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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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Crime | Drama

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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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1.85 : 1
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Earlier drafts of the script included the character of Rocco Lampone showing that he survived his shooting at the end of The Godfather: Part II (1974). See more »


In the Opera some scenes take place in an empty box with unused stacked chairs. In a presumably sold out show there would be no unused boxes and even if so, the box would have been prepared, because it can be looked over by the boxes on the other side, as we see the boxes with the audience. 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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(excerpt from)
Lyrics by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti (as G. Targioni-Tozzetti) and Guido Menasci (as G. Menasci)
Music by Pietro Mascagni
Conducted by Anton Coppola
Staged by Francis Ford Coppola
Associate Giuseppe De Tomasi
Chorus master: Gianni Lazzari
Turiddu: Franc D'Ambrosio
Santuzza played by Elena Lo Forte
Santuzza sung by Madelyn Renée Monti
Lucia: Corinna Vozza
Alfio played by Angelo Romero
Alfio sung by Paolo Gavanelli
Lola: Madelyn Renée Monti
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Most movies are overrated in IMDb, but this one is underrated
13 December 2004 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

This movie is Rated a 7.2 here by IMDb voters; I feel it should be rated higher. Perhaps a 7.9, which might move it into the top 250 of all, and perhaps it deserves that.

The ending of this movie is sterling, of the highest quality. Pacino really lets rip.

The other actors? Sofia Coppola is, as others have pointed out, not all that great. Talia Shire? She was never that good, and she does an "OK" job here. Both of those actresses got into movies via their relative, Francis Ford Coppola, who directed this film. Nepotism....it shows. How Talia Shire ever got as much work as she has, I will never know....

Keaton is held back a bit in this movie, perhaps so as not to overshadow Pacino. Not one of her best performances.

Andy Garcia? I am not all that big a fan. I think his performance here is overrated a little bit. He is a ham. And Pacino is, too. But he has something Garcia will never have.

But many other rather good roles for a lot of great character actors, who perform well. Those character actors, along with Pacino, are the heart of this movie. That, and a very good script and production values and direction. Seamless direction!

A high quality film. Almost as good a script as parts 1 and 2.

I give it a 7.9.

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