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Jack-Alain Léger (novel)
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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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A silly, sordid movie that's a real hoot. See more (18 total) »

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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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 »
Goofs:
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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A silly, sordid movie that's a real hoot., 14 April 2012
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

The review in the annual paperback guide to movies by critic Leonard Maltin and his cronies classify this as a "camp classic", and after reading the synopsis, I certainly wasn't prepared to take this hilarious, trashy melodrama seriously at all. It has a young, ambitious priest, John Flaherty (Christopher Reeve) hired as business manager for the Vatican, and it doesn't take too long for the guy to start doing some dubious things, such as entering into a shady deal with the Italian mob. The best bit of business has this guy carrying on a romance with a nun- in-training named Clara (Genevieve Bujold). That's got to be trash at its finest, especially when Ms. Bujold strips for the camera as Flaherty and Clara prepare to go at it. Now, this movie admittedly is somewhat slowly paced and goes on for quite a bit, but this story (scripted by Abraham Polonsky and Wendell Mayes, based on a novel by Jack-Alain Leger) is still entertaining in its ridiculousness. Superb production design (by John DeCuir Jr.), cinematography (by Billy Williams), and location shooting help in the enjoyment - this is nothing if not a good looking film. And speaking of good looking, the lovely Bujold is definitely an easy performer to watch. The performances are all admirably sincere, with the ever likable Reeve well supported by a fine, fine group of actors: Fernando Rey, who has a warm presence, as Cardinal Santoni, Jason Miller as mob boss Don Vito Appolini, Joe Cortese as Flaherty's buddy Lodo Varese, Adolfo Celi as Cardinal Vinci, Tomas Milian as Father Francisco, Leonardo Cimino as none other than The Pope, Robert Prosky as Bishop Walkman, and Joe Pantoliano as wounded soldier Private Musso, with Joe Spinell in a great, brief cameo as the father of the bride in the wedding sequences. Give this cast credit, as they really sell this thing. It may be pretty long, but it's such an amusing story as to keep one watching (at least, this viewer kept watching). Recommended to fans of silly cinema. Seven out of 10.

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