The story of the Godfather, portrayed as a young man by Robert De Niro, begins in the Sicilian village of Corleone in 1901 when as a small boy he flees from Don Giuseppe Sillato, who murdered his family. His rise to power in New York, following his first murder-that of Sillatto, is intercut with the story of De Niro's family beginning in 1958. Living in Lake Tahoe, Al Pacino controls his father's business, aided by lawyer Robert Duvall in dealing with corrupt Sen. G.D. Spradlin, Miami kingpin Lee Strasberg, longtime associate Michael V. Gazzo and the family. Sister Talia Shire weds Troy Donahue against Pacino's wishes, John Cazale unwittingly betrays his brother to Strasberg, and wife Diane Keaton destroys her marriage by admitting she had an abortion rather than raise another son in an atmosphere of crime. After a crime investigating committee fails to indict Pacino, he has Strasberg, Cazale and Gazzo, who was set to testify against him, eliminated.
Tie in with the soundtrack album, featuring Nino Rota's music, on ABC Records. Mention the various locales and the fact that every actor from the original film repeats his role or is replaced with a close facsimile.
The Godfather had one rule-the family above everything else. FLASHBACK: December 23, 1974
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THE GODFATHER, PART II
Paramount 200 mins.