I know it was you Fredo, you broke my heart
Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) is now in command of the Corleone family and heading it towards respectability. While doing this he extends his criminal activities, ruthlessly rooting out all opostion to take control of the gambling industry in Nevada and Cuba. As he fends off rival gangsters and the inquisive law he loses touch with his wife Kay (Diane Keaton) and family, ordering to murder his brother in law and his own brother Fredo (John Cazale).
His shadowy, increasingly lonely existence is contrasted in flashback with the color and energy of his father´s (Robert de Niro) early career in New Yorks Little Italy. Vito Corleone works in a grocery store and sees how the neighborhood he lives in is prey to the delight of Don Fanucci (Gastone Moschin). Vito along with a young Peter Clemenza (Bruno Kirby) and Sal Tessio (John Aprea), slowly begin claiming neighborhood territory for themselves.
Within 19 days it will be James Caan`s 75th birthday. (March 26, 1939)
Within 29 days it would have been Michael V. Gazzo`s (Frank Pentengali) 91th birthday.
* April 5, 1923
† February 14, 1995
This week 36 years ago John Cazale (Fredo Corleone) died (aged 43)
March 12, 1978
Release date: December 12, 1974
The film was shot in: New York city, Long island, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Nevada, Italy, Sicily, California, Connecticut, Florida, Dominican republic
Best Director -> Francis Ford Coppola:
Best Screenplay Adaptation -> Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo:
Best Supporting Actor -> Robert de Niro:
Best Original Music Score -> Carmine Coppola:
Best Art Direction/Set Decoration
The Godfather II was the first American film that did not have a special title for the sequell. Source / More (Book)
The Coppola family:
Father Carmine composed a part of the score
Sister Talia Shire played the daughter of the don
Daughter Sofia Coppola was the three year old daughter of Michael Corleone
Son Roman Coppola played the role of the young Sonny Corleone
Paramount wanted Brando to reappear as Vito Corleone´s younger self, but he wanted far to much money.
Al Pacino was paid only $40,000 for his role in The Godfather. He was offered twenty times that salary for part II
Lee Strasberg played Hyman Roth after a specific request from Al Pacino. He was unwilling at first, but agreed to do it after a meeting with Carmine Coppola.
Originally it was to be Clemenza who agrees to testify against the Corleones. However, Richard Castellano (who was the highest paid actor in The Godfather) wanted to write his own lines and wanted a large salary increase. Consequently he was replaced by Michael V. Gazzo).
Marlon Brando and Robert de Niro are the only two actors to date, to win an Academy award for playing the same character.
The flashback sequences with Young Vito were part of Mario Puzo’s original Godfather novel, but not used for the first film.
Both The Godfather and The Godfather Part II have been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry
The town Corleone became famous for its Mafia, being the town in which some familiar clans had their basis and are named Clan dei Corleonesi. One of the known mafiosi is Toto Riina.
This week 41 years ago The Godfather premiered (March 15, 1973)
April 25, 1940
Alfredo was raised in New York (USA) by his mother and grandparents from age two. He dropped out of school at 17 and spent several years drifting from job to job. In 1966 Al was admitted to Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio. Making appearances in various plays, Pacino finally won an Obie award for “The Indian Wants the Bronx”.
The part of Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972) changed his life. Instead of taking on easier projects for money, Pacino made films such as the true life crime drama Serpico(1973) and the tragic bank robbery film Dog Day Afternoon (1975).
In 1985 a monumental mistake, Revolution, kept him out of movies for the next four years. Despite his success in films Pacino considers himself first and foremost a stage actor, he remains commited to the theatre.
1993 Won Oscar Best Actor for: Scent of a Woman (1992)
1993 Nominated Supporting Role for: Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
1991 Nominated Supporting Role for: Dick Tracy (1990)
1980 Nominated Leading Role for: ...And Justice for All (1979)
1976 Nominated Leading Role for: Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
1975 Nominated Leading Role for: The Godfather: Part II (1974)
1974 Nominated Leading Role for: Serpico (1973)
1973 Nominated Supporting Role for: The Godfather (1972)