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The Godfather Saga 

The Godfather: A Novel for Television (original title)
The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974) were re-edited together in chronological order with additional footage added.
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Series cast summary:
Marlon Brando ...  Don Vito Corleone 4 episodes, 1977
Al Pacino ...  Don Michael Corleone 4 episodes, 1977
Robert Duvall ...  Tom Hagen 4 episodes, 1977
James Caan ...  Sonny Corleone 4 episodes, 1977
Richard S. Castellano ...  Peter Clemenza 4 episodes, 1977
Diane Keaton ...  Kay Adams Corleone 4 episodes, 1977
Robert De Niro ...  Young Vito Corleone 4 episodes, 1977
Talia Shire ...  Connie Corleone Rizzi 4 episodes, 1977
Sterling Hayden ...  Capt. McCluskey 4 episodes, 1977
John Marley ...  Jack Woltz 4 episodes, 1977
Richard Conte ...  Don Emilio Barzini 4 episodes, 1977
Lee Strasberg ...  Hyman Roth 4 episodes, 1977
John Cazale ...  Fredo Corleone 4 episodes, 1977
Morgana King ...  Mama Corleone 4 episodes, 1977
Tere Livrano Tere Livrano ...  Theresa Hagen 4 episodes, 1977
Tom Rosqui Tom Rosqui ...  Rocco Lampone 3 episodes, 1977
Al Martino ...  Johnny Fontane 3 episodes, 1977
Julie Gregg ...  Sandra Corleone 3 episodes, 1977
Joe Spinell ...  Willie Cicci 3 episodes, 1977
Richard Bright ...  Al Neri 2 episodes, 1977
Michael V. Gazzo ...  Frankie Pentangeli 2 episodes, 1977
Marianna Hill ...  Deanna Corleone 2 episodes, 1977
Troy Donahue ...  Merle Johnson 2 episodes, 1977
Angelo Infanti Angelo Infanti ...  Fabrizio 2 episodes, 1977
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The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974) were re-edited together in chronological order with additional footage added.

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The Godfather - as you've never seen it!

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English

Release Date:

12 November 1977 (USA) See more »

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The Godfather 1902-1959: The Complete Epic See more »

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Trivia

Director Francis Ford Coppola agreed to re-edit 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 »

Alternate Versions

A 1981 video release was titled The Godfather 1902-1959: The Complete Epic (in Japan it was titled The Godfather 1901-1959: The Epic). This version reportedly contains less additional scenes. In 1992, The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-1980 was released. It features "The Godfather Saga" and The Godfather: Part III edited in chronological order with even more additional scenes. See more »

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A testament to Puzo and Coppola
14 April 2018 | by jamiecurry-1See all my reviews

If you keep in mind that Mario Puzo's The Godfather novel had no literary sequel, I find it astonishing that within the span of less than two years later both he and Francis Coppola were able to produce such a feat!

Nevermind the fact that the idea of cherry picking backstory from Vito Corleone's and forecasting into Michael and the Corleone family future and fates is something to approach with great trepidation for an author and filmmaker. But they pulled it off!

Then they had the audacity and inventiveness to introduce a flashback structure into the film. Coppola told editor Walter Murch if he had only had a little more time editing it before its release that "it might've been great". The resulting 1977 "Novel for Television and its uncensored 1981 Godfather Saga (released only on VHS) is the fulfillment of that wish and evidence of its greatness.

If two great films can be intercut together, reordered (and even have plot lines expanded upon) and still remain seamlessly coherent, that alone is a testament to the genius of both story(s), direction and author(s).

Imagine if you will, a director producing a sequel of the same power a year or two later to any classic work like Stephen King's "Shawshank" or Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind". Couldn't be done and hasn't. Except in Godfather's case. (Coppola even managed to direct and write "The Conversation" in between).

Unsurpassed!


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