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22 October 1982 (USA) See more »
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.
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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  (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
Alessandro Alberti .... assistant art director
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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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 »
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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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Geat movie, 19 December 2006
Author: salignac2 from United States

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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