Based on the real-life ordeal of Baltimore priest Bernard Pagano, who was fingered by a witness as a holdup man. During a lineup, several other witnesses confirm this.

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Father Bernard Pagano
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Doris
Jerry Zaks ...
Carl Schnee
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Detective Esposito
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Marjorie Seebode
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Monsignor Nicholson
Arthur French ...
Doerfler
Ed Van Nuys ...
L. Dene Wedge Jr.
Joe Ponazecki ...
Ron Clouser
Frances Chaney ...
Rona Mintz
Sheila K. Adams ...
Carole Slintak
Joyce Reehling ...
Jennifer Pollock
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Charlie
Marta Heflin ...
Marie
Scotty Bloch ...
Theresa
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Based on the real-life ordeal of Baltimore priest Bernard Pagano, who was fingered by a witness as a holdup man. During a lineup, several other witnesses confirm this.

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6 May 1981 (USA)  »

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The Bandit Priest  »

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The Reverend Bernard Pagano (portrayed by Ralph Waite) was a Roman Catholic priest wrongly suspected of committing nine robberies in which an otherwise polite man held a gun on store clerks and demanded money. A woman who claimed to have been Pagano's lover gave his name to the police. See more »

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Straight forward made for TV Movie
20 February 2003 | by (Glasgow, UK) – See all my reviews



Ralph Waite plays a priest wrongly charged of doing robberies of convenience stores. Jerry Zaks plays a Jewish lawyer who takes his case and sets about proving his innocence. Supposedly a true story it's a by the numbers movie. Waite is his usual appealing self, the sort of guy who reminds you of your grand father. Zaks, who I've never seen before,(looks a bit like Peter McNicol) is perhaps the star of the show with a good performance. The film is worth watching once if you like watching Ralph Waite, but it is perhaps 10 minutes to long.


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