The Godfather: Part III (1990)

R   |    |  Crime, Drama

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Follows Michael Corleone, now in his 60s, as he seeks to free his family from crime and find a suitable successor to his empire.


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10 October 1999 | Duck II
Terribly disappointed
In some ways it was wonderful seeing some of the original cast members (Pacino, Keaton, Shire) reprising their memorable roles. But in a lot of ways this third installment was just not necessary. If it was all about revealing Michael's wounded mind, and ensuring that he was 'punished for his sins', that was done (quite well, and in a much less graphic way) in Part II: You could tell he was undone in the very last scene. Part III was just overkill.

There were a few casting problems, as well. Sofia Coppola was just terrible, absolutely painful to watch. George Hamilton made the film look like a made-for-TV movie every time he appeared: What was he doing there?? I sure did miss Robert Duvall! The saving graces were Talia Shire as Connie getting her chance to dominate. Andy Garcia, though he didn't have the opportunity to really take off, was a lot of fun to watch.

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Many fans of the film were upset that the song "Brucia La Terra", which Anthony sang to Michael early in the film, was omitted from the soundtrack CD.


Michael Corleone: 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 ...


The opening scene at the church, where Michael is given the award, Mary is wearing a veil in the close ups, but not wearing it in the long shots.

Alternate Versions

In conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the release of the original version, a new and shorter 158-minute version of the movie was reedited and reissued by Francis Ford Coppola under the original intended title Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. Coppola calls it his definitive and intended version acting as a proper epilogue instead of a sequel. The breakdown of changes are as follows:

  • Alternate opening: The meeting between Michael and Archbishop Gilday, originally at the start of the second act is now put at the start. It is the same abridged version as it was previously before proceeding to the hotel party sequence. The first-half of Michael's voice over letter to Anthony and Mary has been removed ("My dear children, it has been several years since I moved to New York...). As a result of the new opening, the Lake Tahoe flashback and Michael's papal honor ceremony in the original version have been removed entirely.
  • Two more scenes from the original version have been removed as it was deemed superfluous; the chapel scene with Vincent, Al Neri and Connie and then the meeting between Michael and Oswaldo Altobello in his medical ward.
  • In the hotel party sequence, the end of the singing by Connie and Abbadando whistling is replaced with more shots of Michael at the banquet table so that the focus is more on him.
  • To make clear of Michael's diabetes condition, Connie now exclaims "Michael. No, it's his diabetes!!" when he suffers his seizure.
  • The killing of Lucchesi by Calo is now shown much more bloodied and in full as it was intended.
The following scenes have been shortened by Coppola to make it tighter:
  • Snippets removed from the New York shareholders press conference: A line by Michael (...."helping your fellow man is profitable in every sense, personally and bottom line."); a committee member's disagreement ("The Hamilton Group cannot support this proposal!"); and the Archbishop's pronouncement. Some of the shots in the original version of the scene have been shifted in the new cut.
  • The first part of Mary and Michael's rooftop meeting after the shareholder's press conference is omitted ("Tony says I'm a front for the foundation, that you're using me to pull the strings..").
  • The beginning of Michael and Oswaldo's meeting in the limousine is omitted ( "As your family's oldest friend, I'm always chosen..."), and goes straight to point.
  • In the Atlantic City massacre, Oswaldo's Italian expression before he leaves ("He doesn't know what he's"...) and Don Cuneo's death were omitted.
  • The garden conversation between Michael, Mary and Anthony now ends abruptly. After Michael demands her to obey him, she now says "I can't!".
  • After Vincent has been introduced to Lucchesi by Altobello, it immediately goes to Michael's meeting with Cardinal Lamberto. A remark by Altobello followed by Don Tomassino being helped out of the car has been removed.
  • The second-half of Oswaldo's meeting with Mosca the assassin ending with a toast has been removed. ("It's dangerous. A famous man. You'll have to take precautions..")
  • The first-half of Michael's soliloquy about Tommasino following his assassination has been removed. ("You could have lived a little longer. I could be closer to my dream...")
  • When Vincent is persuaded by Connie to take over Michael it ends earlier. Originally, he kisses her hand as to seal the agreement.
  • Some of the silent moments of Michael have been shortened when he finally hands over his reigns to Vincent including a line by him "You look pale. Bad news? Tell me right away."
  • At the end of the opera, three snippets have been removed: Vincent complementing Anthony for his performance, Mary confronting Michael one last time ("Dad, why are you doing this to me!"), and then Spara's distraction to allow Mosca to attempt his shot on Michael.
  • Alternate ending: Coppola stated in an interview that he wanted the new ending to be more heartbreaking. Here, old Michael doesn't die physically as shown in the original version's ending. The flashback removes Michael's dancing with Apollonia and Kay. He merely puts on his sunglasses and then a Sicilian proverb card simply closes the film: "When the Sicilians wish you 'Cent'anni', it means 'to a long life'... and a Sicilian never forgets."


Promise Me You'll Remember
Music by
Carmine Coppola
Lyrics by John Bettis
Performed by Harry Connick Jr.
Harry Connick, Jr. courtesy of Columbia Records


Plot Summary

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Crime | Drama


Release Date:

25 December 1990


English, Italian, German, Latin

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Palazzo Farnese, Caprarola, Viterbo, Lazio, Italy

Box Office


$54,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,387,271 25 December 1990

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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