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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 City and Italy in 1979, aging Mafia Don Michael Corleone seeks to avow for his sins, while taking his nephew Vincent Mancini under his wing.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Don Michael Corleone
... Kay Adams Michelson
... Connie Corleone Rizzi
... Vincent Mancini
... Don Altobello
... Joey Zasa
... B.J. Harrison
... Grace Hamilton
... Mary Corleone
... Cardinal Lamberto
... Anthony Vito Corleone
... Archbishop Gilday
... Al Neri
... Frederick Keinszig
... Dominic Abbandando
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Storyline

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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All the power on earth can't change destiny. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$54,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,387,271, 25 December 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$66,666,062

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$136,766,062
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Duvall turned down the one million dollars the studio offered to re-create his role of Tom Hagen. Duvall did not feel that his proposed salary was commensurate with what Al Pacino and Diane Keaton were getting (five million dollars and one and a half million dollars, respectively). The character was subsequently written out. Duvall later defended his position, on the grounds that the only reason why anyone wanted to make another Godfather movie after so many years, was to make money. See more »

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There are numerous errors in the use of Latin by priests in the film. In Saint Patrick's where Michael Corleone is honored by the Church, the presiding clergyman pronounces the Latin word et ("and") as "ay", rhyming with "day", as if it were French. It is in fact pronounced like it's spelled, to rhyme with "wet" and "pet." Later when Cardinal Lamberto (later Pope John Paul I) absolves Michael Corleone, he ends with the standard "in the name of the Father," etc., in Latin. But he wraps it up saying "et Spiritus Sanctus." The correct Latin is "et Spiritus Sancti." But Spiritus is not a nominative, it's the genitive (possessive) singular of a fourth declension noun, and the correct form of the adjective is Sancti. Of course these very mistakes won't be noticed by many viewers, but they will be noticed by anybody who took first year Latin and/or had any training in the Church. See more »

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[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 »

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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Breakthrough Stars of 1991 (1991) See more »

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TO EACH HIS OWN
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Performed by Al Martino
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It really isn't that bad..
11 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

Having heard the endless amount of critique and insults that the last part of the Godfather saga carries.. I have to disagree. Although people seem to love to hate Sophie Coppola and say she ruined the film, I think her part alone wasn't that frail it'd ruin the entire cinematic experience. Saying that is just humorous. Also, the absence of Tom Hagen played by Robert Duvall is really a loss and even I think this film would've been a lot better if there was him in it.. but he got too greedy and couldn't make it into the movie, and that's that. I'm not going to judge a movie by what it could have been, but what it is and how good it ends up being.

Despite some shortcomings, Godfather Part 3 is a decent ending to the trilogy. While it may have been an attempt to cash off the audience, they still have Coppola bring us his finest directing. I found Al Pacino's performance extremely satisfying and even terrifyingly so. He embodies the mistakes and losses of his life with excellent skill, showing us a don that has lost his health, the loved ones of his life and even the respect for himself. While I never found Diane Keaton's performances in the saga that good, she still fills the spot required, same goes for Talia Shire, whose role in the ending finale of the film really came as a surprise to me - which was a good thing. I didn't find her role in Part 2 too appealing but in this one she has more character, more importance. Sophie Coppola was OK, like I said a lot of people have complained about her acting skills and I gotta admit she was a little "stiff" or sorts in some scenes but it's not notable all the time and it didn't spoil any moods for me. Andy Carcia was just excellent, my favorite add to the saga cast, playing the son of his father with excellence.

So, umm.. this film is perfectly fine. The ending finale was tremendously well shot and very climatic, filled with a lot of excitement. I'm telling you this movie is a great ending to the saga even because of that one particular scene so just go see it, despite what a lot of people have said about, badmouthing it for faulty reasons.. it brought a tear into my eye. It did.


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