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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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Bed Bug Eddie
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Bunky
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Paulie's Father
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Nunzi
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Jimmy the Cheese Man
Tony DiBenedetto ...
Ronnie
Ronald Maccone ...
Nicky
Betty Miller ...
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

The amount of money that the race-horse was selling for was US $15,000. 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

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?
Ronnie: Party's over for a while. And this broad you're startin' up with? That's Johnny Mac's private stock.
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Referenced in American Dad!: Big Trouble in Little Langley (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Heartaches
by John Klenner (uncredited) and Al Hoffman (uncredited)
Performed by Ted Weems
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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Good acting and gritty atmosphere the stars of this film
7 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mickey Rourke is "The Pope of Greenwich Village" in this 1984 film also starring Eric Roberts, Geraldine Page, Kenneth McMillan, Darryl Hannah and Burt Young. Rourke is Charlie, who, with his cousin Paulie, rob a mobster with the help of a safecracker (McMillan). Both Rourke and Roberts are in fine form against the New York background. Everything about this film is seedy. The detectives all look out of shape and overtired, everybody has smoker's skin or a drinker's red nose. As Charlie, Rourke wants a big score so he can buy a restaurant, but his fatal flaw is listening to his idiotic cousin Paulie, a total loser and a weakling, who gets him involved in the robbery of a vicious mobster where a cop is killed at the scene. The attractive Rourke uses his sweet smile to good advantage and underplays; it's a shame he underwent such severe plastic surgery and took his career off track. Roberts plays Paulie as completely pathetic, so pathetic that at times, he's funny, even when his circumstances aren't.

The mob movies were in their heyday when "The Pope of Greenwich Village" was made, so it probably got lost in the shuffle. It's not a big film, but the acting and locations are impressive. Look for Geraldine Page in a small but showy role as the dead cop's mother, a woman who can handle the police better than anyone.


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