Monsignor (1982)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, War  |  22 October 1982 (USA)
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An ambitious priest seduces a nun and leads the Vatican into shady business during and after World War II.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Father John Flaherty
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 ...
Gregory Snegoff ...
1st Soldier
Harrison Muller Jr. ...
2nd Soldier
David Mills ...


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.


Crime | Drama | War


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22 October 1982 (USA)  »

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Monseñor  »

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Final English language movie of Italian actor Adolfo Celi. See more »


At the end of his Requiem Mass in the field, Father Flaherty says "Requiescat in pace." The Mass, however, was clearly celebrated (as would be expected in a war zone) for more than one person (as indicated by plural pronouns in a previous prayer). In that case, the correct verb form would be "Requiescant" and not "Requiescat." See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Hellcats (1990) See more »


(I've Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo
Music by Harry Warren
Played at the wedding reception
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27 November 2005 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

If you love bad movies this rates a 10. A sad Camp Triumph for the great, for a while, Frank Perry the director. Christopher Reeve stiffly makes no impression, as he did in most of his non superman roles. Some good European actors do what the can, for Genevieve Bujold all this amounts to is stripping naked. John Williams composes perhaps the most over the top piece of music in film history for the scene in the cathedral where sinner and saint meet. Also in the mix are some mob killing scenes leftover from a Godfather movie, actually these are the best done scenes in the film, the only ones that work. The rest is either over or under acted and done in a way that tries to be serious in a way that makes it totally campy. A better approach would have been to just go for the sleaze and make this one of those sort of exploitation sex-in-the-confession-booth films, that's really all this is at heart. In case you are a snob and think that only low budget films can suck, look at this beauty and realize that with money you can suck really really hard, and I mean that in a bad way. Everyone involved in this should or could rate this as a career low. Reeve claimed there was a great film and they lost it in the editing room. Well, no it's still here to be enjoyed. One of the worst Hollywood films ever, but if you take in in the bad film frame of mind there are many highlights.

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