Godfather Part III

The Godfather Part III

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Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Cast: Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire

     
 

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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

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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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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Derided by some as upon its theatrical release in 1990, the second Godfather sequel has weathered the intervening years quite gracefully, and it no longer seems as contrived or overwrought as its detractors maintained. The story begins in 1979, as Michael Corleone (Al Pacino again), having divested himself of his illegal operations, finds himself being honored by the Catholic Church for his various charitable contributions. Michael hopes to repair his fractured relationships with ex-wife Kay (Diane Keaton) and daughter Mary (Sofia Coppola, daughter of writer-director Francis Ford Coppola), but he gets sucked back into the vortex of Mob mayhem thanks to the machinations of ruthless Joey Zaza (Joe Mantegna), whose minions include Vincent (Andy Garcia), the illegitimate son of Michael’s late brother Sonny. Also involved in the intrigue is an old Italian don played by Eli Wallach, and the film’s third act brings Michael and family to their ancestral homeland for an extended confrontation that climaxes explosively against the backdrop of a colorful ballet performance. Pacino, not unexpectedly, is magnificent as the aging Godfather -- weary, physically ill, but still very much a force to be reckoned with. Despite his cold-blooded ruthlessness, Michael has finally become a sympathetic character, and Coppola takes pains to make him a tragic protagonist whose last great triumph occurs simultaneously with his most heartbreaking defeat. Garcia, whose trademark intensity rivals Pacino’s, hasn’t got all that much to do, but he acquits himself handily and contributes several memorable moments. The film’s only weak link -- and the one mentioned by critics in review after review -- is Sofia Coppola, whose performance as Mary is hopelessly inadequate. But a single supporting character doesn’t mean all that much in a movie of such epic scope, and Part III brings the Corleone saga to an altogether satisfactory conclusion.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
The Godfather Part III is both a continuation of and commentary on the first two films, reuniting stars Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, and Talia Shire, as well as writer Mario Puzo, cinematographer Gordon Willis, and production designer Dean Tavoularis. Coppola transfers the action from gray Lake Tahoe to the burnished browns and blacks of New York, as the near-mythically powerful and wealthy Michael Corleone attempts to make the family business fully legit. Violently revisiting famed set pieces, particularly Part II's Little Italy assassination and Part I's baptism, Coppola reveals the depth of Mafia corruption in hallowed institutions and the utter venality of the next mobster generation. The Corleone saga's operatic tone reaches its appropriate climax at the opera, while Michael's silent scream and lonely end eloquently attest to the psychological as well as physical cost of putting Family before family. Although Pacino's energetic gravitas earned praise and Andy Garcia's trigger-happy Vincent was a star-maker, critics hammered last-minute substitute Sofia Coppola (for ailing Winona Ryder), and the cumbersome plot. Still, The Godfather Part III earned seven Oscar nominations (including Best Picture and Willis' first nod for the groundbreakingly shot trilogy), and respectable if unspectacular grosses.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/13/2014
UPC:
0032429150080
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:50:00
Sales rank:
7,107

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Al Pacino Michael Corleone
Diane Keaton Kay Adams
Talia Shire Connie Corleone Rizzi
Andy García Vincent Mancini
Eli Wallach Don Altobello
Sofia Coppola Mary Corleone
Joe Mantegna Joey Zaza
George Hamilton B.J. Barrison
Bridget Fonda Grace Hamilton
Raf Vallone Cardinal Lamberto
Franc D'Ambrosio Anthony Corleone
Donal Donnelly Archbishop Gilday
Richard Bright Al Neri
Helmut Berger Frederick Keinszig
Don Novello Dominic Abbandando
John Savage Andrew Hagan
Franco Citti Calo
Mario Donatone Mesca
Vittorio Duse Don Tommasino
Enzo Robutti Licio Lucchesi
Michele Russo Spara
Martino Johnny Fontane
Robert Cicchini Lou Penning
Rogerio Miranda Twin Bodyguard Armand
Willie Brown Party Politician
Jessica Di Cicco Child
Maggie Goz Cafe Woman No. 2
Beppe Pianiti Keinszig Killer
Geanne Savarino Rosary and Anne Mane
Janet Savarino-Smith Kathryn Corleone
Frank Tarsia Frankie, the Bodyguard
Gabriele Torrei Enzo the Baker
Carlos Miranda Twin Bodyguard Francesco
Vito Antuofermo Anthony "The Ant" Squigliaro
Robert Vento Father John
Jeannie Linero Lucy Mancini
Remo Remotti Camerlengo Cardinal/Cardinal - Sistine
Jeanne Savarino Pesch Francesca Corleone
Tere L. Baker Teresa Hagen
Carmine Caridi Albert Volpe
Don Costello Frank Romano
Al Ruscio Leo Cuneo
Mickey Knox Marty Parisi
Rick Aviles Mark #1
Michael Bowen Mark #2
Brett Halsey Douglas Michaelson
John Abineri Hamilton Banker
Brian Freilino Stockholder
Gregory Corso Unruly Stockholder
Marino Masé Lupe
Dado Ruspoli Vanni
Valeria Sabel Sister Vincenza
Luigi Laezza Keinszig Killer
Santo Indelicato Guardie del Carpo
Francesco Paolo Bellante Autista di Don Tommasino
Paco Reconti Gesu
Mimmo Cuticchio Puppet Narrator
Richard Honigman Party Reporter
Nicky Blair Nicky the Casino Host
Anthony Guidera Anthony the Bodyguard
Diane Agostini Woman with Child at Street Fair
Catherine Scorsese Woman in Cafe
Ida Bemardini Woman in Cafe
Joe Drago Party Security
David Hume Kennerly Party Photographer
James D. Damiano Man Playing Soccer
Michael Boccio Father of Soccer Player
Simonetta Stefanelli Apollonia (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Francis Ford Coppola Director,Co-producer,Screenwriter
Milena Canonero Costumes/Costume Designer
Lawrence James Cavanaugh Special Effects
Carmine Coppola Score Composer
Steve M. Davison Stunts
Gary Fettis Set Decoration/Design
Gray Fredrickson Co-producer
Lisa Fruchtman Editor
Fred Fuchs Executive Producer
Franco Fumagalli Set Decoration/Design
Nicholas Gage Executive Producer
Marina Gefter Associate Producer
Buddy Joe Hooker Stunts
Tom Lucas Makeup
Barry Malkin Editor
Charles B. Mulvehill Co-producer
Walter Murch Editor
Vincent Patrick Screenwriter
Mario Puzo Screenwriter
Dean Riesner Screenwriter
Fred Roos Co-producer
Fabrizio Sforza Makeup
R. Bruce Steinheimer Special Effects
Alex Tavoularis Art Director
Dean Tavoularis Production Designer
Gordon Willis Cinematographer
Clive Winter Sound/Sound Designer

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The Godfather Part III 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Coppola's last Godfather movie. Pacino is, as always, professional though he played a Michael whose judgement was breathtakingly impaired if compared with Godfather II. It was a pity Coppola put his own daughter (Sofia) in a movie & allowed her to look so wooden in the role, it harmed the film too. Andy Garcia (Vincent) plays a beleivable thug with Santino's temper but not an authentic Don. Eli Wallach (Altobelli) was a neatly poisonous and treacherous avuncular figure. Raf Vallone (Lamberto) still sports a beguiling pumpkin smile. As a sequel to the two great movies, I and II, this one has little to commend it. The pros do what they can but the plot is somewhat muddled and much of the movie is spent in regretful reflection by Pacino. Odd because he uses the line ''It's the price we pay for the life we've chosen.'' You'd think he'd beleive it himself by now. Robert Duvall was sadly missed as Mikey's right-hand man. The wet-jobs (assassinations) were poor in logistic terms and execution (no pun intented). A minor point but when we are told someone is ''the best'' or ''never fails'' then let's see what ''the best'' looks like. Summing up; Michael realises that violence begats more violence and try as he might he can't wipe away the sins of the past and disentangle himself from the brutal criminality which made him so wealthy and thus powerful. Not really a competitor for it's forerunners, handy if you want to burn 3 hours though.
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Personally, I do not agree with the people who said that the 3rd installment in the Godfather trilogy was a disappointment. I actually felt that it was very good, and I loved the ending. However, though, I felt that the plot was slightly difficult to understand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film isn't really as horrible as it was made to be at the time, but it's also still a poor successor to the first two Godfather films. Part of the fault lies with Francis Ford Coppola, who was a markedly different director post-''Apocalypse Now'' [that silly helicopter attack in Atlantic City would never have made it into the first two]. The rest of the fault lies with Al Pacino, who despite still being a masterful actor, shows none of the cold-blooded subtlety that made Michael Corleone such a memorable screen character. Instead he's in full ''HOO-HAH'' mode, as though this were a warm-up for his Oscar-winning role in ''Scent of a Woman.'' Andy Garcia and Eli Wallach are great additions to the ensemble, it's fantastic to see Diane Keaton back again, and the less said about George Hamilton and Sofia Coppola the better.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this was a good movie. Now beyond that their are many little things. The plot was kind of confusing. And in all of my life i have never seen a worse ending it ticked me off so much to see Micheal Carleone die like that. Other than that it was a really good movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
what do you get when you have the acting talents or andy garica, al pacino, and diane keaton.a 5 star movie....... what do yuo get when you have the acting talents of george hamilton, joe mantagna, and sophia coppola...a 1 star movie.... add them together and u have a 5 i miss robert duvall, they shuld make a spin off of it with tom hagen as the lead....or not
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best movies ever. Pacino is awesome. This of is great on it's own because of it's differences from the other movies. Vincent was Andy Garcia's best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ditto to the previous review. I want to add: What was with the incest plot? And WHY did Michael Corleone die blind and alone? This sequel blew.