Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The Godfather: Part II
The Godfather Part II (Coppola Restoration) [Blu-ray]
The Godfather: Part II is a 1974 American gangster film directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a script co-written with Mario Puzo. The film is both a sequel and a prequel to The Godfather, chronicling the story of the Corleone family following the events of the first film while also depicting the rise to power of the young Vito Corleone. The film stars Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Talia Shire, John Cazale, Michael V. Gazzo and Lee Strasberg.
The Godfather: Part II was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won six, including Best Picture, Best Director for Coppola and Best Supporting Actor for Robert De Niro, and has been selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry.
Al Pacino as Michael Corleone
Robert Duvall as Tom Hagen
Diane Keaton as Kay Adams-Corleone
Robert De Niro as Young Vito Corleone
John Cazale as Fredo Corleone
Talia Shire as Connie Corleone
Lee Strasberg as Hyman Roth
Michael V. Gazzo as Frank Pentangeli
Morgana King as Carmela Corleone
G. D. Spradlin as Senator Pat Geary
Richard Bright as Al Neri
Marianna Hill as Deanna Corleone
Gastone Moschin as Don Fanucci
Troy Donahue as Merle Johnson
Dominic Chianese as Johnny Ola
Amerigo Tot as Michael's bodyguard
Joe Spinell as Willi Cicci
Bruno Kirby as Young Peter Clemenza
Frank Sivero as Young Genco Abbandando
Giuseppe Sillato as Don Francesco Ciccio
Roman Coppola as Young Santino Corleone
John Megna as Young Hyman Roth
Julian Voloshin as Sam Roth
Larry Guardino as Vito's uncle
Danny Aiello as Tony Rosato
John Aprea as Young Salvatore Tessio
Leopoldo Trieste as Signor Roberto
Salvatore Poe as Vincenzo Pentangeli
Al Martino as Johnny Fontane
Harry Dean Stanton as FBI agent
James Caan as Sonny Corleone (cameo)
Abe Vigoda as Salvatore Tessio (cameo)
Gianni Russo as Carlo Rizzi (cameo)
James Caan agreed to reprise the role of Sonny in the birthday flashback sequence demanding he be paid the same amount he received for the entire previous film for the single scene in Part II, which he received.
Marlon Brando initially agreed to return for the birthday flashback sequence, but the actor, feeling mistreated by the board at Paramount, failed to show up for the single day's shooting; Coppola rewrote the scene that same day.
Richard Castellano, who portrayed Peter Clemenza in the first film, also declined to return, as he and the producers could not reach an agreement on his demands that he be allowed to write the character's dialogue in the film. Clemenza's role was subsequently filled by Frank Pentangeli.
Troy Donahue, in a small role as Connie's boyfriend, plays a character named Merle Johnson, which was his birth name.
Two actors who appear in the film played different character roles in other Godfather films; Carmine Caridi, who plays Carmine Rosato, also went on to play crime boss Albert Volpe in The Godfather Part III, and Frank Sivero, who plays a young Genco Abbandando, appears as a bystander in The Godfather scene in which Sonny beats up Carlo for abusing Connie.
Among the Senators in the hearing committee are film producer/director Roger Corman, writer/producer William Bowers, producer Phil Feldman, and science-fiction writer Richard Matheson.