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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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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 »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
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6 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
either the worst or one of the best depends, 27 November 2005
Author: HEFILM from French Polynesia

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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