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Paramount Pictures will release a new edit and restoration of Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather Part III” in theaters in December, followed by a digital and DVD debut.

The film, which bowed in 1990, has been retitled “Mario Puzo’s The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone.” Paramount said Thursday that the new cut achieves the original vision that Coppola and screenwriter Mario Puzo had for the movie.

“The Godfather Part III” was released 16 years after “The Godfather Part II” and focused on the efforts by Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone to free his family from the crime business. Diane Keaton and Talia Shire reprised their roles, but Robert Duvall refused to return as Tom Hagen. The film was nominated for seven Oscars. Coppola cast his daughter Sofia Coppola as Mary Corleone — a performance that was widely panned by critics.

The pic is perhaps best remembered for Pacino’s reading of the line, “Just when I thought I was out … they PULL me back in.”

“‘Mario Puzo’s The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone’ is an acknowledgement of Mario’s and my preferred title and our original intentions for what became ‘The Godfather: Part III,’” Coppola said. “For this version of the finale, I created a new beginning and ending, and rearranged some scenes, shots, and music cues. With these changes and the restored footage and sound, to me, it is a more appropriate conclusion to ‘The Godfather’ and ‘The Godfather: Part II’ and I’m thankful to Jim Gianopulos and Paramount for allowing me to revisit it.”

Coppola and his production company American Zoetrope worked from a 4K scan of the original negative to undertake a frame-by-frame restoration of the new version and the original “The Godfather: Part III.”

“Mr. Coppola oversaw every aspect of the restoration while working on the new edit, ensuring that the film not only looks and sounds pristine, but also meets his personal standards and directorial vision,” said Andrea Kalas, senior vice president of Paramount Archives.



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I'll check this out I'm sure. Big fan of the trilogy but III just didn't get to where it should have. I doubt they'll make it worse.

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I hope this version won't be censored to appease the pc freaks.


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lobo316 wrote: I hope this version won't be censored to appease the pc freaks.


Jeez I hadn't even thought of that. The Catholic Church...the Italian Defamation league...lol
...at least when it was first released the only people offended were people that liked good acting having to watch Sofia Coppola.

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The movie had a pair of problems that went beyond Sofia Coppola, who was out of her league in a role that Winona Ryder was to have played before withdrawing from the project. It needed Robert Duvall as Tom Hagen and needed to far better explain the Vatican Bank scandal that was at the core of its intrigue.

In the case of Duvall, he was lowballed on salary compared to Al Pacino and Diane Keaton. He was insulted and decided to skip the whole thing, robbing the movie of a character whose relationship with Michael was especially important to the second film.

The Vatican Bank story was based on real life events and persons in the late 1970s and early 1980s who were connected to massive bank fraud that extended to the Vatican, the mafia, private banks, and an illegal masonic lodge that counted key figures of Italian government and finance among its members. The scandal was a much bigger deal in Italy and Europe than in North America. Despite that, Francis Ford Coppola seemed to expect moviegoers would understand what was happening when exposition was necessary to flesh it out. I think some of the discontent with The Godfather Part III is people didn't understand what was happening, why it was happening or who was perpetrating the conspiracy against Michael.

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I loved Godfather III...it wasn't as good as the first two but if it were released as just "Random Mafia movie" people would have loved it (except for Sofia's godawful acting)..



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Sofia Coppola's acting didn't bother me half as much as the convoluted Internationale Immobiliare storyline and the way unbelievable helicopter murdering everyone in the rooftop conference room.

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And surely one murder was an outright suicide mission?



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Married Jo wrote: I loved Godfather III...it wasn't as good as the first two but if it were released as just "Random Mafia movie" people would have loved it (except for Sofia's godawful acting)..
Agree 100% - but you and I are in the vast minority
I loved the character Mosca - he looked like he really enjoyed killing for a living. 

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nyhack56 wrote: Sofia Coppola's acting didn't bother me half as much as the convoluted Internationale Immobiliare storyline and the way unbelievable helicopter murdering everyone in the rooftop conference room.
International Immobiliare was based on Societa Generale Immobiliare which was a real life real estate holding company of which Vatican once was the largest shareholder. The Vatican eventually divested itself of most of its shareholding and this transaction got tied up in the Vatican Bank/Banco Abrosiano fraud scandal that was also a key part of the movie.

This scandal was a huge deal in Italy and elsewhere in Europe, complete with the corrupt banker Roberto Calvi being found hung from beneath a bridge in an apparent mob hit disguised as a suicide, just like in the film. The movie did such a poor job of explaining all of this that it took me multiple viewings and outside reading to make sense of it and even then, a lot must be inferred due to the lack of a clear explanation.

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It up for Pre Order on Amazon for $14.99. The Cut has about 20 Less mins than the 1990 Movie Must be selling well since it is #1 on Amazon's best seller list for Movies and TV. 

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I am interested to know how the new cut plays. I cannot see how shortening the movie will help because this will, presumably, have less room for explanation and exposition regarding the plot against Michael.

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So because of this thread I went and watched the "original" Part 3 today. I'm not sure why people shit on Sofia. She was no Bette Davis but she was certainly much better than say...Carmen Electra. To me, as usual with many of his films, Pacino stunk this one up. Overacting every single little scene. All in all, any movie with Vito Antuofermo in it is all right by me.



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Godfather III would be hailed as a fine film had it not been for I and II. They set impossible standards. III needed someone better than Sofia in it - and needed to cut the whole incest bit.

I'm surprised the bank scandals were not a big thing in the US, they were quite a deal here. Although that might be because Roberto Calvi was found dead under London Bridge and the official verdict of suicide was something the media shat all over pretty quickly. Especially given the Masonic elements of the murder.



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