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The Pope Must Diet (1991)

The Pope Must Die (original title)
R | | Comedy | 30 August 1991 (USA)
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A less-than-qualified and far-from-perfect priest is mistakenly named the new pope. As the pontiff, he must deal with Vatican corruption, the Mob and the reappearance of his old lover.

Director:

Peter Richardson

Writers:

Peter Richardson (screenplay by), Pete Richens (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robbie Coltrane ... The Pope
Adrian Edmondson ... Father Rookie
Paul Bartel ... Monsignor Fitchie
Damir Mejovsek Damir Mejovsek ... Drunk Cardinal
Bozidar Smiljanic Bozidar Smiljanic ... Cardinal Spott
Salvatore Cascio ... Paulo
Alex Rocco ... Cardinal Rocco
Annette Crosbie ... Mother Superior
Marc Smith ... US News Reporter
Peter Richardson Peter Richardson ... Bish
Ranko Zidaric Ranko Zidaric ... Father Santini
Dani Segina Dani Segina ... Old Cardinal
William Hootkins ... Cardinal Verucci
Niall Buggy Niall Buggy ... BBC Reporter
Robert Stephens ... The Camarlengo
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Storyline

A less-than-qualified and far-from-perfect priest is mistakenly named the new pope. As the pontiff, he must deal with Vatican corruption, the Mob and the reappearance of his old lover. Written by Michael "Rabbit" Hutchison <rabhutch@spacestar.net>

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Our Father who art in trouble... See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sensuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pope Must Diet See more »

Filming Locations:

Yugoslavia

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£534,614 (United Kingdom), 27 June 1991, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$264,147, 2 September 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$582,510
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Steve Martin was offered the lead role, but passed. See more »

Quotes

The Pope: You're fired! Defrocked, call it what you like. You're Out!
Cardinal Rocco: Do you know who I am? I'm Cardinal Rocco, you're lucky you're being fed here!
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Crazy Credits

Filmed entirely in Europe, not far from the Vatican. See more »

Connections

Spun-off from The Comic Strip Presents... (1982) See more »

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Hungry Man
Performed by Mike Sanchez with the Big Town Playboys
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Brilliant drama
14 May 2003 | by Joe-290See all my reviews

Putting aside the fact that this film is meant to be a comedy, the whole concept is truly superb. Finally somebody in the film making world had the backbone to make a a joke out of the methods of Catholicism - something not done enough now. The film is hilarious and those who can't laugh at it, obviously just can't get the jokes. Robbie Coltrane did a great job and Alex Rocco gave a fine performance with Herbert Lom wonderful as usual.

It must have caused uproar in the Catholic church but no longer do film makers have to make comedy fiction in order to take a shot at this organisation because the scandals have created enough ideas to make hundereds of original movies (e.g. "A Love Divided", "The Magdalene Sisters". A fine, fine, fine movie but not to please devout Catholics which makes it even more amusing and fantastic.


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