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The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)

Two cousins unknowingly rob the mob and face the dangerous consequences.

Director:

Stuart Rosenberg

Writers:

Vincent Patrick (novel), Vincent Patrick (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Roberts ... Paulie
Mickey Rourke ... Charlie
Daryl Hannah ... Diane
Geraldine Page ... Mrs. Ritter
Kenneth McMillan ... Barney
Tony Musante ... Pete
M. Emmet Walsh ... Burns
Burt Young ... Bed Bug Eddie
Jack Kehoe ... Bunky
Philip Bosco ... Paulie's Father
Val Avery ... Nunzi
Joe Grifasi ... Jimmy the Cheese Man
Tony DiBenedetto Tony DiBenedetto ... Ronnie
Ronald Maccone Ronald Maccone ... Nicky
Betty Miller ... Nora
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Storyline

Charlie and his troublesome cousin Paulie decide to steal $150000 in order to back a "sure thing" race horse that Paulie has inside information on. The aftermath of the robbery gets them into serious trouble with the local Mafia boss and the corrupt New York City police department. Written by Grant Hamilton <n9431210@scholar.nepean.uws.edu.au>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pope of Greenwich Village See more »

Filming Locations:

Warwick, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,544,624, 24 June 1984

Gross USA:

$6,836,201

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,836,201
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Company Credits

Production Co:

United Artists See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Michael Cimino was asked to direct this film, but didn't think it was a good fit for him. As a favor to the producers, who were on a deadline, he went to New York and did all the preproduction. When they were set to begin shooting, the producers again asked Cimino to direct, but considering the budget, he thought that they needed someone who could work faster than he was used to working. They hired Rosenberg. See more »

Goofs

When Walter (Bunky) (Jack Kehoe) falls into the elevator shaft, Charlie goes down to see if the guy is still alive or not. Charlie finds out it's a cop & also that he has a wire tape on him. When Charlie checks Bunky's pulse in Bunky's neck, the actor leans into Charlie's hand. He is supposed to be dead, and not moving. See more »

Quotes

Charlie: Mister. I am the Pope, this might be your church, right now I'm the Pope of Greenwich Village 'cause I got the tape alright?
Bedbug Eddie: I like you have balls. I don't get too mad at that.
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.197 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Summer Wind
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Reprise Records by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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What's not to love about this film?
21 June 2001 | by MiryeaSee all my reviews

This was a great film to watch. Finding it in the action-section of the videostore, and seeing the cover, I was kinda afraid it would be just another fast-firing action movie. It sure wasn't. Indeed, this film is a story of character, and it is done so well!!!

The story is well written, with great understanding of the characters, and I feel that the same goes for the actors. They seem to understand their characters, and really carry them out. With that I'd have to give just a little more praise to Eric Roberts, than to Mickey Rourke. Both have before and since then proven that they are capable enough, despite their disappointing careers, and, truth be told, some less performances. But the character of Charlie is really a likable guy. He is the voice of reason of the film, the one we would all like to think we recognize in ourselves. While Paulie, on the other hand, is a different story. Portrayed any differently, he could very well be an ass. I mean, if you knew anybody that set you up, cost you your job, didn't ever listen to you, rat you out, lied to you... Would you like that person? Probably not. But Charlie likes Paulie, and the only thing that makes that believable, is the fact that WE like Paulie. Roberts somehow accomplishes to create this totally unreliable character that you just can't help but adore, and sometimes feel sorry for. He's a moron, but he's sweet and he means well, kinda. He looks up to Charlie, who really hasn't accomplished much more in his life, he just carries it better.

And poor Paulie is so annoying that he is endearing. I almost felt his pain when he was being 'interrogated'. Hilarious hairdo, by the way. For Rourke, this was not any new territory, he played this type of character more often. That doesn't mean he didn't do it fabulously, though, he did. Nothing new, but still good. Indeed one of the best performances of his career. That shows you that award shows mean nothing.

Page is also very good, and rightly recognized for it, and Daryl Hannah can't act, but you can't really blame her for trying anyway, since she seems to be getting away with it. And the poor girl really tries.


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