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The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)

 -  Action | Comedy | Crime  -  22 June 1984 (USA)
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Charlie and his troublesome cousin Paulie decide to steal $150000 in order to back a "sure thing" race horse that Paulie has inside information on. The aftermath of the robbery gets them ... See full summary »

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Charlie and his troublesome cousin Paulie decide to steal $150000 in order to back a "sure thing" race horse that Paulie has inside information on. The aftermath of the robbery gets them into serious trouble with the local Mafia boss and the corrupt New York City police department. Written by Grant Hamilton <n9431210@scholar.nepean.uws.edu.au>

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22 June 1984 (USA)  »

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Der Pate von Greenwich Village  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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While being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Geraldine Page was on-screen for only 8 minutes. When Page was Oscar nominated for this film, she became the first woman to receive seven nominations without a win, a feat also achieved by actors Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole. Page would finally win an Oscar on her eighth nomination the next year for The Trip to Bountiful (1985). See more »

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When Walter (Bunky) (Jack Kehoe) falls into the elevator shaft, Charlie goes down to see if the guy is still alive or not. Charlie finds out it's a cop & also that he has a wire tape on him. When Charlie checks Bunky's pulse in Bunky's neck, the actor leans into Charlie's hand. He is supposed to be dead, and not moving. See more »

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Ronnie: The old man's upstairs, z'got a bug up his ass *this big*.
Charlie: Hey, so what else is new.
Ronnie: It's no bullshit Charlie. He's checkin' the dupes.
Charlie: He's checkin' the waiter's dupes tonight?
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Just To Walk That Little Girl Home
Written by Willy DeVille (uncredited) and Doc Pomus (uncredited)
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Nothing Infallible About This Pope
25 February 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Pope Of Greenwich Village is a film that absolutely I can't decide about. I love it for some of the acting, especially Eric Roberts as this hopelessly stupid schemer. But I'm not sure if the makers of this film intended it to be a comedy or a serious drama. It really falls somewhere in between and doesn't come up for air.

I also cannot believe Mickey Rourke's character. He seems intelligent enough, but how he can get involved with this cousin who is not only beyond stupid, but a liar and a con artist to boot?

This latest scheme that Roberts has is a real beauty. He's going to steal some money out of an easy to crack safe and bet it on a horse that he has a really good tip on. That's bad enough, but of course he doesn't tell his partners Kenneth McMillan and Rourke that not only does the money belong to the local Mafia head Burt Young. And it's to be used as police payoff money. So we've got crooks and crooked cops looking for the perpetrators.

The main reason to see The Pope Of Greenwich Village is Roberts. Because you cannot believe how anyone can lie and cheat and doublecross people and have lived as far as he has. Geraldine Page as the mother of a cop killed accidentally (yes accidentally) during the robbery got an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, but the film such as it is belongs to Eric Roberts.

The film does have some nice location cinematography in Greenwich Village and Little Italy. This is not the Bohemian Village nor is it the Gay Mecca that it is now known for. This is the Greenwich Village that elected Carmine DiSapio, the last great boss of Tammany Hall as its Democratic leader. Little Italy has shrunk considerably, but it's still there.

But after you watch it, mesmerized as you are by Roberts, you'll be scratching your head wondering just exactly what did you see?


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