Godfather Part 3

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by Richard on 1/7/2009

I loved the first two movies but the third just is not as good. The acting is fine and the cinematography is great but the story was just not there. The idea that Vincent (Sonny’s equally hot headed and illegitimate son) would be picked to take over the family to which he has been total estranged was only slightly less absurd than Vincent having an affair with his cousin (Michael’s daughter). I did love the story going back to Sicily. Read More

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The epic saga is now complete


Studio Paramount
SKU 40711565
UPC 097363231844
UPC 14 00097363231844
Format DVD
Release Date 8/22/2006
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Family Interaction
Organized Crime
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Francis Ford Coppola's grand finale to the epic Mafia saga once again stars Al Pacino as Michael Corleone, the aging don of the infamous Corleone family. Michael is on the verge of legitimizing the family business with the help of his nephew, Vincent Mancini (Andy Garcia). However, failing health and treacherous Mafioso colleagues Joey Zasa (Joe Mantegna) and Don Altobello (Eli Wallach) keep him immersed in the criminal life he had hoped to escape. Coppola reunited many of the same cast and crew from THE GODFATHER and THE GODFATHER, PART 2 in this continuing tale of family crime.
Plot Summary
Summary In the third film of Francis Ford Coppola's Corleone family saga, 20 years have passed and Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) is in failing health and haunted by remorse over his brother Fredo's murder. As part of his plan for legitimizing the family business, Michael contributes a large donation to the church and accepts an honor from the pope. His nephew, Vincent (Andy Garcia), becomes his protégé with the help of Connie (Talia Shire) while his own children, Anthony (Franc D'Ambrosio) and Mary (Sofia Coppola), remain free from a life of crime. After selling his casinos and laundering his money through the Vatican, Michael attempts to take over a European-owned company, International Immobiliare. However, former mob colleagues Don Altobello (Eli Wallach) and Joey Zasa (Joe Mantegna) force his return to the underworld, and Vincent's brash temper almost starts a mob war. In Sicily, Michael instructs Vincent to form an alliance with his enemy, Don Altobello. Many of the same cast from Coppola's first two films are back in this powerful sequel. New to the series is George Hamilton, surprisingly effective as Michael's financial advisor, B. J. Harrison.
USA Today "...A good entertainment bet worthy of any moviegoer's shell-out..." 12/24/1990 p.1D
New York Times "...Valid and deeply moving....More frankly, mournfully operatic than its predecessors..." 12/25/1990 p.9
Francis Ford Coppola
Andy Garcia
Joe Mantegna
Eli Wallach
Al Pacino
Cast & Crew
Al Pacino - Actor
Andy Garcia - Actor
Carmine Coppola - Musical Score
Dean Tavoularis - Production Designer
Diane Keaton - Actor
Francis Ford Coppola - Writer
Francis Ford Coppola - Producer
Francis Ford Coppola - Director
Gordon Willis - Cinematographer
Lisa Fruchtman - Editor
Mario Puzzo - Writer
Nichola Cage - Executive Producer
Talia Shire - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1990
Catalog ID 323184
UPC 00097363231844
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Golden Globe (1991) Al Pacino, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama,Andy Garcia, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture,Francis Ford Coppola, Nominee, Best Director - Motion Picture,Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo, Nominee, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture,The Godfather: Part III, Nominee, Best Motion Picture - Drama
Oscar (1991) Andy Garcia, Nominee, Best Actor in a Supporting Role,Barry Malkin, et. al., Nominee, Best Film Editing,Carmine Coppola, John Bettis ("Promise Me You'll Remember"), Nominee, Best Music, Original Song,Dean Tavoularis, Gary Fettis, Nominee, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration,Francis Ford Coppola, Nominee, Best Director,Francis Ford Coppola, Nominee, Best Picture,Gordon Willis, Nominee, Best Cinematography
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather Part III" isn't just a disappointment, it's a failure of heart
Reviewer Hal Hinson
ReviewRating 3
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Eighteen years after the first screenings of The Godfather, the long-awaited third and final chapter
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "The Godfather, Part III" continues the Corleone family history in 1979, as the sins of the parents are visited upon the children. Despite every attempt to go legit, to become respectable, the past cannot be silenced. The family has amassed unimaginable wealth, and as the film opens Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) is being invested with a great honor by the church. Later that day, at a reception, his daughter announces a Corleone family gift to the church and the charities of Sicily, "a check in the amount of $100 million." But the Corleones are about to find, as others have throughout history, that you cannot buy forgiveness...In the "Godfather" movies Coppola has made a world. Because we know it so intimately, because its rhythms and values are instantly recognizable to us, a film like "The Godfather Part III" probably works better than it should. If you stand back and look at it rationally, this is a confusing and disjointed film...We have been taught this world so well by Francis Ford Coppola that we enter it effortlessly has there ever before been a film saga so seductive and compelling, so familiar to us that even after years we remember all of the names of the players? Here, for example, is a new character, introduced as "Sonny's illegitimate son," and, yes, we nod like cousins at a family reunion, yes, he does seem a lot like Sonny...He's the same kind of hotheaded, trigger-happy lunatic.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Eighteen years after the first screenings of The Godfather, the long-awaited third and final chapter reached theaters. That it proved unable to fulfill expectations was a predictable - if somewhat disheartening - result, given the sixteen year buildup The Godfather Part III is a good movie, with moments of rare power, but it is not a great one - a reason why many fans of the series have voiced their disappointment...One of the most obvious problems with The Godfather Part III is that it covers little new territory. The plot is highly derivative of the original. This time, Michael fills Vito's role, and Vincent stands in for Michael. This method of too-obvious parallelism might have been more effective had Vincent's character been better developed. That isn't the case, however, because Michael is still the focal point...One thing that is not inferior, however, is Francis Ford Coppola's directorial flair...Despite its missteps, The Godfather Part III packs enough of a punch to deserve a place alongside its predecessors. This is no poorly-conceived curiosity. Not only does the film bring Michael Corleone's story to a conclusion, but it remains faithful to the form and style of parts I and II. Taken as one grand epic, with this chapter included, the Godfather movies represent one of the most solid, emotionally-rich tales ever committed to film.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, No Longer Produced
Desson Howe, Washington Post ...classic "Godfather" fare.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle ...lushly photographed, brilliantly acted and wonderfully entertaining...
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly ...Coppola unveils a vision of corruption that embraces the entire world, but he's also reveling in sheer theatrical magic in a way that only a master can.
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader A provocative and stirring climax to the Corleone saga, as well as an autonomous work that sometimes shows Coppola at his near best.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Only a filmmaker like Coppola (teamed with writer Mario Puzo) could extend his history-making saga and make it work so well.
Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times ...a work of high ensemble talent and intelligence, gorgeously mounted and crafted...
Variety ...matches its predecessors in narrative intensity, epic scope, socio-political analysis, physical beauty and deep feeling for its characters and milieu.

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