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parrotdr
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re: What is the most powerful scene in the godfather trilogy?
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because this mercifully ended Sofia Coppola's acting career.


Note in my earlier post that while I think that ending scene was powerful, it was also good for the above reason. Posted a pic of the bullet in her chest.


kciDAtaE
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re: What is the most powerful scene in the godfather trilogy?
When Michael gets his hand cut off and Vito tells him he is his father


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re: What is the most powerful scene in the godfather trilogy?
Baptism scene.


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re: What is the most powerful scene in the godfather trilogy?
Other than Miss Coppola's terrible acting and the fact her character was banging her first cousin, I actually enjoyed GF3.


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re: What is the most powerful scene in the godfather trilogy?
General consensus I believe, if researched, would be the scene where Michael comes home from the hospital with his jaw wired together and they're all sitting around deciding how to hit Salazo and the police captain ... and Michael lays it out for them. Then Sonny says something like, "whatta ya gonna do nice college boy in his ivy league suit gonna shoot'em in the head bada bing ... this is just business and you're taking this very personally. " and that changes everything.

Michael responds with something about where does it say you can't kill a cop ... a dirty cop, a corrupt cop" and he looks at Robert Duvall and says, " you still have people on the payroll who might like a story like that" and Duval says, "they just might."

Then Michael responds with, "see, it's just business Sonny."

That is the defining moment in all of the movies ... when Michael goes full in and takes charge.


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re: What is the most powerful scene in the godfather trilogy?
Tough call.

Director wise, it's the Baptism. Such a great scene.

Plot wise it's Mike telling sonny it's just business and then coming up with the idea to sell the dirty cop angle.

Brutality of the mafia lifestyle it's the tollbooth. The last few rounds and kick to the head always gets me.

Character and acting wise, it's fredo pouring his heart out to his brother, and Michael telling Fredo he's nothing to him now.
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re: What is the most powerful scene in the godfather trilogy?
All you creeps liking the Apollonia picture should realize that girl is only 16. Congrats, you're all pedos.


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re: What is the most powerful scene in the godfather trilogy?
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What is the most powerful scene in the godfather trilogy?


Although there will likely be blowback, the most "powerful" scene in the Godfather trilogy is Michael reacting to Mary's death in III. The silence being pierced by Pacino's distraught wail, his facial reactions, it's just a phenomenal scene that saves the movie IMO. You genuinely feel Michael's anguish, and for a second, it looks like he may have literally gone insane from what he just witnessed. Pacino's acting and the emotion that scene resonates with make it the most powerful of the whole story.


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re: What is the most powerful scene in the godfather trilogy?
When they cut to the other actors in that scene you can tell the exact moment where they all stop acting and become spectators.


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re: What is the most powerful scene in the godfather trilogy?
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All you creeps liking the Apollonia picture should realize that girl is only 16. Congrats, you're all pedos.


Do you fast forward through that part?


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re: What is the most powerful scene in the godfather trilogy?
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I’d say the scene before that when Michael hugs Fredo and he gives Neri the look to kill him.


This scene sticks with me.

Such an emotional scene with Fredo hugging and clasping at Michael. The music, everyone in the room looking at them. Fredo thinks Michael finally let him back into his life, but it's really a goodbye.

Heartbreaking.


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re: What is the most powerful scene in the godfather trilogy?
When Michael kills the cop in the restaurant. He crosses the line at that moment and never comes back.


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Mr. Misanthrope
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re: What is the most powerful scene in the godfather trilogy?
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While "III" gets a lot of crap, I think the ending was well done. Michael finally snapping and that loud, long scream when he realizes his daughter was killed (and it's his responsibility) was very emotional. Then his death, alone, surrounded by no one, as an old man years later is the perfect denouement.
Agree. Would add the opera scene in general, the opera within the "opera", particularly Connie poisoning Don Altabello with his favorite pastry.


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re: What is the most powerful scene in the godfather trilogy?
I barely regard G3 at all.

From the first two films, Michael capping The Turk and McCluskey is probably the most intensely, viscerally powerful scene for me as a movie fan. FFC at his very, very best there.
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Ace Midnight
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re: What is the most powerful scene in the godfather trilogy?
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All you creeps liking the Apollonia picture should realize that girl is only 16.


What's the age of consent in Italy, motherfricker? Gal is more than a decade older than me. GTFO here.



The Midnight Rider
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re: What is the most powerful scene in the godfather trilogy?
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What's the age of consent in Italy, motherfricker? Gal is more than a decade older than me. GTFO here.


I have no interest in banging a 16 year old, and neither should you, weird old man.


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re: What is the most powerful scene in the godfather trilogy?
Don’t forget the canoli


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Ace Midnight
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re: What is the most powerful scene in the godfather trilogy?
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I have no interest in banging a 16 year old, and neither should you, weird old man.


She's pushing 65. What am I missing?

This is a fascinating topic. I mean, Olivia Hussey is 67. Simonetta Stefanelli is 64. Stefanelli was definitely over the Italian age of consent when the scenes were filmed.

What am I missing? Is Puritanical America ever going to fully leave us?


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parrotdr
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re: What is the most powerful scene in the godfather trilogy?
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Although there will likely be blowback, the most "powerful" scene in the Godfather trilogy is Michael reacting to Mary's death in III. The silence being pierced by Pacino's distraught wail, his facial reactions, it's just a phenomenal scene that saves the movie IMO. You genuinely feel Michael's anguish, and for a second, it looks like he may have literally gone insane from what he just witnessed. Pacino's acting and the emotion that scene resonates with make it the most powerful of the whole story.


Agreed, as I said on page 2. This ending that concludes with an elderly, lonely Michael dying in Sicily in the presence of only a dog (at least Vito was with a grandchild) is the perfect ending.

Michael's entire drive throughout I, II, and III was to:

1--Protect his family
2--Make the family legitimate

This scene is when he realizes he has failed in the worst way.

I'm not saying III is as good as I or II, but because of the casting of Sofia Coppola (and IMO George Hamilton, who was kind of a tanning joke in show business at the time and a poor replacement for Robert Duvall) this movie is not as highly regarded.

That makes folks overlook the depth of meaning and Pacino's acting in this final scene.


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his scene is when he realizes he has failed in the worst way.

I'm not saying III is as good as I or II, but because of the casting of Sofia Coppola (and IMO George Hamilton, who was kind of a tanning joke in show business at the time and a poor replacement for Robert Duvall) this movie is not as highly regarded.

That makes folks overlook the depth of meaning and Pacino's acting in this final scene.

Couldn't have said it better myself. Simpletons see Part III and just just immediately start downvoting, but that scene is far and away the most powerful of the entire series, and some of Pacino's finest acting of his entire career. The way FFC pierces the silence with his wail is just haunting. Despite all of the horrible shyte he's done up to that point, including murdering his own brother, you feel nothing but sadness and empathy for Michael. Masterful acting and film-making.
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