The Godfather Part II script
Synopsis: The compelling sequel to "The Godfather," contrasting the life of Corleone father and son. Traces the problems of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in 1958 and that of a young immigrant Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) in 1917's Hell's Kitchen. Michael survives many misfortunes and Vito is introduced to a life of crime.

THE GODFATHER:

Part Two

Screenplay by

Mario Puzo

and

Francis Ford Coppola

SECOND DRAFT:

September 24, 1973

FADE IN:

The Paramount Pictures logo is presented over a simple black

background, as a single trumpet plays the familiar theme of

a waltz. White lettering fades in:

Mario Puzo's THE GODFATHER

There is a pause, as the trumpet concludes, and there is the

additional title: - Part Two -

INT. DON CORLEONE'S OLD OFFICE - CLOSE VIEW ON MICHAEL

CORLEONE - DAY

standing impassively, like a young Prince, recently crowned

King.

CLOSE VIEW ON Michael's hand. ROCCO LAMPONE kisses his hand.

Then it is taken away. We can SEE only the empty desk and

chair of Michael's father, Vito Corleone. We HEAR, over

this, very faintly a funeral dirge played in the distance,

as THE VIEW MOVES SLOWLY CLOSER to the empty desk and chair.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. A SICILIAN LANDSCAPE - FULL VIEW - DAY

We can barely make out the funeral procession passing over

the burnt-brown of a dry river bed. The figures move

slowly, seemingly from out of hundreds of years of the past.

The MUSICIANS walking unsteadily on the rocky bed, their

instruments harsh and blaring.

They are followed by six young peasant men, carrying the

crude wooden coffin on their shoulders. Then the widow, a

strong large woman, dressed in black, and not accepting the

arms of those walking with her.

Behind her, not more than twenty relatives, few children and

paisani continue alone behind the coffin.

Suddenly, we HEAR the shots of the lupara, and the musicians

stop their playing. The entire procession scatters in odd

directions along the rocky river bed.

The young men struggle with the burden of the heavy coffin,

throwing it out of balance and nearly crashing to the ground.

We hear a woman SCREAMING:

WOMAN:

(Sicilian)

They've killed young Paolo! They've

killed the boy Paolo!

EXT. SICILIAN LANDSCAPE - MED. VIEW - DAY

across the slain body of a fourteen year old boy, lying on

the parched ground. In the distance we see four or five of

the mourning women, the wind blowing their black dresses and

veils, running up to the body of the boy. They begin to

wail, and cry out in anguished Sicilian, as the widow, the

mother of the murdered boy, holds her child in her arms, his

fresh blood wetting her strong hands.

EXT. BARONIAL ESTATE - TIGHT MOVING VIEW - DAY

A boy, eight or nine, with wide, frightened eyes, being

pulled quickly by the hand. This is VITO ANDOLINI, who is

to become The Godfather.

The VIEW ALTERS revealing that he is being pulled along by

his Mother, the Widow, across a field leading to the

ornamental gates of a Baronial Estate of some forgotten Noble.

At various positions near the gates are men with shotguns,

or lupara. The gates are opened; and the Widow and her boy

are shown before DON FRANCESCO, a man in his sixties. He

wears his trousers with suspenders, and an open white shirt

sloppily tucked in over his enormous belly. He wears a hat

to protect him from the white-hot sun, and proudly displays

a gold watch and chain over his vest.

He sits in a chair, near a group of his men in the garden,

listening to the Widow, who stands before him with her only

son.

WIDOW:

(Sicilian)

Don Francesco. You murdered my

husband, because he would not bend.

And his oldest son Paolo, because

he swore revenge. But Vitone is

only nine, and dumb-witted. He

never speaks.

DON FRANCESCO:

(Sicilian)

I'm not afraid of his words.

WIDOW:

(Sicilian)

He is weak.

DON FRANCESCO:

(Sicilian)

He will grow strong.

WIDOW:

(Sicilian)

The child cannot harm you.

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Mario Puzo

Mario Gianluigi Puzo (October 15, 1920 – July 2, 1999) was an American author, screenwriter and journalist. He is known for his crime novels about the Mafia, most notably The Godfather (1969), which he later co-adapted into a three-part film saga directed by Francis Ford Coppola. He received the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the first film in 1972 and Part II in 1974. Puzo also wrote the original screenplay for the 1978 Superman film. His last novel, The Family, was released posthumously in 2001. more…

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