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  (in credits order)

Al Pacino ... Don Michael Corleone (archive footage)

Robert Duvall ... Tom Hagen (archive footage)

Diane Keaton ... Kay Adams Corleone Michelson (archive footage)

Talia Shire ... Connie Corleone Rizzi (archive footage)

Marlon Brando ... Don Vito Corleone (archive footage)

James Caan ... Sonny Corleone (archive footage)

John Cazale ... Fredo Corleone (archive footage)

Robert De Niro ... Young Vito Corleone (archive footage)

Andy Garcia ... Vincent Mancini (archive footage)

Richard S. Castellano ... Peter Clemenza (archive footage)

Lee Strasberg ... Hyman Roth (archive footage)

Michael V. Gazzo ... Frankie Pentangeli (archive footage)

Sofia Coppola ... Mary Corleone (archive footage)
Richard Bright ... Al Neri (archive footage)

Eli Wallach ... Don Altobello (archive footage)

Abe Vigoda ... Sal Tessio (archive footage)

Gianni Russo ... Carlo Rizzi (archive footage)

Al Lettieri ... Virgil 'The Turk' Sollozzo (archive footage)
Morgana King ... Mama Corleone (archive footage)

G.D. Spradlin ... Senator Pat Geary (archive footage)

Sterling Hayden ... Capt. McCluskey (archive footage)

John Marley ... Jack Woltz (archive footage)

Richard Conte ... Don Emilio Barzini (archive footage)

Joe Mantegna ... Joey Zasa (archive footage)

Al Martino ... Johnny Fontane (archive footage)

George Hamilton ... B.J. Harrison (archive footage)

Bridget Fonda ... Grace Hamilton (archive footage)

Troy Donahue ... Merle Johnson (archive footage)
Joe Spinell ... Willie Cicci (archive footage)
Tom Rosqui ... Rocco Lampone (archive footage)
Gastone Moschin ... Don Fanucci (archive footage)

Marianna Hill ... Deanna Dunn-Corleone (archive footage)
Angelo Infanti ... Fabrizio (archive footage)

Franco Citti ... Calò (archive footage)

Richard Maldone ... Joey (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Danny Aiello ... Tony Rosato (archive footage)

John Aprea ... Young Sal Tessio (archive footage)

Oreste Baldini ... Young Vito Andolini (archive footage)

Kathleen Beller ... Girl in 'Senza Mamma' (archive footage)

Helmut Berger ... Frederick Keinszig (archive footage)
Rudy Bond ... Don Carmine Cuneo (archive footage)
William Bowers ... Senate Committee Chairman (archive footage)
Max Brandt ... Extra (archive footage)
Carmine Caridi ... Carmine Rosato / Albert Volpe (archive footage)
Maria Carta ... Vito's Mother (archive footage)

Dominic Chianese ... Johnny Ola (archive footage)

Roger Corman ... Senator #2 (archive footage)
Salvatore Corsitto ... Bonasera (archive footage)
Mario Cotone ... Don Tommasino (archive footage)

Franc D'Ambrosio ... Anthony Vito Corleone (archive footage)

Francesca De Sapio ... Young Mama Corleone (archive footage)

Mario Donatone ... Mosca (archive footage)

Donal Donnelly ... Archbishop Gilday (archive footage)

Vittorio Duse ... Don Tommasino (archive footage)
Carmine Foresta ... Policeman (archive footage)
Tony Giorgio ... Bruno Tattaglia (archive footage)
James Gounaris ... Anthony Vito Corleone (archive footage)
Julie Gregg ... Sandra Corleone (archive footage)

Bruno Kirby ... Young Peter Clemenza (archive footage)
Peter LaCorte ... Signor Abbandando (archive footage)
Jeannie Linero ... Lucy Mancini (archive footage)
Tere Livrano ... Theresa Hagen (archive footage)
Elda Maida ... Pentangeli's Wife (archive footage)
Thomas Mars ... Carmine Coppola (archive footage)

John Martino ... Paulie Gatto (archive footage)

Richard Matheson ... Senator #3 (archive footage)
Andrea Maugeri ... Strollo (archive footage)
Saveria Mazzola ... Signora Colombo (archive footage)
Joseph Medaglia ... Father Carmelo (archive footage) (as Father Joseph Medeglia)
Lenny Montana ... Luca Brasi (archive footage)
James Murdock ... F.B.I. Man #2 (archive footage)

Don Novello ... Dominic Abbandando (archive footage)
Ignazio Pappalardo ... Mosca (archive footage)
Steve Peck ... Dancer at Communion Party (archive footage)
Jeanne Savarino Pesch ... Francesca Corleone (archive footage)
Romano Pianti ... Augustino Coppola (archive footage)
Salvatore Po ... Vincenzo Pentangeli (archive footage)
Victor Rendina ... Don Philip Tattaglia (archive footage)

Alex Rocco ... Moe Greene (archive footage)

John Savage ... Father Andrew Hagen (archive footage)
Janet Savarino Smith ... Kathryn Corleone (archive footage)

Vito Scotti ... Nazorine (archive footage)
Ardell Sheridan ... Mrs. Clemenza (archive footage)

Giuseppe Sillato ... Don Ciccio (archive footage)

Frank Sivero ... Genco Abbandando (archive footage)

Fay Spain ... Marcia Roth (archive footage)

Harry Dean Stanton ... F.B.I. Man #1 (archive footage)

Simonetta Stefanelli ... Apollonia Vitelli-Corleone (archive footage)
Gabriele Torrei ... Enzo the Baker (archive footage)
Amerigo Tot ... Michael's Bodyguard (archive footage)
Leopoldo Trieste ... Signor Roberto (archive footage)

Saro Urzì ... Vitelli (archive footage)

Raf Vallone ... Cardinal Lamberto (archive footage)

Roman Coppola ... Young Sonny Corleone (archive footage) (uncredited)
Anthony Gounaris ... Anthony Vito Corleone (archive footage) (uncredited)

Sonny Grosso ... Cop with McCluskey (archive footage) (uncredited)
Louis Guss ... Don Zaluchi (archive footage) (uncredited)
Randy Jurgensen ... Sonny's Killer (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tony Lip ... Wedding Guest (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mark Scarola ... Thug Attacking Fanucci (archive footage) (uncredited)

Tony Sirico ... Extra (uncredited) (archive footage)
Filomena Spagnuolo ... Extra (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Francis Ford Coppola 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Francis Ford Coppola 
Mario Puzo  novel "The Godfather"

Produced by
Francis Ford Coppola .... producer
Albert S. Ruddy .... producer
Original Music by
Carmine Coppola 
Nino Rota 
Cinematography by
Gordon Willis 
Film Editing by
Barry Malkin 
Walter Murch 
Production Design by
Dean Tavoularis 
Costume Design by
Milena Canonero 
Anna Hill Johnstone 
Theadora Van Runkle 
Alessandro Borgese .... stunt performer
Music Department
Denise Carver .... music research (uncredited)

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Rated R for violence and language
583 min | Poland:523 min (DVD) | Poland:710 min (longer version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Iceland:16 | UK:18 | UK:15 (DVD rating) | USA:R

Did You Know?

Director Francis Ford Coppola agreed to reedit The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974) into one in order to raise money for his beleaguered production Apocalypse Now (1979).See more »
Continuity: As the Corleone's pack up to move to Las Vegas, there is a real estate sign outside the compound offering the property for commercial development. Later, Michael meets Frankie Pentangeli in his father's old (redecorated) house.See more »
Don Vito Corleone:Never let anyone outside the family know what you're thinking.See more »
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25 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Alongside Star Wars, this is the best saga in motion picture, 6 May 2000
Author: kallah

The first two episodes of The Godfather have already been critically acclaimed. There's not much of a point in adding to these praises. There have been so many negative critiques of Part III that a commentary in favor of the final episode is due.

Here it is. The last of the trilogy can be appreciated for its consistency with the first two, particularly with the film's loyalty to the recurring theme of the entire saga: family.

Once lineless and rendered obscure to the plot, Lucy Mancini (original actress and all) has returned to the saga after being left behind in Part I. And she has brought a not-so-little remnant of her affair with Santino Corleone with her. Recall the scene in Part I when Sonny leaves Lucy's apartment with his henchmen to pick up his sister. That was perhaps the very moment after which the last Don Corleone was conceived.

Another one of Santino's remnants has returned to the saga in Part III: his twins (Francesca and the other one). They are now grown and still identical, and still adorable too. Remember their line in Part II, Mommy, Daddy's fighting again!" and their inclusion in the Corleone family portrait taken at Connie's wedding.

Also returning are Al Neri, Calo (the Sicilian bodyguard), Tommassino, Johnny Fontaine (voice still intact), and Sofia Coppola even though she posed as Connie's baby in Part 1. Speaking of Sofia, she arouses a touching appreciation of the scene in Part II that shows little Mary Corleone running in a hotel hallway while her parents argue inside the room. And Anthony becomes a paradox to the boy in Part I who is ostensibly imminent to be the next Godfather.

As usual, the political intrigue makes the film exciting if you're paying attention. And the very title of Part III presents a double meaning: third episode, third Godfather. Andy Garcia is perfect for the part (remember him in The Untouchables). As they say in the mob, Vincent Corleone "wears it" when he is ordained Don Corleone, Neri and others acknowledging his throne in the proper fashion. The scene chills you with nostalgia and images of Bonasera kissing Vito's hand, and Clemenza and Rocco Lampone kissing Michael's.

To be honest, Part III is rude to newcomers to the Corleone family. It's presumptuous that viewers will appreciate what's occurring without realizing that this will be the first time many even see a Godfather flick. This is also why so many critics bashed Part III. They critique it as an individual feature instead of an integral episode to a classic saga. Okay, okay...

The shortcomings of Part III comprise the main reason why the Trilogy version must be viewed to appreciate the Godfather saga. Like Phantom Menace, The Godfather Part III is empty without the rest of the story (even though Menace can stand alone better). Yet, like Star Wars, The Godfather is a classic of classics in literature, performance, and cinema: the best in motion picture history.

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