear, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Mean Streets, The Untouchable, Once Upon A Time in America) and, at the same time, the further adventures of current and prospering Don, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman, Sea of Love, Dick Tracy, The Insider, Heat). The film brings back Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall, Apocalypse Now, Deep Impact, Falling Down), brother Fredo (John Cazale, Dog Day Afternoon, The Deer Hunter), sister Connie (Talia Shire, Rocky), and girlfriend Kay (Diane Keaton, Annie Hall).

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  • 90

    Variety

    Al Pacino again is outstanding as Michael Corleone, successor to crime family leadership.

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Coppola is unable to draw all this together and make it work on the level of simple, absorbing narrative. The stunning text of "The Godfather" is replaced in Part II with prologues...

  • 40

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    The only remarkable thing about Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather, Part II is the insistent manner in which it recalls how much better his original film was...Even if Part II we...

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    Crime, Classics, original gangsters, exceptional art direction, period piece