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The Godfather: Part III (1990)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  25 December 1990 (USA)
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In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in New York and Italy in 1979, aging Mafia don Michael Corleone seeks to avow for his sins while taking a young protégé 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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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  »

Box Office


$54,000,000 (estimated)


$66,676,062 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film is partly based on the findings of David Yallop's book "In God's name" first published 1984. The book is about the "30-day pope" Pope John Paul I, who is also depicted in the film. See more »


Another newspaper is dated "Friday March 27, 1980". March 27, 1980 was also a Thursday. See more »


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


Referenced in Rizzoli & Isles: All for One (2013) See more »


Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Performed by Al Martino
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User Reviews

This movie is greatly misunderstood and it has become popular opinion to say it is bad.
4 January 2004 | by (NYC) – 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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