The Godfather Part II

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The Godfather: Part II is a 1974 film that portrays the early life & career of Vito Corleone, while his son Michael expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate in the 1950's.

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo.


Michael Corleone

  • I don't feel I have to wipe everybody out, Tom. Just my enemies.
  • [kisses Fredo] I know it was you Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!
  • There are many things my father taught me here in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.
    • Note: the bolded portion is ranked #58 in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema. That portion has often been attributed to Sun Tzu and sometimes to Niccolò Machiavelli, but there are no published sources yet found which predate its use in this film. There is, however,an Italian proverb that follows closely: "Dai nemici mi guardo io dagli amici mi guardi iddio!" – I can protect myself from my enemies, may God protect me from my friends.
  • I'll change; I'll change. I've learned that I have the strength to change.
  • If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it's that you can kill anyone.
  • Fredo, you're nothing to me now. You're not a brother, you're not a friend. I don't want to know you or what you do. I don't want to see you at the hotels, I don't want you near my house. When you see our mother, I want to know a day in advance, so I won't be there. You understand?
  • My offer is this: nothing. Not even the money for the gaming license, which I would appreciate if you would put up personally.
  • He was stupid. I was lucky. I'll visit him soon.
  • [referring to Fredo] I don't want anything to happen to him while our mother is still alive.
  • [Kay is threatening to take the children away] Don't you know that I would use all of my power to prevent something like that from happening?
  • [referring to Hyman Roth] He's been dying from the same heart attack for the last twenty years.

Fredo Corleone

  • Ah, seeing you reminds me of New York, the old days, huh!
  • I didn't know it was gonna be a hit, Mike. I swear to God I didn't know it was going to be a hit. Johnny Ola bumped into me in Beverly Hills, and he said that he wanted to talk -- he said that you and -- and -- Roth were in on a -- a -- big deal together. And that there was something in it for me if I'd help 'em out. He said that -- he said that -- you were bein' tough on the negotiations. But if they could get a little help -- and close the deal fast -- it'd be good for the family.
  • "Taken care of me!" You're my kid brother and you take care of me! Did you ever think about that, did you ever once think about that? Send Fredo off to do this, send Fredo off to do that! Let Fredo to take care of some Mickey Mouse night club somewhere! Send Fredo to pick somebody up at the airport! I'm your older brother, Mike, and I was stepped over!
  • You know when I was your age, I went out to fishing with all my brothers and my father, and everybody. And I was, I was the only one who caught a fish. Nobody else could catch one except me. You know how I did it? Every time I put the line in the water I said a Hail Mary and every time I said a Hail Mary I caught a fish. You believe that? It's true, that's the secret. You wanna try it when we go out on the lake?
  • Oh, shit. Okay kid you got to go to Reno with your Pop. Come on, Anthony, I'll take you fishing again tomorrow.

Hyman Roth

  • There was this kid I grew up with - he was younger than me. Sorta looked up to me - you know. We did our first work together - worked our way out of the street. Things were good, we made the most of it. During Prohibition - we ran molasses into Canada - made a fortune - your father, too. As much as anyone, I loved him - and trusted him. Later on he had an idea - to build a city out of a desert stop-over for GI's on the way to the West Coast. That kid's name was Moe Green - and the city he invented was Las Vegas. This was a great man - a man of vision and guts. And there isn't even a plaque - or a signpost - or a statue of him in that town! Someone put a bullet through his eye. No one knows who gave the order - when I heard it, I wasn't angry; I knew Moe - I knew he was head-strong, talking loud, saying stupid things. So when he turned up dead - I let it go. And I said to myself, this is the business we've chosen - I didn't ask who gave the order - because it had nothing to do with business!
  • If I could only live to see it, to be there with you. What I wouldn't give for twenty more years! Here we are, protected, free to make our profits without Kefauver, the goddamn Justice Department and the F.B.I. ninety miles away, in partnership with a friendly government. Ninety miles! It's nothing! Just one small step, looking for a man who wants to be President of the United States, and having the cash to make it possible. Michael, we're bigger than U.S. Steel.
  • What I am saying is, we have now what we have always needed, real partnership with the government.
  • Stupid thugs. People behaving like that with guns.
  • I'm going to take a nap. When I wake up, if the money is on the table, I'll know I have a partner. If it isn't, I'll know I don't.
  • Good health is the most important thing. More than success, more than money, more than power.
  • I want you all to enjoy your cake, so...enjoy.
  • I loved baseball ever since Arnold Rothstein fixed the World Series in 1919.
  • I'd give four million just to be able to take a piss without it hurting.
  • I don't trust a doctor who can't speak English.
  • [When asked by reporters why he has decided to move to Israel] I am a retired investor living on a pension, and I wished to live there as a Jew in the twilight of my life.

Others

  • Signora Andolini: [to Don Ciccio, who is threatening to kill young Vito] But Vito is only nine. And dumb-witted. The child cannot harm you.
  • Don Fanucci: [while watching a "Punch and Judy" puppet show] Oh, this is too violent for me!
  • Don Fanucci: [to Vito Corleone] Young man, I hear you and your friends are stealing goods. But you don't even send a dress to my house. No respect! You know I've got three daughters. This is my neighborhood. You and your friends should show me some respect. You should let me wet my beak a little. I hear you and your friends cleared $600 each. Give me $200 each, for your own protection. And I'll forget the insult. You young punks have to learn to respect a man like me! Otherwise the cops will come to your house. And your family will be ruined. Of course, if I'm wrong about how much you stole, I'll take a little less. And by less, I only mean - a hundred bucks less. Now don't refuse me. Understand, paisan? Understand, paisan?... Tell your friends I don't want a lot. Just enough to wet my beak. Don't be afraid to tell them!
  • Vito Corleone: I'll make him an offer he can't refuse.
  • Fredo Corleone: Every time I put my line in the water I said a Hail Mary, and every time I said a Hail Mary I caught a fish.
  • Frank Pentangeli: Those were the great old days, you know... And we was like the Roman Empire... The Corleone family was like the Roman Empire...
  • Frank Pentangeli: I don't - I never knew no godfather. I got my own family, senator.
  • Johnny Ola: Hyman Roth always makes money for his partners. One by one, our old friends are gone. Death, natural or not, prison, deported. Hyman Roth is the only one left, because he always made money for his partners.
  • Santino: [in a flashback] Whatcha go to college for? To get stupid?
  • Tom Hagen: Why do you hurt me, Michael? I've always been loyal to you.
  • Connie: Michael, I hated you for so many years. I think that I did things to myself, to hurt myself so that you'd know - that I could hurt you. You were just being strong for all of us the way Papa was. And I forgive you. Can't you forgive Fredo? He's so sweet and helpless without you. You need me, Michael. I want to take care of you now.

Dialogue

Kay: It made me think of what you once told me: "In five years the Corleone family will be completely legitimate." That was seven years ago.
Michael: I know. I'm trying.

Senator Pat Geary: [as they're watching the performer at the sex club] Freddie, that thing can't be real.
Fredo Corleone: Sure it is. That's why they call him Superman.

Genco Abbandando: Vito, how do you like my little angel? Isn't she beautiful?
Vito Corleone: She's very beautiful. To you, she's beautiful. For me, there's only my wife and son.

Kay: Oh, Michael. Michael, you are blind. It wasn't a miscarriage. It was an abortion. An abortion, Michael. Just like our marriage is an abortion. Something that's unholy and evil. I didn't want your son, Michael! I wouldn't bring another one of you sons into this world! It was an abortion, Michael! It was a son Michael! A son! And I had it killed because this must all end! I know now that it's over. I knew it then. There would be no way, Michael... no way you could ever forgive me, not with this Sicilian thing that's been going on for 2,000 years.
Michael: BITCH!
[Michael loses control. He slaps Kay across the face. She falls onto the couch]
Michael: You won't take my children!
Kay: I will.
Michael: You WON'T TAKE MY CHILDREN!
Kay: They're my children too.

Al Neri: Our friend and associate Hyman Roth is in the news. The High Court of Israel turned down his request to live there as a returning Jew. He landed in Buenos Aires last night offering a "gift" of a million dollars if they'd let him stay. They said no. His passport's been invalidated, except for a return trip to the States.
Tom Hagen: He's going to try Panama next.
Michael: Panama won't take him. Not for a million, not for ten million.

Michael: [about the unrest in Cuba] We saw a strange thing on our way here. Some rebels were being arrested, and instead of being arrested, one of them pulled the pin on a grenade he had hidden in his jacket. He took himself and the captain of the command with him. Now, the soldiers are paid to fight; the rebels aren't.
Hyman Roth: What does that tell you?
Michael: They can win.

Fredo Corleone: I'm your older brother, Mike, and I was stepped over!
Michael: That's the way Pop wanted it.
Fredo Corleone: It ain't the way I wanted it! I can handle things! I'm smart! Not like everybody says... like dumb... I'm smart and I want respect!

Senator Pat Geary: I despise the dishonest way you pose yourself...yourself and your whole fucking family.
Michael: Senator, we're both part of the same hypocrisy. But never think it applies to my family.

[Vito returns years later to Sicily and meets Don Francesco Ciccio, the man who murdered Vito's family]
Don Francesco Ciccio: I see you took the name of this town. What was your father's name?
Vito Corleone: My father's name was Antonio Andolini.
Don Francesco Ciccio: You'll have to speak up. I can't hear you.
Vito Corleone: His name was Antonio Andolini... and this is for you.
[Vito opens up Ciccio's belly with a knife]

Michael: You heard what happened in my home?
Frank Pentangeli: Mike, I almost died myself. We was all so relieved.
Michael: In my home! [shouting] In my bedroom where my wife sleeps! Where my children come and play with their toys. In my home.

Senator Pat Geary: Mr. Cicci, would you care to amplify your answer?
Willie Cicci: Would I what?
Senator Pat Geary: Would you expand on your response? I'm interested to know, was there always a buffer involved?
Willie Cicci: A what?
Senator Pat Geary: A buffer. Someone in between you and your possible superiors who passed on to you the actual order to kill someone.
Willie Cicci: Oh yeah, a buffer. The family had a lot of buffers!

Tom Hagen: When a plot against the Emperor failed... the plotters were always given a chance to let their families keep their fortunes. Right?
Frank Pentangeli: Yeah, but only the rich guys, Tom. The little guys got knocked off and all their estates went to the Emperors. Unless they went home and killed themselves, then nothing happened. And the families... the families were taken care of.
Tom Hagen: That was a good break. A nice deal.
Frank Pentangeli: Yeah... They went home... and sat in a hot bath... opened up their veins... and bled to death... and sometimes they had a little party before they did it.

Michael: C'mon Frankie... my father did business with Hyman Roth, he respected Hyman Roth.
Frank Pentangeli: Your father did business with Hyman Roth, he respected Hyman Roth... but he never trusted Hyman Roth!

Carmine Rosato: We're all very happy about your decision, Frankie. You're not going to regret it!
Frank Pentangeli: I don't like this C-note, Rosato. I take that as an insult.
Tony Rosato: [wraps a garrote around Pentangeli's neck] Michael Corleone says "Hello"!

[discussing how to kill Hyman Roth]
Tom Hagen: It would be like trying to kill the President; there's no way we can get to him.
Michael Corleone: Tom, you know you surprise me. If anything in this life is certain - if history has taught us anything - it's that you can kill anyone.

Cast

See also

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