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The Pope Must Diet (1991)

The Pope Must Die (original title)
R | | Comedy | 30 August 1991 (USA)
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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The Pope
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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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Mother Superior
Marc Smith ...
US News Reporter
Peter Richardson ...
Bish
Ranko Zidaric ...
Father Santini
Dani Segina ...
Old Cardinal
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Cardinal Verucci
Niall Buggy ...
BBC Reporter
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The Camarlengo
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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 Michael "Rabbit" Hutchison <rabhutch@spacestar.net>

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Our Father who art in trouble... 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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The film's US title was changed after an outcry from Roman Catholics. The new title, "The Pope Must Diet", appeared on some promotional materials with the final letter in the form of a crucifix. See more »

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The Pope: [as Carmelengo is lowering the triple crown onto his head] You've got the wrong guy!
Carmelengo: They all say that.
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Filmed entirely in Europe, not far from the Vatican. See more »

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Featured in Hollywood vs. Religion (1994) See more »

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Baby Please
Performed by Mike Sanchez with the Big Town Playboys
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Not putrid or atrocious
24 March 2002 | by (Penarth, Wales) – See all my reviews

I don't normally like Peter Richardson's Comic Strip films, so why I watched this I don't know. However, it was much better than I expected, and, despite a few expletives, I thought it quite subtle in places. It's not very original in plot (which takes in rather too much), but the cast is quite good (Coltrane, Lom, Rocco), and the only people who might object are those who think it's anti-religious, which I feel it turns out not to be. I'm not a crackpot or a religious fanatic, although I don't think the film would appeal to the latter group !


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