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The Pope Must Diet (1991)
"The Pope Must Die" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  30 August 1991 (USA)
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A less-than-qualified and far-from-perfect priest is mistakenly named the new pope. As the pontiff, he must deal with Vatican corruption, the Mob and the reappearance of his old lover.

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Cardinal Rocco
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Father Rookie
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Monsignor Fitchie
Damir Mejovsek ...
Drunk Cardinal
Bozidar Smiljanic ...
Cardinal Spott
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Paulo
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Bish
Ranko Zidaric ...
Father Santini
Dani Segina ...
Old Cardinal
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Cardinal Verucci
Niall Buggy ...
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A less-than-qualified and far-from-perfect priest is mistakenly named the new pope. As the pontiff, he must deal with Vatican corruption, the Mob and the reappearance of his old lover. Written by &view=simple&sort=alpha" >Michael "Rabbit" Hutchison <rabhutch@spacestar.net>

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They chose him by mistake, now they want him dead. See more »

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Rated R for language and sensuality | See all certifications »
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30 August 1991 (USA)  »

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$582,510 (USA)
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Miramax Pictures retained the services of civil rights activist Alan Dershowitz after ABC, NBC and CBS refused to air spots advertising the film because of the title "The Pope Must Die." See more »

Quotes

Cardinal Rocco: [Dying from gunshot wound] Women!
[gasp]
Cardinal Rocco: You can't live with 'em,
[gasp]
Cardinal Rocco: and ya...
[dies]
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Filmed entirely in Europe, not far from the Vatican. See more »

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Referenced in The Killing Floor (2007) See more »

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Wealth vs charity? - an insider view of the Vatican
18 September 2006 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

I recently hired a VHS of the Comic Strip feature film "The Pope Must Die" (starring Robbie Coltrane), which unapologetically presents the premise that the Vatican is run by dolts and scheming money-grabbing opportunists, some of whom are backed by the mafia.

The plot revolves around the consequences of a clerical error which caused a totally incorruptible and highly compassionate priest to be elected as Pope. When the Pope attempts to give all the Vatican's riches to help the poor, his fate is sealed. This film may be a comedy

  • but it's easy to suspect that there are large elements of truth


involved. That being said - there is no attempt by the film-makers to portray the rank and file clergy as anything less than good people doing their charitable best in the world.

I am amazed at the convincing (to my untravelled eye) locations that were secured by the producers for the interior shots.

Paul Bartel turns in one of his best performances - on par with Robbie Coltrane. It's not a perfect script or plot, but the errors are few and this film has plenty of heart.


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