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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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Damir Mejovsek ...
Drunk Cardinal
Bozidar Smiljanic ...
Cardinal Spott
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Paulo
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Mother Superior
Marc Smith ...
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Ranko Zidaric ...
Father Santini
Dani Segina ...
Old Cardinal
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Cardinal Verucci
Niall Buggy ...
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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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They chose him by mistake, now they want him dead. See more »

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Comedy

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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£534,614 (United Kingdom), 27 June 1991, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$264,147, 2 September 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$582,510
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Steve Martin was offered the lead role, but passed. See more »

Quotes

The Pope: You're fired! Defrocked, call it what you like. You're Out!
Cardinal Rocco: Do you know who I am? I'm Cardinal Rocco, you're lucky you're being fed here!
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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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More comedy gold from The Comic Strip.
25 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

I heard the story of them changing the title of this movie and without even seeing it, I was very upset that they would give into pressure from a church and change the name. After seeing the movie, it's clear that if you have a problem with the title, you are a humorless turd.It's funny that the church never complained about the mob picking the Pope. Starring Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid from Harry Potter) and Beverly D'Angelo and written by Peter Richardson(the man behind The Comic Strip Presents), this movie is hilarious and action packed. The mob is picking the new Pope and a hard of hearing clerk(Adrian Edmondson,Vyvyan from The Young Ones)hears the name wrong and a guitar playing priest from an orphanage becomes the new Pope. The only way to get rid of him is to kill him. Wackiness ensues. This is a must see.


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