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Monsignor (1982)

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An ambitious priest seduces a nun and leads the Vatican into shady business during and after World War II.

Director:

Frank Perry

Writers:

Jack-Alain Léger (novel) (as Jack Alain Leger), Abraham Polonsky (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Reeve ... Flaherty
Geneviève Bujold ... Clara
Fernando Rey ... Santoni
Jason Miller ... Appolini
Joe Cortese ... Varese
Adolfo Celi ... Vinci
Leonardo Cimino ... Pope
Tomas Milian ... Francisco
Robert Prosky ... Bishop Walkman (as Robert J. Prosky)
Joe Pantoliano ... Musso
Milena Vukotic ... Sister Verna
Ian Danby Ian Danby ... Lieutenant
Gregory Snegoff ... 1st Soldier
Harrison Muller Harrison Muller ... 2nd Soldier
David Mills David Mills ... Major
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Storyline

John Flaherty is a young and ambitious American priest who arrives in the Papal sovereign city state of the Vatican in 1944 to take his holy orders as a Catholic priest. After distinguishing himself in combat in the World War II battlefields of northern Italy, he's assigned as the Vatican treasurer. With the Vatican strapped for money during the war, Flaherty soon makes illegal business deals with a corrupt U.S. Army sergeant named Varese, who deals goods on the local black market, which is connected to a ruthless Sicilian mobster named Don Appolini. Appolini agrees to fund Flaherty's operation for profit through his Swiss bank connections. Flaherty's mentor, Cardinal Santoni, the secretary to the elderly but powerful Pope, learns of Flaherty's business deals, but covers for Flaherty in order for them to rise in the ranks of the church against Santoni's rival, Cardinal Vinci. But Flaherty's double life as a black marketeer and priest takes a turn when he falls in love with a young ... Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Forgive me, Father for I have sinned. I have killed for my Country, I have stolen for my Church, I have loved a Woman, and I am a Priest. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monseñor See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,631,834, 24 October 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$12,408,066
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

To prepare for his role in this film, actor Christopher Reeve researched religion and Catholicism by visiting the Centre for Alternative Religious Broadcasting in Washington, a Paulist's retreat in New Jersey and for six weeks, the Paulist Fathers Order's Archdiocese in New York City. See more »

Goofs

When the officers pick up the nuns in the rain, the jeep they are in has no side windows or doors. However when Reeve turns around to chat with the nuns in the back seat, his seat clearly has a window (still none in back). When they let the nuns out the magic door and window are once again gone. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Hellcats (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Serenade in Blue
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Music by Harry Warren
Played at the wedding reception
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Smart, Absorbing and Different
23 February 2006 | by mjhuberSee all my reviews

This movie is a smart, absorbing and different take on the Vatican, exposing the high stakes politicking and personal vanities that impact the actions of the Church. There are no saints in this movie, only real people played with empathy and unusual perspective. A very young Christopher Reeves takes on a challenging role and pulls off the complexity and credibility the movie calls for. The supporting cast is excellent, a joy to watch. The movie keeps you guessing and praying. This is not a movie for dullards, if you appreciate an intelligent and compelling movie, try this one. It will surprise you, pleasantly. It tackles a subject matter that is very timely now with the various Church conspiracy books fad, such as "The Da Vinci Code." I am trying to find more information on the subject of the movie, presumably Archbishop Paul Marcinkus.


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