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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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Bish
Ranko Zidaric ...
Father Santini
Dani Segina ...
Old Cardinal
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Cardinal Verucci
Niall Buggy ...
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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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The Pope Must Diet  »

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$582,510 (USA)
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Steve Martin was offered the lead role, but passed. 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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Spun-off from The Comic Strip Presents... (1982) See more »

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In the Middle of the Night
Performed by Mike Sanchez with the Big Town Playboys
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Amusing and light hearted comedy
22 February 2002 | by (Manchester, UK) – See all my reviews

Contrary to the other reviewer's views this film was not made by bigots or those intent on stirring up religious hatred, but rather a light satire of the inner workings of the Vatican. It is a film that should not be taken too seriously.

Coltrane is as lovable as ever as the lowly priest who becomes the pope due to a typing error, and starts to clamp down on the mafia's involvement, though his efforts are put to an end when it is revealed he fathered a love child in his earlier life, he is then forced to try and stop the mafia from planting their own pope.

The stock British actors pull the film off with gentle gags, and where acting is cheesey is where the film blatantly doesnt take itself seriously....we're talking about a depiction of the vatican with a stock of Turin shrouds being sold in the crypt!!

Not the greatest comedy ever but still worth a look.


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