An ambitious priest seduces a nun and leads the Vatican into shady business during and after World War II.

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Father John Flaherty
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Clara
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Cardinal Santoni
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Don Vito Appolini
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Ludovico 'Lodo' Varese (as Joseph Cortese)
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Cardinal Vinci
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John Flaherty is a young and ambitious American priest who arrives in the Papal sovereign city state of the Vatican in 1944 to take his holy orders as a Catholic priest. After distinguishing himself in combat in the World War II battlefields of northern Italy, he's assigned as the Vatican treasurer. With the Vatican strapped for money during the war, Flaherty soon makes illegal business deals with a corrupt U.S. Army sergeant named Varese, who deals goods on the local black market, which is connected to a ruthless Sicilian mobster named Don Appolini. Appolini agrees to fund Flaherty's operation for profit through his Swiss bank connections. Flaherty's mentor, Cardinal Santoni, the secretary to the elderly but powerful Pope, learns of Flaherty's business deals, but covers for Flaherty in order for them to rise in the ranks of the church against Santoni's rival, Cardinal Vinci. But Flaherty's double life as a black marketeer and priest takes a turn when he falls in love with a young ... Written by Anonymous

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Forgive me, Father for I have sinned. I have killed for my Country, I have stolen for my Church, I have loved a Woman, and I am a Priest.

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Because of his role as a priest in this movie, Christopher Reeve was once considered for the Richard Chamberlain role in The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years (1996), the sequel to The Thorn Birds (1983), the latter, which is well known for being about the forbidden relationship between a priest and a woman, actually debuted after Monsignor (1982), which also examines such a coupling. Reeve would later play a priest again in the tele-movie Mortal Sins (1992). See more »

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Not long into the film, Reeve, at the Vatican, is asked by his Boston bishop, who actually seems to be dressed as a cardinal, Robert Prosky to follow him.He does, and is hat less. They stroll in the "Vatican" gardens, which appear to be the Villa Borghese gardens, When Reeve's told an army buddy is there to see him, he runs off. They jeep to a mafia stronghold of black market stockpiles. Reeve gets out of the jeep, suddenly with his wide brim black hat. See more »

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Geat movie
19 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have read some of the negative comments on this film, they must have been written by staunch Catholics. One person said Miss Bujolds career was ruined by this movie if that is so it is a shame.

I have watched this Movie many times. Monsignor delves into the many aspects of human sin and how we all fail God every moment of every day that we live. I think those who dislike this film have latched onto the notion that nuns and priest are perfect,they should pick up the paper.

Monsignor is a sad film but a good one,sad because of the longings of the heart not fulfilled. This film hit home with me because of the many times our deepest longings go unfulfilled.

This movie also had many redemptive qualities to it. I also think I liked it because it did not go the way I wanted it to.


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