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Godfather III Gets a New Ending

Re-edited version coming to theaters in December
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2020 10:05 AM CDT

(Newser) The Godfather trilogy has a new ending—and if all goes well, you'll be able to see it in theaters this year. A newly restored and edited version of The Godfather: Part III, with a new beginning and ending as well as "rearranged" scenes, is to be released in theaters in December, and then on digital platforms, per a Thursday press release. Director Francis Ford Coppola and screenwriter Mario Puzo worked together on the re-release from Paramount Pictures—titled Mario Puzo's The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone—which encompasses their "original vision for the finale," per USA Today.

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Coppola says the film "is an acknowledgement of Mario's and my preferred title and our original intentions for what became The Godfather: Part III." He adds that "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." The original—which Variety notes is maybe best known for Al Pacino's line, "Just when I thought I was out ... they pull me back in"—wasn't so bad, of course. Released 16 years after The Godfather: Part II, it was nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture and best director. The re-release is timed to honor the film's 30th anniversary. (Read more movies stories.)

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