MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 188 this week

Monsignor (1982)

 -  Crime | Drama | War  -  22 October 1982 (USA)
5.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.0/10 from 631 users  
Reviews: 17 user | 7 critic

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

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 109 titles
created 12 Nov 2011
 
a list of 10000 titles
created 26 Jun 2012
 
a list of 205 titles
created 05 Apr 2013
 
a list of 123 titles
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 2675 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Monsignor" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Monsignor (1982)

Monsignor (1982) on IMDb 5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Monsignor.
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Staff and students at a rural school react to a warning of an imminent nuclear attack, not knowing whether it is real or mistaken.

Director: Frank Perry
Stars: Jane Connell, William Daniels, James Frawley
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A Navy Captain uses his experimental Snark to reach a nuclear submarine stuck on an ocean ledge.

Director: David Greene
Stars: Charlton Heston, David Carradine, Stacy Keach
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An ex-newspaper woman who is now a suburban housewife can't resist getting involved in an investigation of the murder of a philandering dentist who had been having affairs with several of her neighbors.

Director: Frank Perry
Stars: Susan Sarandon, Raul Julia, Edward Herrmann
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A television news chief courts his anchorwoman ex-wife with an eleventh-hour story.

Director: Ted Kotcheff
Stars: Kathleen Turner, Burt Reynolds, Christopher Reeve
The Rose and the Jackal (TV Movie 1990)
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Union detective Allan Pinkerton falls in love with an aristocrat caught spying for the Confederacy.

Director: Jack Gold
Stars: Christopher Reeve, Madolyn Smith Osborne, Granville Van Dusen
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to find the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Stars: Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer
Hello Again (1987)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A suburban housewife chokes to death and is brought back to life by a spell cast by her wacky sister.

Director: Frank Perry
Stars: Shelley Long, Judith Ivey, Gabriel Byrne
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A paralyzed cop takes advantage of the sympathy he attracts in order to get rid of his cheating wife and her lover.

Director: Steven Schachter
Stars: Christopher Reeve, Joe Mantegna, Kim Cattrall
Deathtrap (1982)
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A Broadway playwright puts murder in his plan to take credit for a student's script.

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, Dyan Cannon
'Doc' (1971)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

One night of 1881, Doc Holliday, a famous poker gambler, enters the 'No Name Saloon'. There, he challenges a man to poker, betting his horse against his opponent's wife. Doc wins and from ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Perry
Stars: Stacy Keach, Faye Dunaway, Harris Yulin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A divorcee moves her family cross-country to take her paralyzed son to a pioneer neurosurgeon.

Director: Deborah Reinisch
Stars: Judith Light, Tom Irwin, Christopher Reeve
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A Hollywood actress undergoes a psychic breakdown and recalls the traumatic events which led to her stay at a sanitarium.

Director: Frank Perry
Stars: Tuesday Weld, Anthony Perkins, Tammy Grimes
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Father John Flaherty
...
Clara
...
Cardinal Santoni
...
Don Vito Appolini
...
Ludovico 'Lodo' Varese (as Joseph Cortese)
...
Cardinal Vinci
...
...
Father Francisco
...
Bishop Walkman (as Robert J. Prosky)
...
Pvt. Joe Musso
Milena Vukotic ...
Sister Verna
Ian Danby ...
Lieutenant
Gregory Snegoff ...
1st Soldier
Harrison Muller Jr. ...
2nd Soldier
David Mills ...
Major
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

priest | catholic | nun | money | sicilian | See All (61) »

Taglines:

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.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 October 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Monseñor  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Actor Christopher Reeve blamed the film's poor box-office and critical reception on the picture's editing. Reeve also once said of this film's failure: "Monsignor should have been a good movie, and it just went off the track for reasons that I don't want to embarrass a lot of people by discussing. The way it was released, the movie is sort of a series of outrageous incidents that you find hard to believe. Since they don't have a focus, and since they aren't justified and explained, they become laughable." See more »

Goofs

At Fr. Flaherty's ordination, the presiding bishop speaks of "several of the young priests we have today ordained" enlisting as military chaplains. The shot then shows him and his fellow ordinands listening to the bishop's address, but all of them are wearing wearing their stoles over their left shoulders. This is the style appropriate to deacons; if they had been ordained, their stoles should be hanging around their necks. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood vs. Religion (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Serenade in Blue
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played at the wedding reception
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The cardinal
14 February 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

It's inconceivable that a director like Frank Perry could have been associated with "Monsignor". Mr. Perry was a man responsible for some good movies in the sixties and seventies. Who knows what might have attracted him to direct this high camp picture that should be better forgotten.

The plot of the movie is preposterous, at best. The point the movie is trying to make is how the Catholic Church makes a perfect partner with the Mafia, something that could only make sense to the author of the novel. The second theme deals with the way Flaherty falls in love with the novice Clara, and how he keeps from her the secret of his identity, which is obvious, as the pair move in the same circles, so it would be inevitable for the young woman to find out who her lover really is.

"Monsignor" wastes two hours in trying to make sense without success. The cast does what it can trying to give life to these one dimensional characters they were asked to bring to life for the movie. Not even the musical score by John Williams does anything to help the movie.

Future viewers are warned as to what to expect.


7 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Truth of Fiction Nobby21
Rings- catholic hiarchy netwerk023
Discuss Monsignor (1982) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?