The Godfather: Part II

Year: 1974
Studio: Paramount
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Writer: Mario Puzo/Francis Ford Coppola
Cast: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Harry Dean Stanton, Danny Aiello, James Caan, Sofia Coppola
Part of the only two films - original and sequel - to both win the Best Picture Academy Award, and deservedly so.

A sweeping, epic tale of the Corelone crime family's rise to conquest to power in the US, told from two very different perspectives. It follows the rise of Vito Corleone (Niro, in the role Marlon Brando played in the original) from a little boy in Sicily to his taking over the New York syndicate, and his son Michael (Pacino), who takes over the family business after his father's death and reaches heights Vito didn't know even existed - forging deals all over the world and even with former enemies to extend his power and riches, and all in the name of business.

There isn't a lot of philosophy and what you see if pretty much what you get - all three hours of it. Portrayed in such an objective style its almost a documentary, and you can't really describe it any better by saying it's a brilliant story brilliantly told.

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