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The Godfather: Part III (1990)

The Godfather Part III (original title)
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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:
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
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Storyline

In the final installment 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 protege's love affair with his daughter. Written by ahmetkozan

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Real power can't be given. It must be taken. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | German | Latin

Release Date:

25 December 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Death of Michael Corleone See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$54,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,387,271, 25 December 1990

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)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby SR (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The initial draft for this film had Tom Hagen in it. Robert Duvall wanted $5 million to reprise this role. Paramount Pictures turned him down, and the part was re-cast and altered for George Hamilton to play the new Hagen-like character, lawyer B.J. Harrison. A line of dialogue was inserted that explained Hagen had died several years before. See more »

Goofs

Vincent points out to his cousin that Vito Corleone started as a lowly delivery boy at the Genco Olive Oil Company. In fact, Vito was its founder. It is possible, however, that Vincent was thinking of Vito's tenure at the Abbandando Grocery Store, where he in fact was a delivery boy. It was where he met his friend and future partner Genco Abbandando, after whom their joint venture was named. 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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Crazy Credits

"Dedicated to Charlie Bluhdorn who inspired it." See more »

Alternate Versions

The version shown on the Bravo network in 2007 features a montage of clips from the first two Godfather films before the opening credits. Deleted footage of Michael sitting alone contemplatively from Part II is interspersed throughout the montage. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: David Duchovny/Rod Stewart (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

SANTA ROSALIA
from "LA BARONESSA DI CARINI"
Performed by Grace Farrugia, Maria Tulumello, Vincenzina Galante & Josephine Attardo
Courtesy of Global Village Music N.Y. Cassettes and Compact Discs
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Focuses more on who we all know is the TRUE main character of the series, and that's why it's my favourite.
15 May 2001 | by Howlin WolfSee all my reviews

Castigate me if you will for saying this, but I believe part 3 to be the best of the series. It's a very close run thing, with each film receiving the same rating from me (8), but it benefits from being a more intense study of ONE character rather than trying to divide its time between several, as the other two did. That character of course is Michael Corleone; and when he's played by an actor of such class as Pacino, the movie can't fail. Michael has always been the most interesting character of the series for me, and is the fulcrum around which the entire series revolves; more so than Marlon Brando, who was nevertheless the first to essay the character of 'the Don'. It's fascinating to watch events unfold now that he is finally a willing head of the 'family', trying to emulate his father.

I did as is recommended and watched all 3 consecutively, so my ultimate preference for this one can't be explained by having forgotten how good the other two were. IMO, this is a superior film on its own merits, which have nothing to do with the 15yr (I think) gap between sequels.

Andy Garcia is a great addition to the cast as the cocksure Vincent, and Sophia Coppola, despite what you may have heard, is fine here too as Mary.

She is also very beautiful.

The entire trilogy is a series which demands to be seen by all those who call themselves film fans, and the third is not a blight on the other two, but rather a quality addition that enriches far more than it detracts.


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