Why Was Robert Duvall Not In The Godfather Part 3? | Tom Hagen's Death Explained

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8m Jan 3, 2021

Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 Best Picture winning masterpiece The Godfather is widely considered to be one of the greatest, if not THE greatest film of all time.

The Italian American crime drama stars what today is considered an all-star ensemble cast, including the likes of Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caan and Talia Shire. Robert Duvall was nominated for an Oscar for his performance and played a supporting role in the second Godfather film also.

However, Duvall's character Tom Hagen did not return in The Godfather: Part III. Why was this? What happened to Tom Hagen? How did Hagen die?

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Table of Contents

Timecode Title
0:00 (Introduction)
0:56 (The problems of The Godfather III)
2:02 (The importance of Tom Hagen)
3:26 (Tom Hagen's death explained)
4:22 (Duvall's original role in The Godfather III)
5:32 (Why Duvall was not in the film)
6:31 (Duvall explains his absence and gives his thoughts on the film)
8:39 (My thoughts)

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CineRanter - A couch potato's insignificant rage on modern film. I review movies, discuss film theories and explanations, and other cinema-related stuff. Sometimes I branch out to other mediums like books and comics.


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