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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
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Cardinal Spott
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Paulo
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Mother Superior
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US News Reporter
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Bish
Ranko Zidaric ...
Father Santini
Dani Segina ...
Old Cardinal
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Cardinal Verucci
Niall Buggy ...
BBC Reporter
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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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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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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

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.
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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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Brilliant drama
14 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

Putting aside the fact that this film is meant to be a comedy, the whole concept is truly superb. Finally somebody in the film making world had the backbone to make a a joke out of the methods of Catholicism - something not done enough now. The film is hilarious and those who can't laugh at it, obviously just can't get the jokes. Robbie Coltrane did a great job and Alex Rocco gave a fine performance with Herbert Lom wonderful as usual.

It must have caused uproar in the Catholic church but no longer do film makers have to make comedy fiction in order to take a shot at this organisation because the scandals have created enough ideas to make hundereds of original movies (e.g. "A Love Divided", "The Magdalene Sisters". A fine, fine, fine movie but not to please devout Catholics which makes it even more amusing and fantastic.


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