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The Gentleman Bandit (1981)

Based on the real-life ordeal of Baltimore priest Bernard Pagano, who was fingered by a witness as a holdup man. During a lineup, several other witnesses confirm this.

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Jonathan Kaplan

Writer:

Milan Stitt
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Waite ... Father Bernard Pagano
Julie Bovasso ... Doris
Jerry Zaks ... Carl Schnee
Joe Grifasi ... Detective Esposito
Estelle Parsons ... Marjorie Seebode
Tom Aldredge ... Monsignor Nicholson
Arthur French Arthur French ... Doerfler
Ed Van Nuys Ed Van Nuys ... L. Dene Wedge Jr.
Joe Ponazecki Joe Ponazecki ... Ron Clouser
Frances Chaney Frances Chaney ... Rona Mintz
Sheila K. Adams Sheila K. Adams ... Carole Slintak
Joyce Reehling Joyce Reehling ... Jennifer Pollock
Charley Lang ... Charlie
Marta Heflin ... Marie
Scotty Bloch Scotty Bloch ... Theresa
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Based on the real-life ordeal of Baltimore priest Bernard Pagano, who was fingered by a witness as a holdup man. During a lineup, several other witnesses confirm this.

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robbery | priest | delaware | See All (3) »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bandit Priest See more »

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Production Co:

Highgate Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

During the trial in 1979, several witnesses testified that Pagano was the robber. Then, in a dramatic turn, Ronald Clouser came forward with a lawyer and admitted he was the Gentleman Bandit. He pleaded guilty and went to prison. The charges against Pagano were dropped. See more »

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Pagano passes away
17 February 2007 | by filmlouSee all my reviews

Just a brief note -- Fr. Bernie Pagano, the subject of this made for TV movie, passed away in December 2006 while in retirement in New Jersey. To this day, both the Delaware Attorney General's Office and the Delaware State Police believe that Father Bernie was truly the culprit in the "Gentleman Bandit" robberies and that Ronald Clouser was remunerated (by someone) to take the rap.

Although Pagano was eventually banished to a tiny parish on the Eastern shore of Maryland, the story of the "Gentleman Bandit" pales in comparison to the recent Diocese of Wilmington (DE) scandal involving pedophile priests, sexual abuse and criminal activity.

Bernie -- we'll miss you.


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