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The Godfather: Part IINovelist Mario Puzo's pulp melodramatics were given operatic grandeur in director Francis Ford Coppola's first Godfather, but the movie wasn't quite...The Godfather: Part IIDrama, Epic, Mystery and ThrillerPT200MRNovelist Mario Puzo's pulp melodramatics were given operatic grandeur in director Francis Ford Coppola's first Godfather, but the movie wasn't quite...1990-07-06John CazaleDominic ChianeseRobert DuvallDiane KeatonTalia ShireLee StrasbergJohn Cazale, Dominic Chianese, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Lee StrasbergParamount Pictures
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The Godfather: Part II

Genre: Drama, Epic, Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, John Cazale, Dominic Chianese, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Lee Strasberg; Director: Francis Ford Coppola; Author: Francis Ford Coppola; Producer (person): Robert Evans; Producer (group): The Coppola Company, Paramount Pictures; Runtime (in minutes): 200; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Novelist Mario Puzo’s pulp melodramatics were given operatic grandeur in director Francis Ford Coppola’s first Godfather, but the movie wasn’t quite the metaphorical epic that some critics claimed. That trick was pulled off in the follow-up, a haunting, fatalistic vision of the downside of the American Dream that plays like Verdi’s La Forza del Destino. Coppola later reedited the two films into a seamless chronological whole (for TV and video). But in terms of theatrical releases, The Godfather, Part II remains the champ. A+