6.4/10
260
8 user 53 critic

Gone with the Pope (2010)

Unrated | | Crime | 12 March 2010 (USA)
Famed nightclub performer Duke Mitchell is Paul, a paroled gangster with an unholy scheme: to kidnap the Pope and 'charge a dollar from every Catholic in the world' as the ransom. Shot in ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Mimi Miceli Jr. is, the son of a Mafia don who was exiled back to Sicily. He wants to get back into the family business and transplant it from New York to Hollywood. After the kidnapping ... See full summary »

Director: Duke Mitchell
Stars: Duke Mitchell, Vic Caesar, Lorenzo Dodo
Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Incited by a disillusioned young man who has decided to flee from civilization, a group of 4 people go searching for freedom and happiness on an isolated island . When their boat goes ... See full summary »

Director: Amos Sefer
Stars: Asher Tzarfati, Shmuel Wolf, Lily Avidan
Corruption (1968)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A doctor goes to extreme lengths--even murder--to restore the badly burned face of his fiancée.

Director: Robert Hartford-Davis
Stars: Peter Cushing, Sue Lloyd, Noel Trevarthen
Blood Rage (1987)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

As kids, Todd is institutionalized for a murder whilst his twin goes free. 10 years later, on Thanksgiving, Todd escapes and a killing spree begins in his neighborhood.

Director: John Grissmer
Stars: Louise Lasser, Mark Soper, Julie Gordon
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

This video is mostly taken up by talking about vengeance rather than getting on with the job. A mean trashy exploitation picture about three convicts who escape from jail and hole up at the... See full summary »

Director: Robert A. Endelson
Stars: Robert Judd, Catherine Peppers, Lela Small
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A horror film director is stalked by a mad psychiatrist/serial killer bent on killing people to model the killings after the director's gory death scenes from his movies.

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Lucio Fulci, David L. Thompson, Malisa Longo
Hitch-Hike (1977)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A bickering couple driving cross-country pick up a murderous hitchhiker who threatens to kill them unless they take him to a sanctuary. In return he agrees to split some bank loot he has on him.

Director: Pasquale Festa Campanile
Stars: Franco Nero, Corinne Cléry, David Hess
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A famed jewel thief named Rochard is slashed to death on a train. His daughter Nicole, a famous nightclub performer in Paris, is questioned by the police about some missing diamonds but she... See full summary »

Director: Luciano Ercoli
Stars: Frank Wolff, Nieves Navarro, Simón Andreu
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A burned-out New York police detective teams up with a college psychoanalyst to track down a vicious serial killer randomly stalking and killing various young women around the city.

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Jack Hedley, Almanta Suska, Howard Ross
Blood Brides (1970)
Certificate: GP Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A bridal design shop owner kills various young brides-to-be in an attempt to unlock a repressed childhood trauma that's causing him to commit murder.

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Stephen Forsyth, Dagmar Lassander, Laura Betti
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3/10 X  

Two goofy entertainers meet a mad scientist on a jungle island.

Director: William Beaudine
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Duke Mitchell, Sammy Petrillo
Crime | Thriller | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A wagon load of convicts on their way to prison is being escorted through the mountains by a cavalry troop. They are attacked by a bandit gang, and only a sergeant, his beautiful young ... See full summary »

Director: Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent
Stars: Claudio Undari, Emma Cohen, Alberto Dalbés
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Duke Mitchell ...
Paul
Lorenzo Dardado ...
The Pope / The Old Man
Jim LoBianco ...
Luke
Peter Milo ...
Peter
John Murgia ...
John
Giorgio Tavolieri ...
Giorgio
Jeanne Hibbard ...
Jean
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Boyd ...
Bill
John Bruno ...
John
Carl Cocomo ...
Carl
Paul DiAmico ...
Bartender
Steve DiBiaso ...
Vatican Bishop
Nola Hand ...
Fat Woman
Jeffrey Mitchell ...
Junkie
Zep Mizner ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

Famed nightclub performer Duke Mitchell is Paul, a paroled gangster with an unholy scheme: to kidnap the Pope and 'charge a dollar from every Catholic in the world' as the ransom. Shot in 1975, GONE WITH THE POPE was unfinished at the time of Duke Mitchell's death in 1981, and finally completed in 2009 from a rediscovered, n unfinished print.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

You're either in, or you're in the way!

Genres:

Crime

Certificate:

Unrated
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 March 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kiss the Ring  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Shot for around $35,000, Less then Mitchell's previous film The Executioner (which was shot for around $50,000). See more »

Connections

Featured in Gone with the Pope: Restoring Gone with the Pope (2015) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
a lost classic? Not quite, but it is a work of something
6 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a film that, yes, was technically released for the first time in 2010. But it's also a kind of Grindhouse example of Metropolis, another movie that was restored this year. New footage was found and meticulous care was put to editing something that people had never seen before. One was a testament to man and his inner quest for self-knowledge set against an oppressive world, and the other was Metropolis.

But I jest. This was shot by real (and I mean REALLY) no-budget director Duke Mitchell, who made only one other film in the 1970s, and did shoot the footage for this film (you can tell, all HUGE warts and out-of-focus shots and all). But it was never finished due to lack of funds. Years later (as in two years ago) some former friends and people at the Grindhouse DVD company, got together and took all the footage Mitchell had shot and made a movie as competently as they could.

Frankly, that it turned out as well as it did is something of a miracle because, quite frankly, this stinks. But it stinks in a way that is friendly to fellow bad-movie lovers. The craftsmanship is so terrible, the acting so non-existent, the story so WTF, that I wondered at certain points if Torgo from Manos the Hands of Fate would make an appearance. All I could really gather about anything relating to a "story" was that Paul (also Mitchell) is released from jail, kills some gangsters, and then takes a boat trip with some friends from California to Rome to kidnap the Pope and hold the world hostage: every Catholic pays 1 buck. That's a lot of bucks.

From the dialog that is at best decent street-tough stuff to at worst really racist and sometimes just dull dialog - and the racist stuff especially, as Paul makes wisecracks (and not the subtle kind) to a black prostitute who, somehow, takes it in stride, is hilariously painful to hear spoken - to the cinematography that gives cinematography a bad name (FOCUS, goddamn it, FOCUS!), to the one or two actors such as Paul's wife or Giorgio, who both look like they were picked up from the local deli counter, to the very mixed messages sent about religion (a very *nice* Pope who somehow gets everyone except Paul on his side! and a polemic speech by Paul at one point that rivals ANY of the preachifying in Machete), this is trash cinema at its base level.

It's not a good movie really. If you're looking for things like, say, motivation on the character's part, be it things like killing lots of other people we haven't seen before (sometimes with telephones) or to a random "prank" scene with a huge fat woman getting naked and surprising one of Paul's friend asleep and proceeding to lock her in the room for a good, it's more than absent. It's almost like Mitchell seemed to forget what a movie makes - albeit he is awe-inspiring at making montages, such as one with him and his wife frolicking at a park - and was more transfixed by his own sideburns than anything else. When he tries to get genuine laughs, such as the fat woman scene, it feel so awful that you just recoil in your seat. The movie also disappoints, if in one major way as a Midnight Movie, in not having more craziness with the religious angle. Without saying too much, the film needed to be more like the last scene, which did leave me with a big smile and almost clapping with the rest of the audience.

But for all of the dull moments, and believe you-me there are plenty, and the cringe-worthy performances, it's a very funny movie without knowing that it is. It's also commendable to the editors and producers of this finished version that there are some scenes and transitions that move to a cool beat, maybe in ways Mitchell himself never envisioned. Song selections vary; some are genuinely fantastic, while others go along with the hokey nature of the film. It frustrates and entertains, and it actually has a sense of admiration for the Pope (!) in all his cardboard-performing glory. Then again, his dead-pan is just what's needed on the flip-side of Mitchell's mugging.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Amaazing movie in a near-empty theater mikedesert-1
Playing Salt Lake City Saturday, August 14th at 11:30 P.M.! Anideos
FINALLY saw it! cityninja2
Liz/Jean question cityninja2
Fans in NY area - UPDATED 35mm Screening 6/8/13! Hudson Horror Show VII butcherofbakersfield
Written,directed, starring same person? Well-known RECIPE FOR DISASTER wtj-768-163071
Discuss Gone with the Pope (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?