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Many people were disappointed with this movie. . .

  • Aug 24, 2001
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+3
. . .feeling that it was a significant "comedown" after the first two. I differ in that opinion. I much preferred "Part III" to "Part II", feeling that the theme of attempted redemption and reconciliation was extremely powerful. Michael is again trying to keep his family intact, while coming under increasing fire from other organized crime figures (literally). He is consumed with guilt over the "hit" he had ordered on his brother. He is trying to remain connected with his children, and to make amends with his estranged wife. Like "Part II", this movie does a good job of trying to connect actual historical events with the fictional plot of the film. In this case, the historical sub-plot involves the surprise election and sudden death of Pope John Paul I. The weakest portion of this film (and what may well have cost it the Academy Award) was the foolish decision on the part of Francis Ford Coppola to cast his daughter Sophia in the key role of Michael's daughter. She executed one of the worst acting performances I've ever seen in my entire life (to the extent that the climax of the film became welcome!) Had a professional been cast in that role, the film would have been much more highly rated and respected. For this reviewer, that casting blunder cost this film a 5th star.

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Sixteen years after Francis Ford Coppola won his second Oscar forThe Godfather II (his first was for the 1972 Godfather), the director and star Al Pacino attempted to revive the concept one more time. Despite an elaborate plot that involves Michael Corleone seeking redemption through the Vatican while simultaneously preparing his nephew (Andy Garcia) to take over the Corleone family, the film fails to take shape as a truly meaningful experience in the way the preceding movies do. Still, Pacino is very moving as an elder Michael, filled with regret and trying hard to make amends with his wife (Diane Keaton) and grown children (one of whom is played, and not all that well, by the director's daughter, Sofia Coppola).--Tom Keogh
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Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Release Date: December 25, 1990
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Francis Ford Coppola
Runtime: 170 minutes
Studio: Paramount Pictures
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