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The Godfather: Part III -- In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in 1979 New York and Italy, aging mafia don Michael Corleone seeks to vow for his sins while taking a young prot�g� under his wing.

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Writers (WGA):
Mario Puzo (written by) &
Francis Ford Coppola (written by)
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Release Date:
25 December 1990 (USA) See more »
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All the power on earth can't change destiny. See more »
Plot:
In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in 1979 New York and Italy, aging mafia don Michael Corleone seeks to vow for his sins while taking a young protégé under his wing. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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Mother Of Mercy, Is This The End Of The Corleones? See more (524 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Al Pacino ... Don Michael Corleone

Diane Keaton ... Kay Adams Michelson

Talia Shire ... Connie Corleone Rizzi

Andy Garcia ... Vincent Mancini

Eli Wallach ... Don Altobello

Joe Mantegna ... Joey Zasa

George Hamilton ... B.J. Harrison

Bridget Fonda ... Grace Hamilton

Sofia Coppola ... Mary Corleone

Raf Vallone ... Cardinal Lamberto
Franc D'Ambrosio ... Anthony Vito Corleone

Donal Donnelly ... Archbishop Gilday
Richard Bright ... Al Neri

Helmut Berger ... Frederick Keinszig

Don Novello ... Dominic Abbandando

John Savage ... Father Andrew Hagen

Franco Citti ... Calo

Mario Donatone ... Mosca
Vittorio Duse ... Don Tommasino
Enzo Robutti ... Don Licio Lucchesi
Michele Russo ... Spara

Al Martino ... Johnny Fontane

Robert Cicchini ... Lou Pennino
Rogerio Miranda ... Twin Bodyguard Armand
Carlos Miranda ... Twin Bodyguard Francesco

Vito Antuofermo ... Anthony 'The Ant' Squigliaro
Robert Vento ... Father John

Willie Brown ... Party Politician
Jeannie Linero ... Lucy Mancini
Jeanne Savarino Pesch ... Francesca Corleone
Janet Savarino Smith ... Kathryn Corleone
Tere Livrano ... Teresa Hagen (as Tere L. Baker)
Carmine Caridi ... Albert Volpe
Don Costello ... Frank Romano

Al Ruscio ... Leo Cuneo
Mickey Knox ... Marty Parisi

Rick Aviles ... Mask #1

Michael Bowen ... Mask #2

Brett Halsey ... Douglas Michelson
Gabriele Torrei ... Enzo the Baker
John Abineri ... Hamilton Banker
Brian Freilino ... Stockholder
Gregory Corso ... Unruly Stockholder
Marino Masé ... Lupo
Dado Ruspoli ... Vanni
Valeria Sabel ... Sister Vincenza
Remo Remotti ... Cardinal Sistine
Luigi Laezza ... Keinszig Killer
Beppe Pianviti ... Keinszig Killer
Santo Indelicato ... Guardia del Corpo

Simonetta Stefanelli ... Apollonia Vitelli-Corleone (archive footage)
Francesco Paolo Bellante ... Autista di Don Tommasino
Paco Reconti ... Gesu

Mimmo Cuticchio ... Puppet Narrator
Richard Honigman ... Party Reporter
Nicky Blair ... Nicky the Casino Host
Anthony Guidera ... Anthony, the Bodyguard
Frank Tarsia ... Frankie, the Bodyguard
Diane Agostini ... Woman with Child at Street Fair

Jessica DiCicco ... Child (as Jessica Di Cicco)

Catherine Scorsese ... Woman in Cafe
Ida Bernardini ... Woman in Cafe

Joe Drago ... Party Security (as Joseph Drago)

David Hume Kennerly ... Party Photographer
James D. Damiano ... Son Playing Soccer
Michael Boccio ... Father of Soccer Player
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Salvatore Billa ... Lucchesi Bodyguard (uncredited)
Salvatore Borghese ... Lucchesi's Door Guard (uncredited)
Ludovico Caldarera ... Young priest (uncredited)

John Cazale ... Fredo Corleone (archive footage) (uncredited)
Anton Coppola ... Conductor of 'Cavalleria Rusticana' (uncredited)
Carmine Coppola ... Bandleader (uncredited)

Gia Coppola ... Connie's Granddaughter (uncredited)

Tony Devon ... Mob Family Lawyer at Church (uncredited)

Frank Ferrara ... Zasa's Bodyguard (uncredited)

R. Emmett Fitzsimmons ... Mob Guy (uncredited)

Joe Fontana ... St. Gennaro Feast Mob Guy (uncredited)
Paolo Gavanelli ... Alfio in 'Cavalleria Rusticana' (voice) (uncredited)

Ron Jeremy ... Man chewing toothpick in crowd - at 1:16:34 (uncredited)
Madelyn Renée Monti ... Lola / Santuzza in 'Cavalleria Rusticana' (singing voice) (uncredited)
Angelo Romero ... Alfio in 'Cavalleria Rusticana' (uncredited)

F.X. Vitolo ... Pasquale (uncredited)
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Directed by
Francis Ford Coppola 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Mario Puzo (written by) &
Francis Ford Coppola (written by)

Produced by
Francis Ford Coppola .... producer
Gray Frederickson .... co-producer
Fred Fuchs .... executive producer
Nicholas Gage .... executive producer
Marina Gefter .... associate producer
Charles Mulvehill .... co-producer
Fred Roos .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Carmine Coppola 
 
Cinematography by
Gordon Willis 
 
Film Editing by
Lisa Fruchtman 
Barry Malkin 
Walter Murch 
 
Casting by
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
Roger Mussenden 
 
Production Design by
Dean Tavoularis 
 
Art Direction by
Alex Tavoularis (supervising art director)
 
Costume Design by
Milena Canonero 
 
Makeup Department
Giusy Bovino .... hair stylist (as Giusi Bovino)
Thomas R. Burman .... additional makeup effects artist
Iole Cecchini .... assistant hair stylist: Italy
Grazia De Rossi .... hair stylist
Bari Dreiband-Burman .... additional makeup effects artist (as Bari Dreiband Burman)
William A. Farley .... hair stylist: New York
Carl Fullerton .... makeup artist: New York
Enrico Iacoponi .... makeup artist: Italy
Tom Lucas .... makeup artist: Ms. Keaton
Maurizio Lupi .... assistant hair stylist: Italy
Antonio Maltempo .... additional makeup artist
Fabrizio Sforza .... makeup supervisor
Alfredo Tiberi .... makeup artist: Italy
Brian Wade .... makeup effects technician (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Franco Ballati .... production manager: Italy
Lorenzo Errico .... assistant unit manager: Italy
Lynn Kamern .... unit manager: Italy
Bruce S. Pustin .... unit manager: New York
Alessandro von Norman .... production supervisor (as Alessandro von Normann)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gianni Arduini .... first assistant director: Italy (as Gianni Arduini-Plaisant)
H. Gordon Boos .... first assistant director
Michael DeCasper .... second second assistant director: New York
Harvey Epstein .... DGA trainee: New York
K.C. Hodenfield .... second assistant director
Barbara Melega .... second second assistant director: Italy
Marco Polimeni .... second assistant director: Italy
 
Art Department
Daniel Acon .... props: Italy
Elio Altamura .... property master: Italy
Joseph Badalucco Jr. .... props: New York (as Joe Badalucco)
Michael Badalucco .... prop buyer: New York
Maria-Teresa Barbasso .... set designer: Italy (as Maria Teresa Barbasso)
Mauro Borrelli .... production illustrator
Emilia Burchiellaro .... prop department production assistant: Italy
Giuseppe Cancellara .... swing gang: Italy
Roberto Cancellara .... props: Italy
Natasza Chroscicki .... set dressing production assistant: Italy
Giulia Chiara Crugnola .... graphic artist: Italy
Vittorio Cuccia .... prop runner: Palermo
Lucio Di Domenico .... draftsperson: Italy
Antonella Di Marco .... set dressing production assistant: Italy
Franckie Diago .... assistant art director
Anthony Dimeo .... props: New York
William Durnin Sr. .... set dresser: New York (as William R. Durnin)
Gary Fettis .... set decorator
Gianni Fiumi .... swing gang: Italy (as Giovanni Fiumi)
Franco Fumagalli .... set decorator: Italy
Daniel K. Grosso .... chief set dresser: New York (as Dan Grosso)
Patrizia La Vecchia .... art department production assistant: Palermo
Phillis Lehmer .... art department coordinator
Renato Lori .... swing gang supervisor: Italy
Douglas E. Madison .... property master (as Douglas Madison)
Liliana Marceno .... art department production assistant: Palermo
Norma Marie Mascia .... art department production assistant: Palermo
Felice Mazza .... set dressing storekeeper: Italy
James Mazzola .... prop consultant: New York
Daphne McCurdy .... art department production assistant: Italy
Paolo Morales .... storyboard artist: Italy
Bill Murphy .... stand-by scenic artist: New York
Maria Cristina Pantoni .... set dressing storekeeper: Italy
Ron Petagna .... head carpenter: New York (as John Petagna)
Louis Petraglia .... chief construction grip: New York
Nazzareno Piana .... set designer: Italy
Michael Saccio .... set dresser: New York
Philip Saccio .... set dresser: New York
Sabina Segatori .... property buyer: Italy
Luca Tentellini .... draftsman: Italy
Margot Therre .... scenic charge person: New York
Sandro Tranchina .... prop department production assistant: Palermo
Marco Trentini .... draftsman: Italy
Raffaele Vincenti .... swing gang: Italy
Ron von Blomberg .... assistant set decorator: New York
Stephanie Ziemer .... set dressing buyer: Italy
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Jennifer Clinard .... lead scenic: Northern California (uncredited)
Paolo Morante .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Massimiliano Paonessa .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Alessandro Santucci .... draftsman (uncredited)
Angelo Santucci .... set coordinator: Italy (uncredited)
Michael Scarola .... construction grip (uncredited)
Louis Zamora .... labor foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Andy Aaron .... sound effects recordist
C.J. Appel .... adr editor
Kim Aubry .... post-production sound supervisor
Sandina Bailo-Lape .... resync editor (as Sandina Bailo Lape)
Shirin Balzeh .... sound assistant
Bob Baron .... adr mixer
Richard Beggs .... sound designer
Richard Beggs .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Bellfort .... adr editor
Gloria S. Borders .... supervising sound editor
Allan Brereton .... boom operator
Greg Curda .... foley mixer
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Teresa Eckton .... dialogue editor
David Lee Fein .... foley artist
Stacey A. Foiles .... dialogue editor (as Stacey Foiles)
Clare C. Freeman .... sound assistant (as Clare Freeman)
Tim Holland .... sound effects editor
Ronald Jacobs .... dialogue editor
Vanessa James .... sound assistant
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Hael Kobayashi .... sound assistant (as Hale Kobayashi)
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer
Victoria Martin .... foley editor
Barbara McBane .... dialogue editor
Marilyn McCoppen .... adr editor
Devon Miller .... sound assistant
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer (as Mike Minkler)
Marnie Moore .... foley assistant
Fabio Muratori .... assistant boom operator: Italy
Walter Murch .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Myers .... foley mixer
Philip Olbrantz .... assistant sound
Diana Pellegrini .... foley editor
Trevor Rutherford .... boom operator: Italy
Louis Sabat .... sound associate: New York
Paige Sartorius .... dialogue editor
Robert Shoup .... sound effects editor
Dianna Stirpe .... sound assistant
Ewa Sztompke .... sound assistant
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
Pam Uzzell .... sound assistant
Ethan Van der Ryn .... sound assistant
John Verbeck .... sound effects editor
Marian Wallace .... assistant sound designer
Gary Weimberg .... sound effects editor
Marian Wilde .... foley editor
Marian Wilde .... sound effects editor (as Marion Wilde)
Clive Winter .... sound mixer
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle .... sound assistant (as Gwen Whittle)
James Allen .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Mark Fay .... tape operator (uncredited)
Charlotte Haupt .... sound editor (uncredited)
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Dennis Leonard .... post-production sound engineer (uncredited)
Hal Levinsohn .... adr editor (uncredited)
Kevin Rose-Williams .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Jack Tucker .... foley editor (uncredited)
David E. Turner .... audio transfer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Renato Agostini .... special effects technician
Danilo Bollettini .... special effects technician
Casey Cavanaugh .... special effects: Italy
Lawrence J. Cavanaugh .... special effects coordinator (as Lawrence James Cavanaugh)
Giovanni Corridori .... special effects armament: Italy
Ron Ottesen .... special effects: New York (as Ronald Ottesen Jr.)
Claudio Quaglietti .... special effects: Italy
Franco Ragusa .... special effects technician
Isidoro Raponi .... special effects: Italy
R. Bruce Steinheimer .... special effects supervisor
Bob Wilson .... special effects: New York
Karin Hanson .... special effects hair (uncredited)
Tony Parmelee .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
John Goodson .... model maker (uncredited)
Tony Hudson .... modeler: ILM (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Steve M. Davison .... stunt performer (as Steve Davison)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt coordinator
Chad Randall .... stunt performer
Pat Romano .... stunt performer
Chino Binamo .... stunts (uncredited)
Alessandro Borgese .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Omero Capanna .... stunts (uncredited)
Umberto De Luca .... stunts (uncredited)
Benito Pacifico .... stunts (uncredited)
Claudio Pacifico .... stunts (uncredited)
Gianluca Petrazzi .... stunts (uncredited)
Peewee Piemonte .... stunts (uncredited)
Angelo Ragusa .... stunts (uncredited)
Sergio Smacchi .... stunts (uncredited)
Claudio Zucchet .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Aldo Colanzi .... first company grip: Italy
Steve Comesky .... electrician: New York (as Steven J. Comesky)
Craig DiBona .... camera operator
James Fitzpatrick .... chief lighting technician
Kevin Fitzpatrick .... assistant chief lighting technician: New York
Frank Graziadei .... video assist: New York
Graham Hall .... camera loader: Italy
Emilio Lari .... still photographer: Italy
Gus Magalios .... grip: New York
Mario Massaccesi .... chief lighting technician: Italy
Brian McCullagh .... electrician: New York
Jim McCullagh .... electrician: New York (as James McCullagh)
Billy Patsos .... second company grip: New York (as William Patsos)
George Patsos .... first company grip
Fiorangelo Plocco .... assistant chief lighting technician: Italy
James Pollard .... first company grip: New York
Joseph Sciretta .... electrician: New York
Robert Sciretta .... electrician: New York
John Seakwood .... still photographer: New York
Jim Vecchio .... camera trainee: New York (as James Vecchio)
Francesco Brescini .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Michael Caracciolo .... second assistant photographer: New York (uncredited)
Michael Green .... first assistant photographer: New York (uncredited)
Chris Hammond .... electrician (uncredited)
Martin Kenzie .... first assistant camera: Italy (uncredited)
Billy Kerwick .... key rigging grip (uncredited)
Scott Rathner .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, New York (uncredited)
Nigel Seal .... focus puller (uncredited)
Paolo Tiberti .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Aleta Chappelle .... casting: Italy
Michela Giorelli .... extras casting assistant: Italy
Rosalie Joseph .... additional casting: New York
Bojana Sutic .... extras casting assistant: Italy
Jan McGill .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Antonia Barbitta .... wardrobe shop: Italy
Elisabetta Beraldo .... assistant costume designer
Ezio Maria Bruno .... additional assistant to costume designer
William A. Campbell .... wardrobe supervisor
Jaqueline De La Fontaine .... wardrobe assistant (as Jacqui De La Fontaine)
Augusto Grassi .... wardrobe shop: Italy
Giampiero Grassi .... wardrobe shop: Italy (as Giampietro Grassi)
Michele Michel .... wardrobe shop: Italy
Jane E. Myers .... wardrobe assistant: New York (as Jane Myers)
Anna Orazi .... wardrobe shop: Italy
Ingrid Price .... wardrobe assistant: New York
Cristiana Ricceri .... wardrobe shop: Italy
Irene Santarelli .... wardrobe shop: Italy
Richard Shissler .... assistant costume designer
Lois DeArmond .... costume illustrator (uncredited)
Vicki Graef .... costume design assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Delia Apolloni .... second assistant editor: Italy
Diane Asnes .... assistant film editor
Debra Bard .... assistant film editor
Laurie Bernard .... assistant film editor
Gus Carpenter .... first assistant editor: montage
Luis Colina .... first assistant editor: film
Dana Congdon .... apprentice editor: New York
Tina Fallani .... assistant film editor
John Ganem .... assistant film editor
Ruth Hasty .... assistant film editor
Daniel Charles Hoffman .... second assistant editor: Italy
Edie Ichioka ACE .... assistant film editor (as Edie Sei Ichioka)
Kerie Kimbrell .... assistant film editor
Jennifer Myers .... assistant film editor
Greg Pestoni .... assistant editor: montage
Robert Raring .... color timer (as Bob Raring)
Louise Rubacky .... additional film editor
Glen Scantlebury .... additional film editor
Donald Freeman .... final colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Mark Adler .... music editor
Carmine Coppola .... composer: theme song "Promise Me You'll Remember"
Carmine Coppola .... conductor
Carmine Coppola .... music arranger
Tony Cucchiara .... composer: song "Santa Rosalia"
Joanie Diener .... additional music editor
Paolo Gavanelli .... soloist
Stephan R. Goldman .... music supervisor
Robin Lee .... additional music editor
Joel Moss .... music scoring mixer (as Joel W. Moss)
Nino Rota .... composer: theme and additional music
Jeffery Stephens .... associate music editor (as Jeffrey Stephens)
John Walko .... music associate
John Walko .... musician: organ
Bob Bornstein .... music preparation (uncredited)
Bruno Coppola .... music producer (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Thomas Langmann .... Driver of Mr Al Pacino
Byron Pierotti .... transportation captain: Italy
Charles Spillane .... driver
 
Other crew
Walter Alford .... publicist
Cecilia Alvarenga .... production secretary: Italy
Roberto Andò .... liaison: Palermo
Kim Aubry .... technical supervisor: Zoetrope Studios
Paola Barbaglia .... silverfish liaison: Italy
Victoria Berry .... assistant to executive producer
Rafe Blasi .... publicist
Sergio Bologna .... first assistant accountant: Italy
Otello Campanelli .... city permits: Rome
Jim Carrington .... dialogue coach: Italy
Anton Coppola .... opera advisor
Bruno Coppola .... financial technical advisor
Gustavo Coscarella .... payroll clerk: Italy
Daniel Coss .... location associate: New York
Kathy Cossu .... medical coordinator: New York
Andrea Damiano .... assistant to producers: Italy
Matteo De Laurentiis .... production assistant: Italy
Giuseppe De Tomasi .... stage director: "Cavallieria rusticana"
Loolee DeLeon .... assistant: F. Coppola
Stel Deleon .... US contact
Gianna Di Michele .... auditor: Italy (as Giovanna Di Michele)
Tony Dingman .... defensive coordinator
Joe Drago .... set assistant: Italy (as Joseph Drago)
Rose Ferraro .... assistant to producer
Flaviana Ferri .... liaison: Taormina
John Fischer .... production assistant: New York
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Tom Fox .... silverfish operator
Leigh French .... looping coordinator
Rita Gaccioppo .... city permits: Palermo
Wilma Garscadden-Gahret .... script supervisor
Michele Giordano .... production office associate: New York
Joanne S. Grant .... assistant accountant (as Joanne Grant)
Maurizio Graziosi .... cashier: Italy
Rachel Hall .... production assistant
Catherine Hand .... assistant to executive producer
Jane Hartwell .... set assistant: Italy
Barbara Heller .... location manager: New York
Amy Herman .... location associate: New York
Kevin Kavanaugh .... production assistant
Phyllis King .... voice coach: Italy
Ron King .... production assistant: New York
Eddee Kolos .... production assistant: New York
Norma Marie Mascia .... production assistant: Italy
Christienne Metropole .... production assistant
Paolo Morante .... set production assistant
Nick Muglia .... equine coordinator: New York
Anahid Nazarian .... researcher
Maureen Newman .... production accountant
Giovanni Pallavicino .... dialogue coach: Sicilian
Lou Phillips .... production controller (as Louis B. Phillips)
Antonia Proscia .... assistant accountant: New York
Jane Raab .... production coordinator: New York
Thomas Reilly .... teamster captain: New York
Luigi Riitano .... cashier: Italy
Lisa Rome .... defensive coordinator
Juan Ros .... production assistant: New York
Reid Rosefelt .... publicist
Sacha Sarchielli .... interpreter: Italy
Greta Seacat .... dialogue coach: New York
Frank Silvestri .... company physician: Italy
Mark Steiner .... craft service: New York
Peter Tavis .... teamster co-captain: New York
Richard Tedesco .... parking coordinator: New York
Riccardo Terlizzi .... silverfish assistant: Italy
Daniela Vecchi .... production coordinator: Italy
Benedetta Von Normann .... production assistant: Italy
Frederick Vreeland .... voice coach: Italy
Jody Washington .... production assistant
Tim Watkins .... production assistant: New York
Gilbert S. Williams .... shop manager: New York (as Gilbert Williams)
Armando Zappi .... crowd marshall: Italy
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Bundy Chanock .... set medic (uncredited)
Christopher Gambale .... production assistant (uncredited)
Luigi Riitano .... production accountant (uncredited)
Tim Sullivan .... production assistant (uncredited)
Rick Washburn .... weapons coordinator (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Anna Anni .... thanks
Charlie Bluhdorn .... dedicatee
Yance George .... special thanks
George Lucas .... special thanks
Franco Platania .... thanks
Gianna Platania .... thanks
Franco Zeffirelli .... thanks (as F. Zeffirelli)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mario Puzo's The Godfather: Part III" - USA (complete title)
"Godfather Part III" - Japan (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence and language
Runtime:
162 min | 170 min (Extended Blu-ray Edition)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby SR (35 mm prints)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Every The Godfather (1972) movie begins with a lavish celebration of some kind. The first one being Connie's wedding, The Godfather: Part II (1974) for Anthony's first communion, the third in honor of Michael's award from Pope Paul VI.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: At the opera house, Vincent is heard yelling while his mouth is not moving.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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In 'The Godfather', Sonny had at least two other kids. Where are they, why wouldn't they take over?
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32 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Mother Of Mercy, Is This The End Of The Corleones?, 22 March 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Godfather Trilogy may have reached its end with The Godfather: Part III. But was there enough room to allow for yet another film based on another generation of the Corleones? Time and public demand will only tell.

I liked The Godfather: Part III right up to and including Sofia Coppola's much maligned performance as Mary Corleone daughter of Don Michael Corleone, the one and only Al Pacino. I think she was unjustly criticized. In her performance she set out to play one of the innocent children of Al Pacino.

There's a moving scene in The Godfather where we saw Al Pacino and Marlon Brando talking for the last time. Brando's hopes were for his son to become Governor Corleone, Senator Corleone to attain that level of respectability that was out of the Don's reach. Pacino tells him, maybe the next generation.

Flash forward to the late seventies where Pacino has slowly divested himself of the illegal interests of the Corleone family. But the other crime bosses don't like the idea of him going completely legitimate. He also has some opposition within his own family. His surviving sibling Talia Shire thinks he ought to keep a hand in and his illegitimate nephew, Andy Garcia is having a running feud with another family head, Joe Mantegna.

Andy Garcia got the only acting nomination for The Godfather: Part III as Sonny's son out of wedlock. And he's every bit as wild and hot tempered as Sonny was from The Godfather. Garcia brings a lot of passion to the part. But he does prove able to learn from his uncle and eventually not repeat the mistakes of his father. Garcia lost to another hoodlum portrayal, Joe Pesci for Goodfellas for Best Suppporting Actor.

Probably Al Pacino has gotten all he could out of the character of Michael Corleone. He's gotten real respectability now, he's been conferred with a Papal Knightship for the good works of the Corleone Foundation now. He's high up the criminal world too. But people and circumstances won't let those worlds mix and as he ruefully remarks, "just when I think I'm out, they drag me back in again."

Only four characters made it through the three Godfather films, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, and Richard Bright as Al Neri. All except Neri seem to grow in character, Neri is still button man in chief since Lucabrazzi started sleeping with the fishes in The Godfather. Keaton's character is still the outsider. Separated from Pacino in The Godfather: Part II, she still loves him and regrets as much as he has the outside forces that caused their separation.

Although Talia Shire got an Oscar Nomination for Best Supporting Actress in The Godfather: Part II, I think she really comes into her own in this one. Had it not been for male chauvinism implicit in the Sicilian culture, she'd be taking over the family business from Pacino. She's changed so dramatically over the course of the three films. In The Godfather she's the innocent daughter about to embark on marriage to a wife beater. In The Godfather: Part II, she's now entering middle age, overindulging in excesses, unhappy as a many time married widow, her first husband being killed in the original Godfather. She lives on the sufferance and tolerance of her brother. Now in The Godfather: Part III she takes an active interest in the family business and the family legacy. She realizes more than Pacino there's no escaping the Corleone roots. She champions Garcia as the new Don, she knows he's got the chops for the job, she hopes he can develop the smarts as does Pacino.

Eli Wallach contributes a fine performance as another aging crime Don who's got a lot more to him than when we first meet him. Raf Vallone plays Pope John Paul I and the urban legend of his sudden demise after a one month papacy is woven into the Corleone story. As is Joe Mantegna who plays an undisguised version of Brooklyn mob boss Joe Columbo.

I'm sure if the money's right and a workable screenplay is developed we may not have seen the last of the Corleones. There was one talked about a few years ago. Still if it never develops, The Godfather: Part III is a fine film to end the saga.

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