‘The Godfather’ returns to movie theaters for 50th anniversary celebration

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Fans of “The Godfather” will get pulled back in when the classic film series returns to movie theaters in honor of its 50th anniversary.

Paramount Pictures announced Thursday that Francis Ford Coppola’s Oscar-winning epic will have a limited theatrical release at AMC Theatres in the United States.

Starting Feb. 25, the cinematic masterpiece will screen for a limited time exclusively in Dolby Cinema at AMC Theatres in the U.S., as well as in international territories around the world.

All three films in “The Godfather” saga have been “meticulously restored under the direction of Coppola” that will debut for the first time on 4K Ultra HD format March 22— just ahead of its official 50th birthday on March 24.

“I am very proud of The Godfather, which certainly defined the first third of my creative life,” Coppola said a statement. “With this 50th anniversary tribute, I’m especially proud Mario Puzo’s ‘The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone' is included, as it captures Mario and my original vision in definitively concluding our epic trilogy.”

“Coda” was Coppola’s 2020 reedit of 1990′s “Godfather III,” which debuted to a harsh critical reception.

“It’s also gratifying to celebrate this milestone with Paramount alongside the wonderful fans who’ve loved it for decades, younger generations who still find it relevant today, and those who will discover it for the first time,” the 82-year-old auteur added of the forthcoming 4K release.

Starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall and Diane Keaton, “The Godfather” was the star-making vehicle based on Puzo’s 1969 bestselling novel about Don Vito Corleone, the head of most powerful Mafia clan in New York and the rise and violent fall of his three sons.

“We felt privileged to restore these films and a little in awe every day we worked on them,” Paramount Archives senior vice president Andrea Kalas said with Thursday’s announcement. “We were able to witness first-hand how the brilliant cinematography, score, production design, costume design, editing, performances, and, of course, screenwriting and direction became famously more than the sum of their parts. It was our commitment to honor all of the filmmakers’ exceptional work.”

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