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A young pope who feels he has lost touch with the people accidentally locks himself out of the Vatican and believes it is part of God's plan for him.

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Robert M. Young

Writers:

Celia Gittelson (novel), Richard Kramer | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Conti ... Pope Leo XIV
Fernando Rey ... Cardinal Stefano Biondi
Erland Josephson ... Monsignor Francesco Ghezzi
Giancarlo Giannini ... Abalardi
Donald Hewlett ... Monsignor Colin McGee
Edward James Olmos ... Ciolino
Patricia Mauceri ... Lucia
Angelo Evans Angelo Evans ... Giuliano
Marta Zoffoli ... Isabella
Guido Alberti Guido Alberti ... Cardinal Augusto Morante
Massimo Sarchielli ... Fortunato
Massimo Serato ... Monsignor Betti
Agnès Nobecourt Agnès Nobecourt ... Mother of Sick Boy
Jorge Krimer Jorge Krimer ... Secretary, Sistine Chapel
Tom Felleghy Tom Felleghy ... Ambassador
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Storyline

A newly-elected Pope Leo XIV finds himself accidentally locked out of the Vatican. Unknown to the outside world, he winds up in an impoverished Italian village, where his adventures ultimately teach the Pope and his new friends some important lessons about friendship and self-esteem. Written by Chris DeSantis <ccdesan@burgoyne.com>

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1986 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein wahrer Jünger seines Herrn See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,590, 4 May 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,209
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was to be Embassy's (formerly Avco Embassy) last film. They disbanded shortly after this was released. See more »

Quotes

Abalardi: [Tongue in cheek] Excuse the sheep. They see so few Popes.
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Really Good Movie, Much Underrated
15 March 1999 | by Leo-12See all my reviews

Ebert liked it. Maltin hated it. Maltin's usually reliable, but not here. Tom Conti, Giancarlo Giannini, and Fernando Rey are all terrific here in improbable story about how depressed young pope gets accidentally locked out of the Vatican and has an adventure amongst Italian peasants in a remote village. This is admittedly a feel-good flick, but its message is nonetheless both strong and timeless. As an added plus: on-location cinematography is gorgeous.


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