Film and TV

Cue the Confetti: Movies' 12 Greatest New Year's Eve Scenes

Should auld acquaintance be forgot - or if you forgot to make plans for the evening -- don't forget that there are lots of cinema New Year's Eve scenes worth celebrating. Pop a cork and ring in the New Year and lots of yesteryears with these flicks. (Hey, it's more fun than watching poor old Dick Clark to croak out a greeting at midnight on TV's Rockin' Eve. Really, Seacrest, it's just getting cruel.)

1. The Godfather Part II (1974). This prequel-cum-sequel finds favored Corleone son Michael (Al Pacino) expanding the family business to Vegas, Hollywood and Havana in the 1950s. Discovering the source of a murder plot against him, Michael takes brother Fredo (the late, great John Cazale) out with mobster cronies for a night of partying in the Cuban capital. At midnight, in the middle of a lavish New Year's Eve ball, Michael confronts his younger brother. "I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart," he says. One kiss of death later, Fredo flees for his life. The brothers reunite briefly years later at their mother's funeral. But when Michael sends Fredo fishing with a bodyguard, the latter is soon sleeping with them. The New Year's Eve scene in Cuba is one of the first indications that Michael will be the coldest Corleone of them all.

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