The Godfather: Part III

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The Godfather: Part III is a 1990 film about aging mafia don Michael Corleone, who in the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings, seeks to attone for his sins while taking a young protege under his wing.

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
Written by Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo.
All the power on earth can't change destiny. Taglines


Michael Corleone

  • [voiceover] My dear children: It is now better than several years since I moved to New York, and I haven't seen you as much as I would like to. I hope you will come to the ceremony of papal honors given for my charitable work. The only wealth in this world is children; more than all the money, power on earth, you are my treasure.
  • [kneeling at Don Tommasino's coffin] Goodbye my old friend. You could have lived a little longer, I could be closer to my dream. You were so loved, Don Tommasino. Why was I so feared, and you so loved? What was it? I was no less honorable. I wanted to do good. What betrayed me? My mind? My heart? Why do I condemn myself so? I swear, on the lives of my children: Give me a chance to redeem myself, and I will sin, no more.
  • Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.
  • Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment
  • Never let anyone know what you are thinking.
  • When they come, they'll come at what you love.
  • Your enemies always get strong on what you leave behind.
  • The higher I go, the crookeder it becomes.
  • [about Cardinal Lamberto] He should be careful. It's dangerous to be an honest man.
  • Kay, I had a very different destiny planned for us.
  • [to Mary] I would burn in hell to keep you safe.
  • Nephew, from this moment on, call yourself Vincenzo Corleone.
  • Father, I have sinned... I killed my brother... I killed my brother... I killed my mother's son... I killed my father's son...
  • [to Kay] I spent my life protecting my son; I spent my life PROTECTING MY FAMILY!!

Others

  • Joey Zasa: [during a meeting in Atlantic City] I say to all of you, I have been treated this day, with no respect. I've earned you all money. I've made you rich, and I asked for little. Good. You will not give, I'll take! As for Don, Corleone, well he makes it, very clear to me today, that he is my enemy. You must choose between us.
  • Archbishop Gilday: It seems in today's world the power to absolve debt is greater than, the power of forgiveness.
  • Dominic Abbandando: [briefing the reporters] The Pope - the Holy Father himself - has this very day blessed Michael Corleone; and you think you know better than the Pope?
  • Anthony Vito Corleone: I will always be your son, but I will never have anything to do with your business.
  • Mosca: Tell me what to do. Then I will tell you my price.
  • Albert Volpe: We should wet our beaks a little.
  • Al Neri: Look! I'd love to smack Joey Zasa and then whack the bag, Okay? But it's impossible. He's always mingling with people. In front of TV cameras, in his own neighborhood, it's impossible.
  • Calo: [delivering a message from Michael Corleone to Don Lucchesi] Power wears out those who do not have it. [stabs him]
  • Kay: You know, Michael; now that you're so respectable, I think you're more dangerous than ever. I liked you better when you were just a common Mafia hood.
  • Cardinal Lamberto: [to Michael] Your sins are terrible. It is just that you suffer. Your life could be redeemed, but I know you don't believe that. You will not change.
  • Don Altobello: The richest man is the one with the most powerful friends.
  • Don Altobello: I've lost the lust for women, and now my mind is clear.
  • Vincent Mancini: Uncle Michael, listen - I know you're into banks and Wall Street, but everyone knows you're the final word, you're like the Supreme Court. All I want to do is protect you from these guys and your lawyers can't do that.
  • Mary Corleone: [realizing she has been shot] Dad?
  • Joey Zasa: [last words] Open the door! Open the door!
  • Don Lechessi: [last words] He who builds on the people builds on mud. And Michael Corleone's message?
  • Don Altobello: [last words] E buono. Grazie, grazie.
  • Don Tommasino: [last words] I know you. You're Mosca of Montelepre. You were an assassin then, and you're an assassin now!

Dialogue

Vincent Mancini: Don Lucchesi, you are a man of finance and politics. These things I don't understand.
Don Lucchesi: You understand guns?
Vincent Mancini: Yes.
Don Lucchesi: Finance is a gun. Politics is knowing when to pull the trigger.

Vincent Mancini: [in the helicopter] I'd like to take Joey Zasa up in one of these and drop him.
Michael Corleone: Joey Zasa is nothing. He's a small-time enforcer. He bluffs, threats, but nothing. You can see him coming a mile away.
Vincent Mancini: We should kill him before he kills ...
Michael Corleone: No! Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.

B.J. Harrison: The Pope's doing exactly what you said he'd do, he's cleaning house.
Michael Corleone: He should be careful. It's dangerous to be an honest man.

Don Altobello: [regarding Vincent] This is the hero who put Joey Zasa in his grave. If we'd known of his existence, we would never have backed Joey.
Don Lucchesi: No one wants another Joe.

Don Altobello: You are my 'ace in the hole,' as we say in America. I have a stone in my shoe. You can remove it.
Mosca: Only one stone?
Don Altobello: [regarding Michael] It's dangerous. A famous man. You will have to take precautions.

Vincent Mancini: You like to gamble? Why don't we go to Atlantic City? My town. I'll show you how to gamble.
Grace Hamilton: Yeah, but I like to win. How will I know what numbers to pick?
Vincent Mancini: Do I look like a guy who's gonna lose?

Archbishop Gilday: The Pope, is gravely ill. Until he recovers, I am powerless.
B.J. Harrison: What if he dies?
Frederick Keinszig: Then, as you Americans say, all bets are off.

Michael Corleone: [Vincent has told Michael what Joey has been saying behind his back] If there is some guy running around this city saying, "Fuck Michael Corleone," what do we do with a piece of shit like that? He's a fucking dog.
Joey Zasa: [nervously] Yes it's true. If anyone would say such a thing, they would not be a friend. They would be a dog.

Don Altobello: Treachery is everywhere.
Michael Corleone: You still have your fingers on the strings, even now.

Michael Corleone: You hate me.
Kay: I don't hate you Michael, I dread you.

Don Lucchesi: It's not personal. It's business.
Michael Corleone: Very well. You want to do business with me. I will do business with you.

Connie: Now they'll fear you. Michael.
Michael Corleone: Maybe they should fear YOU!

Johnny Fontaine: It's your favorite song, Michael, where you going?
Michael Corleone: I'm just gonna go into the kitchen and listen to some Tony Bennett records.

Vincent Mancini: Well you tell him from me, that he can live, or he can die.
Michael Corleone: Vincent, will you SHUT UP?!

Vincent Mancini: I am your son. Command me in all things.
Michael Corleone: Give up my daughter. That is the price you pay for the life you choose.

Mary Corleone: I'll always love you.
Vincent Mancini: Love somebody else.

Kay: The sicker you get, the wiser you get, huh?
Michael Corleone: When I'm dead I'm gonna be really smart.

Taglines

  • All the power on earth can't change destiny.
  • Real power can't be given. It must be taken.

Cast

See also

External links

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