The Godfather: Part II
I don't feel I have to wipe everybody out, Tom. Just my enemies.Plot:
In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.
Cast & Crew
Robert De Niro
Michael V. Gazzo
G. D. Spradlin
Francesca De Sapio
Francis Ford Coppola
Angelo P. Graham
George R. Nelson
Fun Facts of Movie
- Robert De Niro spent four months learning to speak the Sicilian dialect of Italian in order to play Vito Corleone. Nearly all of the dialogue that his character speaks in the film was in Sicilian. To prepare for his role, Robert De Niro lived in Sicily for three months.
- When little Vito arrives at Ellis Island, he is marked with a circled X. Ellis Island immigrants were marked with this if the inspector believed the person had a mental/physical defect.
- Francis Ford Coppola had a horrible time directing The Godfather (1972) and asked to pick a different director for the sequel, while taking the title of producer for himself. He chose Martin Scorsese, who the film executives rejected. Thus, Coppola agreed to direct the film, with a few conditions.
- Francis Ford Coppola, having nearly been fired several times from the first film, was given a Mercedes-Benz limousine from Paramount Pictures as a reward for the record success of The Godfather (1972) and an incentive to direct a sequel. He agreed on several conditions, that the sequel be interconnected with the first film with the intention of later showing them together; that he be allowed to direct his own script of The Conversation (1974); that he be allowed to direct a production for the San Francisco Opera; and that he be allowed to write the screenplay for The Great Gatsby (1974), all prior to production of the sequel for a Christmas 1974 release.
- Though it claims to be based on the novel by Mario Puzo, only the scenes about the young Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) have any basis in the book. Only one chapter in the book is devoted to Vito’s youth and young adulthood. The story revolving around Michael (Al Pacino) and family in Las Vegas is entirely unique to the film.
- Originally, the actors in the flashback scenes wore pants with zippers. One of the musicians pointed out that the zipper had not been invented at that time, so some scenes had to be re-shot with button-fly trousers.
- Marlon Brando was scheduled to return for a cameo in the flashback at the end of the film but, because of the way Paramount Pictures treated him during The Godfather (1972), he did not show up for shooting on the day the scene was filmed. Francis Ford Coppola re-wrote the scene without Vito, and it was filmed the next day.
- In the scene in which young Vito negotiates with Signor Roberto on the street, a passerby interrupts to say hello to Vito. Carmelo Russo was an extra who was supposed to just walk by, but he improvised speaking to Vito. Francis Ford Coppola did not like that Russo interrupted the scene. But Robert De Niro liked that it showed how much people in the neighborhood respected Vito and he convinced Coppola to keep Russo’s line.
- James Caan asked that he be paid the same amount of money to play Santino ‘Sonny’ Corleone at the end of the film in the flashback as he was paid to do The Godfather (1972). He got his wish.
- This was the first sequel to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. The second, and as of 2022 the last, was The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). It is also the only film with a prequel storyline to be nominated for Best Picture.
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