Director: Francis Ford Coppola Cast: Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Sofia Coppola, Andy Garcia, Eli Wallach, Joe Mantegna, Bridget Fonda, Raf Vallone, Franc D’Ambrosio, Donal Donnelly, Richard Bright, Helmut Berger, Don Novello
Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Andy Garcia); Best Director (Francis Ford Coppola); Best Cinematography; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration; Best Film Editing; Best Original Song (Carmine Coppola & John Bettis for “Promise Me You’ll Remember”)
I First Saw In: c. 2010
Synopsis: In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in New York and Italy in 1979, aging Mafia don Michael Corleone seeks to avow for his sins while taking a young protégé under his wing.
Did You Know? Sofia Coppola plays Michael Corleone’s adult daughter in this film, but she played his infant niece in The Godfather. Winona Ryder was initially slated to play his daughter but she withdrew so that she could act in Edward Scissorhands.
Quotables: MICHAEL CORLEONE: Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in.
And now a Word from the Guise:
Sofia Coppola gives a deplorably vapid performance; all of her lines are said as though she’s reading her lines out loud for the first time. She should stick to writing and directing. Though, I don’t think she should shoulder all of the blame. Francis Ford Coppola should have quit while he was ahead. The Godfather: Part III is the bastard son of The Godfather story. It’s tedious and nothing new; the film climaxes in the deaths of several people in various gruesome ways. The only part of this film that I liked was the opera sequence at the end.
Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233