The Godfather, Part III

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The final installment of The Godfather saga recalls its predecessors' power when it's strictly business, but underwhelming performances and confused tonality brings less closure to the Corleone story.



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After a break of more than 15 years, director Francis Ford Coppola and writer Mario Puzo returned to the well for this third and final story of the fictional Corleone crime family. Two decades have passed, and crime kingpin Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), now divorced from his wife Kay (Diane Keaton), has nearly succeeded in keeping his promise that his family would one day be "completely legitimate." A philanthropist devoted to public service, Michael is in the news as the recipient of a special award from the Pope for his good works, a controversial move given his checkered past. Determined to buy redemption, Michael and his lawyer B.J. (George Hamilton) are working on a complicated but legal deal to bail the Vatican out of looming financial troubles that will ultimately reap billions and put Michael on the world stage as a major financial player. However, trouble looms in several forms: The press is hostile to his intentions. Michael is in failing health and suffers a mild diabetic stroke. Stylish mob underling Joey Zaza (Joe Mantegna) is muscling into the Corleone turf. "The Commission" of Mafia families, represented by patriarch Altobello (Eli Wallach) doesn't want to let their cash cow Corleone out of the Mafia, though he has made a generous financial offer in exchange for his release from la cosa nostra. And then there's Vincent Mancini (Andy Garcia), the illegitimate and equally temperamental son of Michael's long-dead brother Sonny. Vincent desperately wants in to the family (both literally and figuratively), and at the urging of his sister Connie (Talia Shire), Michael welcomes the young man and allows him to adopt the Corleone name. However, a flirtatious attraction between Vincent and his cousin, Michael's naïve daughter Mary (Sofia Coppola) develops, and threatens to develop into a full-fledged romance and undo the godfather's future plans.

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Al Pacino
as Michael Corleone
Andy Garcia
as Vincent Mancini
Eli Wallach
as Don Altobello
Joe Mantegna
as Joey Zasa
Diane Keaton
as Kay Adams
Talia Shire
as Connie Corleone Rizzi
George Hamilton
as B.J. Harrison
Bridget Fonda
as Grace Hamilton
Sofia Coppola
as Mary Corleone
Raf Vallone
as Cardinal Lamberto
Franc D'Ambrosio
as Anthony Corleone
Donal Donnelly
as Archbishop Gilday
Helmut Berger
as Frederick Keinszig
Don Novello
as Dominic Abbandando
John Savage
as Andrew Hagen
Vittorio Duse
as Don Tommasino
Enzo Robutti
as Licio Lucchesi
Al Martino
as Johnny Fontane
Robert Cicchini
as Lou Pennino
Rogerio Miranda
as Armand, Twin Bodyguard
Carlos Miranda
as Francesco, Twin Bodyguard
Vito Antuofermo
as Anthony `The Ant' Squigliaro
Robert Vento
as Father John
Willy Brown
as Party Politician
Jeannie Linero
as Lucy Mancini
Remo Remotti
as Camerlengo Cardinal
Jeanne Savarino Pesch
as Francesca Corleone
Janet Savarino-Smith
as Kathryn Corleone
Tere L. Baker
as Teresa Hagen
Carmine Caridi
as Albert Volpe
Don Costello
as Frank Romano
Al Ruscio
as Leo Cuneo
Mickey Knox
as Matty Parisi
Brett Halsey
as Douglas Michelson
Gabriele Torrei
as Enzo the Baker
John Abineri
as Hamilton Banker
Brian Freilino
as Stockholder
Gregory Corso
as Unruly Stockholder
Valeria Sabel
as Sister Vincenza
Santo Indelicato
as Guardia del Corpo
Francesco Paolo Bellante
as Autista di Don Tommasino
Mimmo Cuticchio
as Puppet Narrator
Richard Honigman
as Party Reporter
Nicky Blair
as Nicky the Casino Host
Anthony Guidera
as Anthony, the Bodyguard
Frank Tarsia
as Frankie, the Bodyguard
Diane Agostini
as Woman with Child at Street Fair
Joseph Drago
as Party Security
David Hume Kennerly
as Party Photographer
James D. Damiano
as Son Playing Soccer
Michael Boccio
as Father of Soccer Player
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Critic Reviews for The Godfather, Part III

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (19)

  • The film is a slow fuse with a big bang -- one that echoes through every family whose own tragedy is an aching for things past and loved ones lost.

    Mar 28, 2011 | Full Review…
  • The movie, a heady thicket of political intrigue and double crosses, is slower, talkier, and more prosaic than the first two films, and its narrative seams sometimes show. And yet it's more than the sum of its mazelike convolutions.

    Dec 12, 2007 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • The Godfather Part III matches its predecessors in narrative intensity, epic scope, socio-political analysis, physical beauty and deep feeling for its characters and milieu.

    Dec 12, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • Represents a certain moral improvement over its predecessors by refusing to celebrate and condemn violence and duplicity in the same breath, or at least to the same degree.

    Dec 12, 2007 | Full Review…
  • The acting is merely passable, several characters are given nothing to do, and Michael's paranoid self-pity lends the film an absurd morality: Coppola expects us to sympathise with the semblance of virtue.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Most film sequels are strictly optional. The Godfather Part III is inevitable, and as such it's irresistible.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for The Godfather, Part III

  • Mar 27, 2016
    While it may seem unnecessary at times and Sofia Coppala does a extremely poor job, The Godfather Part 3 is still a emotionally powerful and satisfying conclusion to the Godfather trilogy.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2015
    Obviously, this is the weak one in the series. It's still a solid film, but considering the rest of the franchise, there's no doubt that it's viewed in a negative light. On its own though, it's not a bad movie.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2014
    "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in." Francis Ford Coppola teams up with Mario Puzo one last time to conclude the story of Michael Corleone with The Godfather Part III. Haunted by the death of his brother and seeking redemption, Michael Corleone dedicates his life to Catholic charities and sees an opportunity to take the Corleone family legit by buying a controlling share in Immobiliare, a multibillion dollar European real estate trust; but Michael soon finds himself drawn into another mob war after an assassination attempt on his life. Al Pacino gives another strong performance, as does Talia Shire and Joe Mantegna. Even Sofia Coppola, whose performance is much maligned, isn't that bad when she's not stuck in the horribly ill-conceived cousin romance subplot. But aside from the romance, which The Godfather films have never done well, the plot is intriguing and takes the series in an interesting direction. While the shadows of its processors loom large, The Godfather Part III is an incredibly well-crafted and compelling film that serves as a fitting epilogue to this sage.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2013
    It is likely the most maligned movie of all time but I actually enjoyed Godfather III quite a bit. It isn't the masterpiece that I and II are but Pacino is fabulous as the Carleone who tries to make the business legitimate.
    John B Super Reviewer

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