Embedded with fierce action and fiery emotion, this masterfully crafted gangster story presents two parallel storylines. One involves Mafia chief Michael Corleone in 1958/1959 after the events of the first movie; the other is a series of flashbacks following his father, Vito Corleone from 1917 to 1925, from his youth in Sicily (1901) to the founding of the Corleone family in New York.
The parallel narrative weaves back and forth between the experiences that moulded the father, Vito into successfully establishing the Corleone crime family, while growing up in Sicily and in 1910s New York; and the attempts of his son, Michael Corleone in the 1950s, to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.
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Originally it was to be Clemenza who agrees to testify against the Corleones. According to Coppola, Richard S. Castellano (who was the highest paid actor in The Godfather (1972)) wanted to write his own lines and wanted a large salary increase. Consequently his character was replaced by Frankie Pentangeli (Michael V. Gazzo) who received an Oscar nomination for the performance. But according to Ardell Sheridan, Castellano refused to regain the 50 pounds required to for the role due to health reasons so Coppola decided to replace him rather than have a thinner Clemenza. Read More