A young pope who feels he has lost touch with the people accidentally locks himself out of the Vatican and believes it is part of God's plan for him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pope Leo XIV
Cardinal Stefano Biondi
Monsignor Francesco Ghezzi
Donald Hewlett ...
Monsignor Colin McGee
Angelo Evans ...
Marta Zoffoli ...
Guido Alberti ...
Cardinal Augusto Morante
Massimo Sarchielli ...
Massimo Serato ...
Monsignor Betti
Agnès Nobecourt ...
Mother of Sick Boy
Jorge Krimer ...
Secretary, Sistine Chapel
Tom Felleghy ...


A newly-elected Pope Leo XIV finds himself accidentally locked out of the Vatican. Unknown to the outside world, he winds up in an impoverished Italian village, where his adventures ultimately teach the Pope and his new friends some important lessons about friendship and self-esteem. Written by Chris DeSantis <ccdesan@burgoyne.com>

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Release Date:

13 November 1986 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Ein wahrer Jünger seines Herrn  »

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This was to be Embassy's (formerly Avco Embassy) last film. They disbanded shortly after this was released. See more »


Abalardi: [Tongue in cheek] Excuse the sheep. They see so few Popes.
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good flick; ever heard of it?
18 October 2002 | by (Overland Park, Kansas (Scott Kirsch)) – See all my reviews

I must admit that my main reason for doing a comment on this film is that there aren't already 200 about it. I haven't seen this movie in forever and am not sure how my family ever heard of it. But I remember it as a very sweet and sincere little movie about a pope putting his money where his mouth is, getting off his high horse and actually helping those that need it. The movie is funny along the way but, more importantly makes you really think about what you believe in and, once you decide, how that should affect the way you live your life.

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