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Godfather, The - Part 2 (2 Disc)

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Godfather, The - Part 2 (2 Disc)


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NOTE: Contains violence.

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"Truly brilliant 'Best Picture' Oscar winner"
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Quite different to Godfather, and arguably even more brilliant – although I think both movies are among the best ever made, so that's splittin­g hairs.

Won the Best Picture Oscar and Robert DeNiro also won for Best Supporting Actor as Vito Corleone, the only time that two actors have won Academy Awards for the same role (Marlon Brando won a Best Actor playing Don Vito in The Godfather).

DeNiro is undeniably flawless as the Italian speaking young Vito Corleone, but it's Pacino's per­formance as Michael that's the key for me with these movies.

Unlike more recent acting roles he never overplays it, and moves convincingly from likeable war hero at the beginning of The Godfather to a bleak, powerful and merciless Don by the end of Godfather 2.

The pain and vulnerability shown only accentuate his growing power and control, chillingly and subtly portrayed by Pacino – in probably his best ever performance. You understand Michael and how he has become what he is.

The story takes place in two time periods – the 1950s as Michael runs the Corleone family operations, expands his power and struggles to keep his family together; and 1901–1925, showing Vito Corleone arriving in America and his subsequent rise to power within the underworld of organized crime.

These run concurrently with each other, providing a comparison between father and son. Although Michael appears to be in some ways more powerful than his father, ultimately he is weaker – and we see him destroying the family Vito created at the same time as we watch it's creation and growth via the flashbacks to Vito's story.

Brilliant storytelling, some of the best acting you'll ever see (including Robert Duvall, John Cazale & Lee Strasberg in strong supporting roles), and top notch cinematography.

Just see it. And Godfather 1.


Upon its release The Godfather: Part II was hailed as the best sequel to a movie ever made, however this film is much more than that.

Coppolla utilised a quite brilliant screenplay and turned it into a visually captivating treat, as well as using his directorial skills to make the audience view the rise and demise of the ill-fated Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) as first-person participants, with masterful skill.

Add to this an astounding performance by Pacino and an Oscar-winning portrayal of Vito Corleone by Robert De Niro and you quite simply have the quintessential mob movie.

Winner of 6 Academy Awards.

Best Picture Oscar Winner 1974.
Release date NZ
November 23rd, 2004
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
  • Standard Edition
  • Drama
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