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The Godfather: Part III (1990)

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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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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  »

Box Office


$54,000,000 (estimated)


$66,676,062 (USA)

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Technical Specs


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

Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film is one of Walter Murch's four Academy Award nominations for editing to be edited in a different editing format, in this instance the KEM flatbed machine. See more »


The final scenes of the film were filmed in the Opera House "Teatro Massimo" in Palermo. But this Opera House was closed in 1974 to complete renovations required by updated safety regulations, and it remained closed for twenty-three years, finally re-opening on 12 May 1997, so a playing of the "Cavalleria Rusticana" was not possible at the beginning of the 1980s in that Opera House. 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 The Office: Michael's Last Dundies (2011) See more »


Written by Francesco Li Causi
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26 December 1998 | by (Delaware) – See all my reviews

Godfather III is generally underrated because because it is more intellectual, subtle, and psychological than the first two. There's lots more Italian language, operatic venues, references to subtleties like the P2 masonic lodge, and there is the inner revelation of Michael Corleone's soul. Pacino should have won an Oscar for his performance. The movie would be a good staging point for a Godfather IV, with "Vincenzo Corleone" and Connie Corleone running things, while developing further the relationship between Michael, and his wife and son.

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