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The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-1980 (1992)

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The multigenerational saga of the rise and fall of the Corleone crime family.

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The first two Godfather films were re-edited together in chronological order with additional footage added.

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Don Michael Corleone (archive footage)
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Tom Hagen (archive footage)
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Kay Adams Corleone Michelson (archive footage)
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Connie Corleone Rizzi (archive footage)
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Don Vito Corleone (archive footage)
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Santino 'Sonny' Corleone (archive footage)
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Fredo Corleone (archive footage)
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Young Vito Corleone (archive footage)
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Vincent Mancini (archive footage)
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Peter Clemenza (archive footage)
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Hyman Roth (archive footage)
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Frankie Pentangeli (archive footage)
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Mary Corleone (archive footage)
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Al Neri (archive footage)
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Don Altobello (archive footage)
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This direct-to-video feature re-edits the three Godfather films into one cohesive package. The saga of the Corleone Family is told in chronological order, and numerous scenes that were deleted from each film have been restored. Written by Phil Fernando

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Trivia

Director Francis Ford Coppola agreed to reedit The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974) into one in order to raise money for his beleaguered production Apocalypse Now (1979). See more »

Goofs

As the Corleone's pack up to move to Las Vegas, there is a real estate sign outside the compound offering the property for commercial development. Later, Michael meets Frankie Pentangeli in his father's old (redecorated) house. See more »

Quotes

Don Vito Corleone: Never let anyone outside the family know what you're thinking.
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Version of The Godfather: A Novel for Television (1977) See more »

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Alongside Star Wars, this is the best saga in motion picture
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The first two episodes of The Godfather have already been critically acclaimed. There's not much of a point in adding to these praises. There have been so many negative critiques of Part III that a commentary in favor of the final episode is due.

Here it is. The last of the trilogy can be appreciated for its consistency with the first two, particularly with the film's loyalty to the recurring theme of the entire saga: family.

Once lineless and rendered obscure to the plot, Lucy Mancini (original actress and all) has returned to the saga after being left behind in Part I. And she has brought a not-so-little remnant of her affair with Santino Corleone with her. Recall the scene in Part I when Sonny leaves Lucy's apartment with his henchmen to pick up his sister. That was perhaps the very moment after which the last Don Corleone was conceived.

Another one of Santino's remnants has returned to the saga in Part III: his twins (Francesca and the other one). They are now grown and still identical, and still adorable too. Remember their line in Part II, Mommy, Daddy's fighting again!" and their inclusion in the Corleone family portrait taken at Connie's wedding.

Also returning are Al Neri, Calo (the Sicilian bodyguard), Tommassino, Johnny Fontaine (voice still intact), and Sofia Coppola even though she posed as Connie's baby in Part 1. Speaking of Sofia, she arouses a touching appreciation of the scene in Part II that shows little Mary Corleone running in a hotel hallway while her parents argue inside the room. And Anthony becomes a paradox to the boy in Part I who is ostensibly imminent to be the next Godfather.

As usual, the political intrigue makes the film exciting if you're paying attention. And the very title of Part III presents a double meaning: third episode, third Godfather. Andy Garcia is perfect for the part (remember him in The Untouchables). As they say in the mob, Vincent Corleone "wears it" when he is ordained Don Corleone, Neri and others acknowledging his throne in the proper fashion. The scene chills you with nostalgia and images of Bonasera kissing Vito's hand, and Clemenza and Rocco Lampone kissing Michael's.

To be honest, Part III is rude to newcomers to the Corleone family. It's presumptuous that viewers will appreciate what's occurring without realizing that this will be the first time many even see a Godfather flick. This is also why so many critics bashed Part III. They critique it as an individual feature instead of an integral episode to a classic saga. Okay, okay...

The shortcomings of Part III comprise the main reason why the Trilogy version must be viewed to appreciate the Godfather saga. Like Phantom Menace, The Godfather Part III is empty without the rest of the story (even though Menace can stand alone better). Yet, like Star Wars, The Godfather is a classic of classics in literature, performance, and cinema: the best in motion picture history.


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