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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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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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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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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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| (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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At the reception, after the opening ceremony, Vincent bites Zasa's ear. Much later, in the opera house, during Anthony's performance (in "Cavalleria Rusticana" by Pietro Mascagni), he is very amused to see the scene with Turiddu biting Alfio's ear. It is not random: biting ear and drawing blood stands for fighting to the death, according to Sicillian custom. See more »

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Already in Sicily, when Michael's daughter runs away due to her father's advice to quit her relation with Vincent, Tony tries to soften the situation finally saying "She'll understand about Joey", when in fact he should have said Vincent. See more »

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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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I stayed away from this film for a long time, doing a dumb thing: listening to the well-known film critics.

When I finally got around to it, I was very surprised. It was a good film. Not great, not intense as the first two Godfather flicks, but definitely a lot better than advertised.

Many people said this was filled with anti-Roman Catholic propaganda, but I didn't it find that way. Yes, the "Vatican bank," whatever that is, was portrayed as not on the up-and-up, but it was a little confusing to follow, maybe too confusing to get offended! Actually, there were some positive things, religious-wise, with Al Pacino's character, who sought forgiveness for his past sins and made a few very profound statements such as, "What good is confession if it isn't followed by repentance?"

Anyway, Pacino's acting talents are the main attraction in the lower-key, more cerebral Godfather film. There isn't that much action but when it occurs, it's pretty violent. As with the other two films in the series, it's nicely photographed with a lot of nice brown tints.

Finally, director-writer Francis Ford Coppola took a lot of flak for putting his daughter in such an important role but I thought she (Sofia Coppola) was fine and - like this film - unfairly criticized.


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