MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 13,331 this week

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

 -  Comedy  -  30 August 1991 (USA)
5.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.0/10 from 1,166 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 7 critic

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.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 244 titles
created 15 Apr 2011
 
a list of 2855 titles
created 14 Dec 2011
 
a list of 46 titles
created 19 Feb 2012
 
a list of 10 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 37 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Pope Must Diet (1991)

The Pope Must Diet (1991) on IMDb 5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Pope Must Diet.
1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Brian and Charlie (B & C) work for a gangster. When the boss learns they want to "leave", he sets them up to be killed, after they help rob the local Triads of their drug dealing profits. B... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Lynn
Stars: Eric Idle, Robbie Coltrane, Camille Coduri
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

While taking a holiday in the country with his mother, Dennis hits on a scheme to impress a girl so that she'll go away on a trip with him as his girlfriend. Although he fails to gain any ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Richardson
Stars: Adrian Edmondson, Jennifer Saunders, Peter Richardson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Matteo Scuro is a retired Sicilian bureaucrat (responsible mainly for the writing of birth certificates), a widower with five children, all of whom live on the mainland and hold responsible... See full summary »

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Michèle Morgan, Valeria Cavalli
Cold Front (1989)
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

An American cop teams up with a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman and together they uncover a plot to hide international terrorists in Vancouver.

Director: Allan A. Goldstein
Stars: Martin Sheen, Michael Ontkean, Kim Coates
Comedy | Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The film of an on-stage charity benefit for Amnesty International. The show includes comedy skits by the members of Monty Python, as well as noted comedians Peter Cook, Rowan Atkinson, and ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Temple
Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Jeff Beck, Alan Bennett
Lonely Hearts (1991)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Alma, a lonely woman, falls for the conman who steals her money after seducing her. Frank doesn't want Alma around him, but he cannot do anything about the situation in case she goes to the... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Lane
Stars: Eric Roberts, Beverly D'Angelo, Joanna Cassidy
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A shy young man with a passion for opera has his world turned upside down by a con artist who really does have a heart of gold.

Director: Yves Simoneau
Stars: Robbie Coltrane, Michael Riley, Deborah Duchene
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  
Director: Beppe Cino
Stars: Franco Nero, Lucrezia Lante della Rovere, Fernando Rey
Father Hope (TV Movie 2005)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Ruggero Deodato
Stars: Bud Spencer, Salvatore Cascio, Marco Messeri
The Miracle (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The two teenagers Jimmy and Rose spend their vacation at the small Irish sea-resort Bray. Out of boredom they observe other people and imagine wild stories about them. One day they observe ... See full summary »

Director: Neil Jordan
Stars: Beverly D'Angelo, Donal McCann, Niall Byrne
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Director: Duccio Tessari
Stars: Peter Ustinov, Delphine Forest, Roberto Alpi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Peter Richardson
Stars: Danielle Farrow, Robert Harrison, Tav MacDougall
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Cardinal Rocco
...
Father Rookie
...
Monsignor Fitchie
Damir Mejovsek ...
Drunk Cardinal
Bozidar Smiljanic ...
Cardinal Spott
...
Paulo
...
Mother Superior
Marc Smith ...
US News Reporter
Peter Richardson ...
Bish
Ranko Zidaric ...
Father Santini
Dani Segina ...
Old Cardinal
...
Cardinal Verucci
Niall Buggy ...
BBC Reporter
...
Carmelengo
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Our Father who art in trouble... See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sensuality | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 August 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Pope Must Diet  »

Box Office

Gross:

$582,510 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"Too religious and sexy" was the reason that the The Los Angeles Times refused to carry the advert for the film. See more »

Quotes

Vittorio Corelli: I want him to know it was me who killed him. I don't want him to die thinking it was just... bad luck.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Filmed entirely in Europe, not far from the Vatican. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Hungry Man
Performed by Mike Sanchez with the Big Town Playboys
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Simple faith beats conniving
22 April 2005 | by (Ponca City, OK, USA) – See all my reviews

This silly story of an ethical priest (Coltrane) with more good heart than religious scholarship overflows with cartoon-like characters. The Reverend Mother over the orphanage hates fun and children. The Bishop is intent on church business to the exclusion of expressions of faith. The Monsigneur assisting the pope and Cardinal Rocko are working for the local gun-runner/mafia boss. The hit men claim work they didn't do, and deny work they did. And on and on.

Understand that the point of the picture is not to make fun of the Vatican, but to show an unstoppable presence that restores, time after time, sanctity and service to the Roman Catholic Church. Yes, certain figures are shown to be unscrupulous and doing wrong. Yes, we can laugh about the crucifix flip-phone and a Cardinal confessing 'If you can think of a sin, I did it!' The bad guys don't win this one, though. The good guys generally end up supported and blessed (except poor Joe Don Dante and Carreli's daughter).

I have to admit thinking about the opening scenes during the final days of Pope John Paul II. And I cringe at the moments before the announced 'Pope's Dead!'. I imagine the story is a blend of farce and speculation on rituals at the Vatican, and not to be used in religious instruction. Irreverent small story, a bit of electric rock guitar. I wonder if it is on the hidden video collection/en suite bar for Pope Benedict XVI... I keep coming back to 'The Pope Must Diet' (USA title) for a little fun.


9 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Pope Must Diet (1991) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?