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The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)

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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Nora
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Storyline

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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Trivia

Stuart Rosenberg replaced Ron Maxwell as director. Maxwell was allegedly fired early on during production by MGM/UA after Maxwell lobbied to have actor Eric Roberts replaced. Maxwell didn't see Roberts as a New York City street hustler, but was overruled by the studio & producers. See more »

Goofs

During the attempt to break into the safe, Charlie looks down into the elevator shaft. The pov shot shows Bunky's body on the girders below, before he fell in the shaft. See more »

Quotes

Paulie: Horses ain't like people, man, they can't make themselves better than they're born. See, with a horse, it's all in the gene. It's the fucking gene that does the running. The horse has got absolutely nothing to do with it.
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Connections

Referenced in Spin City: The Pope of Gracie Mansion (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Summer Wind
Written by Johnny Mercer (uncredited), Hans Bradtke (uncredited) and Henry Mayer (uncredited)
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Reprise Records by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Deserves to be better remembered
14 September 2006 | by (Tokyo, Japan) – See all my reviews

Rourke & Roberts pre-fame.

Charlie Moran (Rourke) seemed more like an Irish hood instead of an Italian. Rourke basically set a trend on the type of characters he plays. He's basically re-did this role again and again. And why not? He's great at it.

Eric Roberts is a chronic over actor. But unlike most, he can be so entertaining. Watching him chew the scenery here was the most fun. The whole "He should die, die, die...." scene after they get fired in the beginning is still a corker.

Daryl Hannah is not the best actress, but she seemed to thrive here as Charlie's straight girlfriend.

And kudos to Walsh, Young, McMillan (R.I.P), and the brilliant Geraldine Page (also R.I.P) for their roles. Page almost stole the film.

And I think Bedbug Eddie (Young) was based on the late NYC mafia leader Fat Tony Salerno. He also conducted most of his business in a no frills back room. He also didn't drink.

Good character study.


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