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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. 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

Apparently, producer Frank Yablans's didn't read Jack-Alain Léger's 'Monsignor' source novel before he decided to make this movie, Yablans allegedly "fell in love with the concept" and decided to make the film purely on the basis of an English synopsis of the French book. See more »

Goofs

At Fr. Flaherty's ordination, the presiding bishop speaks of "several of the young priests we have today ordained" enlisting as military chaplains. The shot then shows him and his fellow ordinands listening to the bishop's address, but all of them are wearing wearing their stoles over their left shoulders. This is the style appropriate to deacons; if they had been ordained, their stoles should be hanging around their necks. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood vs. Religion (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

(I've Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo
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Music by Harry Warren
Played at the wedding reception
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one of the best worst movies i've seen
11 March 2006 | by dawny-dooSee all my reviews

saw this as a sneak preview, and there was a lot of mumbling in full theater as reeve was cast as priest, to begin with. more mumbling ensued as film went on, then laughter, and occasional comments from crowd. loved scenes as lines of people approached the pope, and the overhead camera view was hysterical when eyes met. one comment from crowd was directed at diminuative pope character- "ET phone home". i've been looking for it on video for years for a good laugh, but couldn't even find it among reeve's credits. kudos to bujold for listing everything no matter how nasty... i don't remember anyone leaving the theater, as i've seen in some sneak previews, probably because the of the 'so bad it was good' factor.


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