Godfather III -- Director's Cut?

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  1. Michael Riesenbeck

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    Is The Godfather III in the DVD set the director's cut (which has been the standard on previous home video editions)? I know all of the other cut footage can be found on the extra disc in the set, but how is GF III presented? More specifically, what is the running time of GF III? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Carlo Medina

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    This isn't a definitive answer, I'll check when I get home. But my understanding is that the GFIII Director's Cut is the cut FFC meant to be seen. Unlike The Saga/Epic/Trilogy format which was re-edited to be completely chronological (thus mixing parts I and II together), GF3's additional scenes don't do that.
    But again, I'll check when I get home.
     
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    It's 170 minutes which means it's the director's cut. The theatrical cut was approximately 162 minutes.
     
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    What exactly was added? I've never been able to find a definitive resource. Unfortunately, I didn't see it in the theaters because at that point I hadn't seen the other two films.
    By the way, The Godfather Part III is an excellent bookend to the trilogy and wrongly maligned. It is a fine film. Not as good as the first two, but it is a great film.
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    I haven't watched it in a long time but among the extra footage is a couple of appearances of John Savage, as the late Tom Hagan's son. Someone correct me if I'm wrong but I dont think he was in the theatrical cut.
    All in all, the extra eight minutes makes no differance to the quality of the film in the end.
     
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    I think there was at least one scene between Sofia Coppola & Al Pacino that was added or extended, but I may be wrong.
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    Guiltfather III? Wrongly Maligned?
    The film is watchable but the casting is so horrible. (I'm not only talking about the dreadful Corleone children) George Hamilton???
    I like Garcia but he about as much of an italian as Jennifer Lopez was in Wedding Planner.
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    Sofia was fine, she played a virginal good girl daughter.
    The editing looks like their were scenes missing.
     
  9. Michael Reuben

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    The GFIII director's cut also extends the scene with Michael in the hospital after Vincent hits Joey in Little Italy. It's a better scene in the longer version.
    The supplemental DVD contains only one additional scene for the third film: a longer version of the scene between Michael and the archbishop where they strike the deal for Immobiliare. It was originally intended to serve as the film's opening.
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  10. Mark Cappelletty

    Mark Cappelletty Cinematographer

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    Doug,
    If it makes you feel any better, GIII's Joe Mantengna has played (badly) a Hispanic on a few occasions, including the Stuart Gordon adaptation of Ray Bradbury's "The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit" (sadly not on DVD)!
     
  11. Doug Schiller

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    I wasn't too thrilled with Mantengna(sp) either. (I like his mob work on The Simpsons much better!).
    I think the casting (as far as Italian actors go) on The Sopranos (and the first 2 GF) are perfect.
    I also think Sofia being too virginal was another problem. This role was going to go to Wynona Ryder(IIRC) and would have been much sexier. The role would have been more interesting with a slight bad streak. I knew this was the director's daughter and she wouldn't be portrayed any other way. And Part II really brought out the psychological problems that the son was just starting to go through and GFIII just swept this under the carpet.
    I remember one of the drafts having Micheal's son vs. the Vincent character for control of the family. A much more interesting take then the guilt fest we ended up with.
    Doug
     

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