The Godfather: Part III

During the performance of the Cavalleria Rusticana, Michael and Vincent have numerous people killed. Al Neri shoots Archbishop Gilday, two assassins suffocate and then hang Fred Keinszig and Calo manages to stab Don Lucchesi in the throat with his glasses before being shot dead by his bodyguard. Don Altobello eats the poisoned cannoli Connie gave him and slowly passes away.

After the performance, Mary tries to talk to Vincent but he shuns her again. She then turns to Michael and angrily confronts him about Vincent while the family exits the theatre.

Mosca (Altobello's assassin) shoots twice at Michael on the theatre's steps, but he only wounds him. He's then shot dead by Vincent. Mary has taken one of Mosca's bullets and can only say 'Dad...' before collapsing at her father's feet.

As Kay cries out at her daughter's demise, Michael clutches to her dead body, then rolls on his back, head in hands, before letting out a mostly-silenced yell of agony and despair, while Vincent and Connie watch helplessly in grief.

The scene shifts to flashbacks of Michael waltzing with Mary, then with Apollonia and finally with Kay, before showing Michael as an old and lonely man, sitting on a chair in the courtyard of Don Tommasino's villa. He falls limp, dropping an orange, collapses face down on the ground and passes away.


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Continuity mistake: When Kay visits Michael in hospital the oxygen tube is sometimes running under his shoulder, sometimes across the pillow. (01:07:55)


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Trivia: In New York, Vincent is showing Mary the old olive company where Don Vito Corleone once worked and then owned. An elderly white-haired lady with a friend comes up and greets them, and tells Vincent about the troubles of the neighborhood. That lady is played by Catherine Scorsese, mother of Martin Scorsese.

Allister Cooper, 2011

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Question: At the meeting in Atlantic City, what's with the dons passing around and taking from the platter of jewelry?

Answer: It shows you how greedy they are even as they've made it to the zenith of their criminal careers. That's why you see Michael pass it on disgustedly and stare blankly into the ether. Michael's goal was never to be the boss or capo di tutti capi, he only did it to protect his father and then his family, his main goal. And at that moment he realises he's never getting out. He's a business man in a world of criminals (which he is himself).

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