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Director:
Writers:
Jack-Alain Léger (novel)
Abraham Polonsky (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
22 October 1982 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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.
Plot:
An ambitious priest seduces a nun and leads the Vatican into shady business during and after World War II. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Rest in Peace: Leonardo Cimino
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christopher Reeve ... Father John Flaherty

Geneviève Bujold ... Clara

Fernando Rey ... Cardinal Santoni

Jason Miller ... Don Vito Appolini

Joe Cortese ... Ludovico 'Lodo' Varese (as Joseph Cortese)

Adolfo Celi ... Cardinal Vinci

Leonardo Cimino ... The Pope

Tomas Milian ... Father Francisco

Robert Prosky ... Bishop Walkman (as Robert J. Prosky)

Joe Pantoliano ... Pvt. Joe Musso
Milena Vukotic ... Sister Verna
Ian Danby ... Lieutenant
Gregory Snegoff ... 1st Soldier
Harrison Muller Jr. ... 2nd Soldier
David Mills ... Major
Joe Spinell ... Bride's Father
Ritza Brown ... Maid of Honor
Loredana Grappasonni ... Bride
Ettore Mattia ... Pietro
Carolyn De Fonseca ... 1st Flaherty Secretary (as Carolyn Russoff)
Yanti Somer ... 2nd Flaherty Secretary
Mimmo Poli ... Sicilian Priest (as Domenico Poli)
Elio Bonadonna ... 1st Killer
Giovanni Bonadonna ... 2nd Killer
Remo De Angelis ... 3rd Killer
Pamela Prati ... 1st Roman Girl
Anny Papa ... 2nd Roman Girl (as Annie Papa)
Stefania D'Amario ... 3rd Roman Girl
Michele Messina ... 1st Sicilian Guard
Agnès Nobecourt ... 1st Postulant
Tracy Bonbrest ... 2nd Postulant
Paolo Maria Scalondro ... Clerical Secretary (as Paolo Scalondro)
Franco Angrisano ... Priest in Confessional (as Francesco Angrisano)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Felleghy ... Priest (uncredited)
Alfonso Giganti ... Cardinal (uncredited)
Paul Muller ... Priest (uncredited)
Amedeo Salamon ... Cardinal (uncredited)
Franca Scagnetti ... Don Appolini's Maid (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Perry 
 
Writing credits
Jack-Alain Léger (novel) (as Jack Alain Leger)

Abraham Polonsky (screenplay) and
Wendell Mayes (screenplay)

Produced by
Kurt Neumann .... associate producer
David Niven Jr. .... producer
Frank Yablans .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Williams 
 
Cinematography by
Billy Williams 
 
Film Editing by
Peter E. Berger 
 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
 
Production Design by
John DeCuir Jr.  (as John De Cuir)
 
Art Direction by
Stefano Maria Ortolani 
 
Set Decoration by
Joe Chevalier 
Carlo Gervasi 
 
Costume Design by
Theoni V. Aldredge 
 
Makeup Department
Franco Corridoni .... makeup artist
Maria Teresa Corridoni .... hair stylist
Lee Harman .... makeup supervisor
Luigi Rocchetti .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Kurt Neumann .... production manager
Federico Tocci .... assistant unit production manager
Lucio Trentini .... unit production manager: Italy
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gianni Cozzo .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Bruno Tempera .... property master
Italo Tomassi .... painter
Fernando Valento .... construction manager
 
Sound Department
Roy Charman .... sound mixer
Aldo De Martino .... sound boom man
William Hartman .... sound effects editor
David M. Ice .... sound effects editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chic Anstiss .... camera operator
Ted Deason .... assistant camera
Eamonn O'Keeffe .... clapper loader
Mario Schiavone .... gaffer
Franco Tocci .... key grip
 
Casting Department
Francesco Cinieri .... casting: Rome
Louis DiGiaimo .... casting: New York
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Millina Deodato .... costumer
Otello Polci .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Cesare D'Amico .... assistant editor
Greig McRitchie .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Kenneth Wannberg .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Paolo Bernardini .... driver
Antonio Savini .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Paolo Fabbri .... location manager
Luigi Riitano .... account assistant
Francesca Roberti .... script supervisor
Franca Tasso .... production secretary
Gabriella Toro .... production secretary
 

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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) (TV), 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) (TV).See more »
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Factual errors: 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 »
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13 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
There aren't enough 'Hail Mary's in the world for this one..., 11 January 2000
Author: Mister-6 from United States

The tag-line for this film begins "Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned".

And that's not so much being said by the protagonist of "Monsignor" but by the director, actors, writers, best boys, gaffers, caterers and the guys who swept the floor afterwards on this disaster.

As the "Monsignor" of the title, Christopher Reeve plays a man who moves his way up through the Catholic church through dubious means - murder, theft, the Black Market during WWII... you know, the usual stuff. And there's even enough time for him to seduce a nun (Bujold)!

I know next to nothing about Catholicism, so I cannot say what if any of this kind of activity holds any validity. But what does this mean: that those involved in the Vatican's business affairs are only bookkeepers who work under the guise of religion for otherwise nefarious means? I'd hope not, but this movie seems to think otherwise.

Reeve is a good actor, always will be. What he saw in this kind of film is beyond me. Maybe he thought (like Faye Dunaway did in "Mommie Dearest") that something so broad and unimaginably coarse could only be played as a comedy, so why not just go with the flow?

And if he thought that, he was right! "Monsignor" has scenes that play as out-and-out comedy; never have you seen so many (unintentional?) sight gags in your life, and the stony faces that permeate this film might make you believe that Buster Keaton must have been a busy man at one time or another.

So, "Monsignor" is a bad film, but it's also good for one of those nights when you have a few friends over, a few beers, lots of popcorn and nothing better to do than have a few laughs at someone else's expense.

Those involved in organized religion, say.

Two stars. Eight if you're an agnostic.

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