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The Godfather: Part III (1990)

In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in New York City and Italy in 1979, aging Mafia Don Michael Corleone seeks to avow for his sins, while taking his nephew Vincent Mancini under his wing.
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In the final instalment of the Godfather Trilogy, an aging Don Michael Corleone seeks to legitimize his crime family's interests and remove himself from the violent underworld but is kept back by the ambitions of the young. While he attempts to link the Corleone's finances with the Vatican, Michael must deal with the machinations of a hungrier gangster seeking to upset the existing Mafioso order and a young protoge's love affair with his daughter. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mario Puzo's The Godfather: Part III  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$54,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,387,271, 25 December 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$66,666,062

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$136,766,062
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Technical Specs

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| (The Godfather Trilogy 1901-1980 VHS Special Edition)

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Paramount Pictures tried to go ahead with the film for many years without Francis Ford Coppola, who had refused to make another sequel. About twelve scripts were written. Most of the scripts included the Corleone family being led by Michael's son Anthony, battling the C.I.A., Fidel Castro's Cuban government, or South American drug cartels. A 1978 draft by Mario Puzo dealt with Anthony Corleone being recruited by the C.I.A. to assassinate a Latin American dictator. Dean Riesner also wrote a draft based on Puzo's ideas. Drafts were also written by Paramount Pictures Producers Michael Eisner and Don Simpson. The film was scheduled for a Christmas 1980 release date. These scripts were discarded when Coppola decided to work on the script with Puzo. But Coppola eventually abandoned the project. Puzo wrote another script in 1986 with Producer Nicholas Gage that featured Sonny Corleone's illegitimate son Vincent Mancini, while showing the early life of the young Sonny Corleone. Paramount Pictures considered Sidney Lumet, Costa-Gavras, Alan J. Pakula, Robert Benton, Michael Cimino, and Michael Mann to direct. At one point, they were even close to signing Sylvester Stallone to direct and star in the film. See more »

Goofs

When the Corleone family moves to Sicily, one white car license plate can be seen. This color was not used in Italy before 1988. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Michael Corleone: [voiceover] My dear children: It is now better than several years since I moved to New York, and I haven't seen you as much as I would like to. I hope you will come to the ceremony of papal honors given for my charitable work. The only wealth in this world is children; more than all the money, power on earth, you are my treasure.
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Crazy Credits

"Dedicated to Charlie Bluhdorn who inspired it." See more »

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Referenced in Road Kill (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

VITTI NA CROZZA
Written by Francesco Li Causi
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This movie is greatly misunderstood and it has become popular opinion to say it is bad.
4 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

The Godfather Part three is a great movie but many would contest. This final installment of the greatest trilogy ever made is misunderstood by most because they do not see what this film is really about. G3 is not about hits and gangland killings, but rather, G3 is about the end of Michael Corleone's legacy of crime in America. This movie shows him stepping out of the gambling and the other rackets because they have hurt him so badly. This movie is a masterpiece because it shows the conclusion to an incredible story. There had to be an end to this trilogy and this thoughtful way to do it exemplified the trilogy as an unbeatable one. Just because it doesn't end with a violent scene like the murder of the heads of the 5 families does not make it a bad movie, but in this case, a beautiful one. Please, don't feel you have to agree with the common view by proxy, but think on your own about what this movie really means and how it concludes and consequences the first two.


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