THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone

The Godfather, Coda is a crime film. The director and screenwriter of the film is Francis Ford Coppola. He has re-edited the final film in his epic Godfather trilogy. This new version ‘THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone‘ achieves Coppola and screenwriter Puzo’s original vision for the finale. 

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Cast

Al Pacino as Michael Corleone
Diane Keaton as Kay Adams-Corleone
Talia Shire as Connie Corleone
Andy García as Vincent Corleone
Eli Wallach as Don Altobello
Joe Mantegna as Joey Zasa
George Hamilton as B.J. Harrison
Bridget Fonda as Grace Hamilton
Sofia Coppola as Mary Corleone

Francis Ford Coppola discusses THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone

I had certain misgivings, as one always does, but one certainly was the title of the film. When we wrote it, Mario Puzo and I titled it under the name THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. In musical terms, a coda is sort of like an epilogue.  It’s a summing up. That’s what we intended the movie to be, a Coda. An epilogue and summing up of the two preceding films almost an illumination of what those two films meant.

I’ve always regretted that the film couldn’t be called that. This led me to re-approach the entire project. Sort of like pulling on a thread poking out of a very complicated sweater that is annoying you and ultimately finding yourself re-weaving a new incarnation of it.

The film is an acknowledgment of Mario’s and my preferred title. It is our original intentions for what became ‘The Godfather: Part III. For this version of the finale, I created a new beginning and ending. I 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’.  I’m thankful to Jim Gianopulos and Paramount for allowing me to revisit it.

I feel comfortable in saying that I have new pride in this third film and its wonderful cast of actors, and prouder than ever of The Godfather Trilogy.

Release date

The film will be available on Blu-ray and Digital on December 8, 2020, from Paramount Home Entertainment.

It will also debut in select theaters on December 4.

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