The Godfather: Part III

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The Godfather: Part III
The Godfather Part III poster.jpg
Genre: Crime

Family Drama

Photography: Color
Running Time: 162 Minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: December 25, 1990
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Written by: Francis Ford Coppola
Mario Puzo
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Starring: Al Pacino
Talia Shire
Andy García
Sofia Coppola

Eli Wallach

Previous film: The Godfather: Part II
Next film: The Godfather: Part IV (cancelled)

The Godfather Part III is a 1990 American crime film written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, and directed by Coppola.


The movie begins in 1979, with a brief flashback establishing the long and tragic history of criminal activity within, and by, the Corleone family. Much has changed. Michael Corleone (Pacino) is now approaching 60 and feels tremendous guilt for indulging in his ruthless ambition many years ago. Although his previous conquests have made him a very rich man, the thoughts of his children, their future, happiness, and his legacy are the only things keeping him going. His adopted brother Tom Hagen is now dead.

Why It Rocks

  1. The immensely beautiful story of family with the lives of father & son being juxtaposed and paralleled in such a poetic and Shakesperian manner, making for one of the greatest stories in cinematic history.
  2. Fantastic writing.
  3. Beautiful and haunting score.
  4. Masterful cinematography.

Bad Qualities

  1. Sofia Coppola's performance isn't that good. However, she's gone on to be a famous director, like her father.


At Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a generally positive response with a 68% "fresh" rating. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 60, based on 19 reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews".

The Godfather Part III is almost unanimously considered to be the weakest of the three Godfather films.