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Jack-Alain Léger (novel)
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Release Date:
22 October 1982 (USA) See more »
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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.
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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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To prepare for his role in this film, actor Christopher Reeve researched religion and Catholicism by visiting the Centre for Alternative Religious Broadcasting in Washington, a Paulist's retreat in New Jersey and for six weeks, the Paulist Fathers Order's Archdiocese in New York City.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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Could have been great, 12 February 2015
Author: ereinion from Lemuria

As Christopher Reeve said himself, this movie could have been really good but the bad editing ruined it. And I wholeheartedly agree. It was a pretty bold movie, even for the bold 80's: a tale of a Vatican priest who deals with the mafia, seduces a nun and takes up arms in the war, bloodying his hands. This was clearly still a taboo, any kind of negative portrayal of the Catholic church and the Vatican. But somewhere during its 2 hours this movie lost its boldness and became just another failed experiment with an interesting idea.

In the year 1982, Reeve was clearly looking to establish himself as a serious actor and it couldn't have been easy for a guy who so convincingly looks like a superhero and who came to prominence as THE superhero. He was in Deathtrap that same year and did well in that part. One might say that this role has something in common with that one, because he plays an opportunist who is morally unclean. This movie has a really top notch cast, with Jason Miller, Fernando Rey and Genevieve Bujold as the brightest part of it. Miller, though somewhat miscast in the role of the Sicilian mafioso, brings the dark intensity similar to the one in his role as Father Karass. Only difference is, here he has a mustache. Joe Cortese is also good in the part of Reeve's old friend who becomes his business partner and the link with Miller. Fernando Rey plays the part of cardinal Santoni, who represents the political side of Vatican, the ambitious and power-hungry priest who is willing to close an eye to illegal stuff in order to achieve his own goals.

Anyway, this movie is interesting to follow but sometimes it can't decide whether it wants to be a drama about corruption and moral or a love movie. Some scenes are well shot and gripping, like the scene where the nun played by Bujold discovers Reeve's true identity and occupation. It is the dramatic highpoint of the film. But the love story lasts too short to really give the movie the edge it needs, another angle. Christopher Reeve is one of the film's bright points because he really does make his character believable. He's a priest who tried to be both a priest and a man. I guess you can say that this is the ultimate theme of the film, how hard it is to be a priest and give up the good things in life in order to serve God.

I think it's a great shame that this film has been largely forgotten and scorned by the critics and by the audiences. For despite it's editorial flaws and despite the screenplay not holding up till the very end, it still can be an interesting watch and a spiritual lesson.

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