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A New Shot at Godfather III

Trying to strengthen the weak link in the Godfather trilogy
By Marshall Fine | From America’s Most Notorious Mobsters, November/December 2020
A New Shot at Godfather III
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Andy Garcia and Al Pacino in Godfather III.
In the pantheon of Godfather films, The Godfather: Part III has long been considered the Fredo of the bunch: the weak sibling who inevitably disappoints. Released in 1990, the Francis Ford Coppola film grabbed more than a half-dozen Oscar nominations despite a critical buzzsaw that focused on two particular weaknesses. One was the performance of Coppola’s daughter, Sofia, playing the daughter of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino). Now an Oscar-winning writer-director in her own right, she had no acting experience when she was tapped at the last minute to replace Winona Ryder.  There was also the film’s confusing plot, which entwined the fictional characters from Mario …
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