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The Two Popes (2019)

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Releases December 20, 2019
Behind Vatican walls, the conservative Pope Benedict and the liberal future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church.

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Fernando Meirelles
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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jonathan Pryce ... Pope Francis
Anthony Hopkins ... Pope Benedict
Juan Minujín ... Pope Francis Young
Sidney Cole ... Cardinal Turkson
Thomas D Williams ... American Journalist
Federico Torre ... Medina Estevez
Pablo Trimarchi Pablo Trimarchi ... Militar
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walter Andrade Walter Andrade ... Mechanic
Juan Miguel Arias Juan Miguel Arias ... Paolo Gabriele
Lisandro Fiks Lisandro Fiks ... Father Jalics
Fabricio Martin Fabricio Martin ... Soldier
Matthew T. Reynolds ... English Reporter
Vincent Riotta Vincent Riotta ... Pope Benedick's Driver
María Ucedo María Ucedo ... Esther Ballestrine
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An intimate story of one of the most dramatic transitions of power in the last 2,000 years. Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins). Instead, facing scandal and self-doubt, the introspective Pope Benedict summons his harshest critic and future successor to Rome to reveal a secret that would shake the foundations of the Catholic Church. Behind Vatican walls, a struggle commences between both tradition and progress, guilt and forgiveness, as these two very different men confront their pasts in order to find common ground and forge a future for a billion followers around the world. Inspired by true events. Written by Netflix

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Rated PG-13 for thematic content and some disturbing violent images. | See all certifications »
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UK | Italy | Argentina | USA

Release Date:

20 December 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Two Popes See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Netflix See more »
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Dolby Atmos

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Color
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Trivia

Jonathan Pryce commented on his physical resemblance to Pope Francis at the Toronto International Film Festival: "The day Pope Francis was declared Pope, the Internet was full of images of me and him, and 'Is Jonathan Pryce the Pope?' Even my son texted me, 'Dad are you the Pope?'" See more »

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Pleasantly surprised
11 September 2019 | by gregorycookjohnsonSee all my reviews

I just watched this at TIFF, and thought it was a very charming film. The performances by Pryce and Hopkins were exceptional - very humorous, and the subtleties of there characters made for a fascinating chemistry. Highly recommended!


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