The Godfather Part III


(out of 5)

Sixteen years after we last heard about the Corleone family, they’re back with more mafia drama. continues his role as Michael Corleone, now an aging businessman who has left the mob behind in order to go legitimate.  When he is required to go to Italy to put the vast family fortune in order, he finds himself inexplicably drawn back into the cycle of organized crime by other wheeling, dealing gangsters who want a piece of the pie. plays Sonny Corleone’s son, a hotheaded trickster who is most likely to take over the family and ends up falling in love with his first cousin and Michael’s daughter Mary ().  The story isn’t as well layered as the first two were, it’s miles behind its predecessors though still worthy of them, a disappointing end to the trilogy but not an unfitting one. The addition of Vatican politics to the plot makes for some interesting finger pointing, and Gordon Willis’s cinematography bathes everything in a breathtaking golden hue.  Mary’s role, originally written for a then-unknown Julia Roberts, who was unavailable, then filled in by Winona Ryder, who arrived in Rome and left immediately due to illness, was eventually given to the exasperated director’s daughter; much of the eventual outcome hinges on Mary’s emotional connection to her father and to Garcia, and her inability to sell it kills a very important part of the experience.  After its theatrical release, Coppola re-edited the film for video claiming that he was rushed to get the theatrical print out by Christmas, and the second version is the one that is available to view today.

Paramount Pictures, Zoetrope Studios

USA, 1990

Directed by

Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola, , based on characters created by Mario Puzo

Cinematography by

Produced by Francis Ford Coppola

Music by 

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by , ,

Academy Award Nominations
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Andy Garcia as “Vincent Mancini”)
Best Art Direction (art direction: Dean Tavoularis; set decoration: Gary Fettis)
Best Cinematography (Gordon Willis)
Best Directing (Francis Ford Coppola)
Best Film Editing (Barry Malkin, Lisa Fruchtman, Walter Murch)
Best Music (Original Song) (“Promise Me You’ll Remember”, music by Carmine Coppola; lyric by John Bettis)
Best Picture (Francis Ford Coppola, producer)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Al Pacino)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Andy Garcia)
Best Director (Francis Ford Coppola)
Best Screenplay (Francis Ford Coppola)
Best Original Score-Motion Picture (Carmine Coppola)
Best Original Song-Motion Picture (“Promise Me You’ll Remember”, music by Carmine Coppola, lyrics by John Bettis)

Razzie Awards
Worst Supporting Actress (Sofia Coppola)
Worst New Star (Sofia Coppola)

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Francis Ford Coppola)



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