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Saving Grace (1986)

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.

Director:

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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A warm, compassionate comedy! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Runtime:

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

Pope Leo XIV: For Popes the flames are hotter.
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A well-acted and rewarding film.
5 March 2001 | by sally-1See all my reviews

A gentle and, to some extent, undemanding film, Saving Grace (1985) is well written and well acted. Tom Conti is perfectly cast as a human pope, approachable, not too pious and aware of temptation and yet he emanates goodness and calm. Essentially the film is about a learning curve that this pope must go through - in his determination to help a group of his poorer subjects he learns how they live, as well as finding out about himself. It will have you angry and in tears, but also smiling and happy, and it gives you that wonderful belief, reminiscent of childhood, that in the end all can be right with the world. It's that feeling of gentle pleasure and satisfaction that will make you want to see the film again and again.


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