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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.

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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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Taglines:

They chose him by mistake, now they want him dead. 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

Ernest Clark's last film. See more »

Quotes

Cardinal Rocco: [Dying from gunshot wound] Women!
[gasp]
Cardinal Rocco: You can't live with 'em,
[gasp]
Cardinal Rocco: and ya...
[dies]
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Filmed entirely in Europe, not far from the Vatican. See more »


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Performed by Mike Sanchez with the Big Town Playboys
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Our Father, who art in trouble....
4 December 2002 | by Paul ShrimptonSee all my reviews

.... was the tagline for this movie, and if you want something to take seriously, this ain't it.

Some of the voters and commenters for this movie appear to belong to those particular group of planet-dwellers for whom everything needs a reason, and to whom every joke needs to be explained in detail, so that they can see why they should find it funny.

Coltrane, Edmondson, Lom, Rocco, and Sessions all give creditable if unchallenging performances using a script that is light-hearted without being offensive and a plot that is interesting without being stretching. The movie has a laugh at itself, it's subject, the actors, and also the viewers, some of whom obviously take life and movies far too seriously. IT'S ENTERTAINMENT, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!!

Oh, by the way I really enjoyed the movie - helped me to take my life off the hook for 90 minutes.


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