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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As Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) ages, he finds that being the head of the Corleone crime family isn't getting any easier. He wants his family out of the Mafia, but the mob kingpin (Eli Wallach) isn't eager to let one of the most powerful and wealthy families go legit. Making matters even worse is Michael's nephew, Vincent (Andy Garcia). Not only does Vincent want a piece of the Corleone family's criminal empire, but he also wants Michael's daughter, Mary (Sofia Coppola).

Cast & Crew

Al Pacino
Don Michael Corleone
Talia Shire
Connie Corleone-Rizzi
Andy Garcia
Vincent Mancini-Corleone
Eli Wallach
Don Altobello
George Hamilton
B.J. Harrison
Bridget Fonda
Grace Hamilton
Sofia Coppola
Mary Corleone
Raf Vallone
Cardinal Lamberto
Fred Fuchs
Executive Producer
Nicholas Gage
Executive Producer
Carmine Coppola
Original Music
Gordon Willis
Cinematographer
Barry Malkin
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Walter Murch
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  • Allows us to take in the full scope of Michael Corleone's (Al Pacino) tragic journey - from optimistic military veteran to cruel crime boss to emotionally shattered old man.

    January 10, 2020 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 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.

    December 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.

    December 12, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • 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.

    December 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.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

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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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