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The Godfather Part III
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Not the best way to end the Godfather trilogy.
Genre: Crime
Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola
Produced By: Francis Ford Coppola
Written By: Mario Puzo
Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Al Pacino
Diane Keaton
Talia Shire
Andy García
Eli Wallach
Joe Mantegna
Bridget Fonda
George Hamilton
Sofia Coppola
Cinematography: Gordon Willis
Distributed By: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: December 20, 1990 (Beverly Hills)
December 25, 1990 (United States)
Runtime: 162 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $54 million
Box Office: $136.8 million
Franchise: The Godfather
Prequel: The Godfather Part II
Sequel: The Godfather Part IV (cancelled)

The Godfather Part III is a 1990 American crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from the screenplay co-written with Mario Puzo. The film stars Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, and Andy García, Eli Wallach, Joe Mantegna, Bridget Fonda, George Hamilton, and Sofia Coppola. It is the third and final installment in The Godfather trilogy.

In 2020, a re-cut version of the film, Mario Puzo's The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, was released to coincide with the original version's 30th anniversary.


In 1979, Michael Corleone is approaching 60. Wracked with guilt over his ruthless rise to power, especially for having ordered his brother Fredo's assassination, he donates millions to charitable causes. Michael and Kay are divorced; their children, Anthony and Mary, live with Kay. But when the realization strikes Micheal Corleone, he takes a tough call and decides to end his family's criminal empire. He chooses his nephew as his successor, however, the mob refuses to let him go.

Bad Qualities

NOTE: Most of the reasons below only apply to the original cuts present in theaters and the home video extended cut. The Death of Michael Corleone is good at most.

  1. The film is inferior to what made the two Godfather films look great, as it lacks the charm, charisma, and its source material from the first two films, and its novel, with tons of nonsensical and campy scenes. In fact, it felt completely different to the point that It didn't feel like a Godfather film. There are more reasons down below.
  2. Executive meddling: There was going to be a script for The Death of Michael Corleone, unfortunately, Paramount Pictures didn't like the script. As a result, Coppola changed the original script into a poorly written script.
  3. The infamous massacre scene where Joey Zasa and Don Altobello uses the helicopter and flies into Atlantic City and killing a lot of dons was very bad, and does not fit into a Godfather film at all, and one of the guys tried to use his "lucky coat" to protect himself.
  4. The movie suffers a major tone problem: TBA
  5. There is a very uncomfortable theme of incest between Mary and her cousin, and it felt extremely forceful.
  6. Sofia Coppola's was never good as Mary Corleone at all due to being a combination of a bland, emotionless, and extremely wooden character.
  7. The ending scene. While the opera ends with the audiences leaving the opera, Mary Corleone (shortly before she is killed) tells Michael why he is doing this to her, which doesn't make any sense, at all, and we got some flashbacks of it and we can see Michael, was sitting alone in an unknown year, and he slowly dies to the ground, and that's it! That's how the film literally ends!

Good Qualities

  1. The original casts from the previous two films still gave amazing performances and the cast does the best they can with the poor script.
  2. Besides the poorly written ending, Michael Corleone's silent scream and cries right after Corleone dies at the end of the movie is actually very depressing.
  3. Who's gonna win the car, your aunt?
  4. It had a recut, called Mario Puzo's The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, which is more of an improvement to it's original cut.
  5. Just like the previous two Godfather films, the cinematography is still amazing.


Critical response

On its debut, the film received fairly positive reviews from critics but was not well received by the fans of the novel, and the first two films, critics and most of the fans panned Sofia Coppola's acting, the convoluted plot, the film’s inadequacy as a "stand-alone" story, and felt nothing like the first two films of the Godfather films, leaving just a 63% audience score rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while it has a 68% critical rating on the same site, based on 63 reviews, with an average rating of 6.4/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "The final installment of The Godfather saga recalls its predecessors' power when it's strictly business, but underwhelming performances and confused tonality bring less closure to the Corleone story." On Metacritic, it had a 60/100 based on 19 critics, which indicates "mixed or average reviews".