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

R  |   |  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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Mother Superior
Marc Smith ...
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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Carmelengo
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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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Trivia

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

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Baby Please
Performed by Mike Sanchez with the Big Town Playboys
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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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