The Godfather: Part II (1974)

The Godfather Part 2 follows the rise in power of Michael Corelone now he has taken his operations and the family interest to Las Vegas, Nevada; while a second timeline charts the early years of Don Vito Corleone as he is smuggled out of Sicily, arrives at Ellis Island - and rises in power with the help of his new partners Clemenza and Sal Tessio to become powerful enough in the neighbourhood to be considered 'The Godfather'.

Our Rating: 7/10 - Honestly, I don't reckon it's as good as Part 1
Watchability: 5/10 - Not enough action for me over the very long 200 minutes runtime
Contributed By: Jordan Taylor
Tagline: All the power on earth can't change destiny.

Release Date: 1974-12-20
IMDb icon 9/10
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English | Italian | Spanish | Latin | Sicilian
  • Runtime: 322
  • Budget: $13,000,000
  • Revenue: $57,300,000
  • Production: Paramount Pictures

So, how does the movie end??

The Two Timelines - First the easier Don Vito Corleone timeline:

So Vito becomes brave and stands up to the comedy mafia guy in the white suit. His friends give him their share of cash on his promise that he will get a better deal.  Vito follows the old guy through the streets during the fiesta to his apartment. He breaks in to a top floor window, hides a gun in a towel, and takes him out.

Vito, Clemenza and Sal Tessio get into the Olive oil business and do very well for themselves. Vito has a tough reputation now, and people start to ask him for favours.

While on a trip to Sicily, Vito visits the ranch of the man who killed his mother and father. The old man asks who his father was - Corleone tells him and before the old man can respond to the shock he cuts him open with a knife.

--Michael Corelone timeline:

Michael needs to get to Frank Pentangeli before he can testify, but he is kept under FBI protection at an army barracks.  On one of the final days of court, Michael brings Frank's brother with him into the courtroom. Frank is shaken by this - and tells the senators that it was all a lie, and he was coerced by the FBI into making a false statement.  The court is adjourned and Tom demands an apology for his client.

In the hotel room after the hearing, Kay tries to leave Michael again - who is repentent - and then incites his anger by telling him that she had their baby aborted. Michael flies into a fit of rage, and tells her that he is keeping the kids.

A little while later, old Mrs Corelone dies and the family gather to pay their respects. Connie begs Michael to forgive Fredo, which he does.  Tom visits Pentangeli at the barracks, and they talk about what will happen to Frank's family if he were to die and if they would be cared for - soon enough he is found dead in the bath having cut his wrists.

So now over to Hyman Roth. He arrives at an airport (back in the US?), finally allowed to enter a country after Israel kicked him out, to a barrage of press - when one of Michael's hitmen, disguised as a journalist, shoots and kills him - but is shot in the back as he makes an escape.

Fredo tries to teach Michael Jnr how to fish - but the boy is summoned to see his father. Reluctantly, Fredo gets into a boat with the hitman Al Neri and out in the lake, watched by Michael back in the house, Fredo is murdered.

It cuts back again to Vito's birthday later in life, when Michael has decided to join the Marines. Just for an opportunity to show Sonny one last time it seems as it has no real purpose.

The movie ends with Michael, alone, thinking about what his life has become.

Al Pacino
Al Pacino
Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
Tom Hagen
Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton
Robert De Niro
Robert De Nir...
Vito Corleone
John Cazale
John Cazale
Fredo Corleone
Talia Shire
Talia Shire
Connie Corleone
Lee Strasberg
Lee Strasberg
Hyman Roth
Michael V. Gazzo
Michael V. Ga...
Frankie Pentangeli
G.D. Spradlin
G.D. Spradlin
Senator Pat Geary
Richard Bright
Richard Brigh...
Al Neri
Gastone Moschin
Gastone Mosch...
Bruno Kirby
Bruno Kirby
Young Clemenza
Frank Sivero
Frank Sivero
Francesca De Sapio
Francesca De...
Young Mama Corleone
Our Comments:

Ok, so a lot of die-hard fans will disagree with our score for this one but here are our reasons:

1) The Godfather was only meant to be a one-off movie.  If it wasn't, then Vito and Sonny (the two strongest characters and the best performances) would not have died leaving it with no direction for Part 2, and the reason for the timelines.

2) Al Pacino is just not a threatening enough mafia boss. At least in Scarface he had that crazy accent and the scar.  He's a short guy and is no way as powerful in appearance as Marlon Brando - or James Caan.  It's hard to buy.

3) The comedy moments of the Black Hand mafia dude in the white suit (throughout, but especially when he jumps onto Vito's car) or anything that Fredo does, don't really fit in with the movie - and I think were not planned(!)

4) It needs more action. And the dialogue, especially in the old timelines, is so .... so .... so .... slow - probably because it's all in Italian so we need time to read it.


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