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The Two Popes (2019)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 20 December 2019 (USA)
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Behind Vatican walls, the conservative Pope Benedict XVI 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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1,875 ( 171)
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 52 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Cardinal Ratzinger / Pope Benedict
Jonathan Pryce ... Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio / Pope Francis
Juan Minujín ... Younger Jorge Bergoglio
Luis Gnecco ... Cardinal Hummes
Cristina Banegas ... Lisabetta
María Ucedo María Ucedo ... Esther Ballestrino
Renato Scarpa ... Camerlengo
Sidney Cole ... Cardinal Turkson
Achille Brugnini Achille Brugnini ... Cardinal Martini
Federico Torre ... Protodeacon Estevez
Germán de Silva ... Father Yorio
Lisandro Fiks Lisandro Fiks ... Father Jalics
Libero De Rienzo ... Roberto
Willie Jonah Willie Jonah ... Cardinal Arinze
Sofia Cessak Sofia Cessak ... Amalia Damonte (as Sofia Mayra Cessak)
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Storyline

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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Inspired by true events.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Fernando Meirelles and Anthony Hopkins previously worked together on 360 (2011). See more »

Goofs

The movie implies that Bergoglio had a fiancée and almost got married. This is fake news. Amalia, the girl shown in the movie, is real-life Amalia Damante who grew up in Bergoglio's neighborhood and they often went to school together. In the book "Francis. The real story of his life" Damante explains that their so called "romance" is based on a love letter that Jorge Bergoglio wrote when he was 12 years old. In the book Damante says: "The media made me the pope's fiancée which is not true. We were 12 years old at this time and good friends, that's all." See more »

Quotes

Pope Benedict: Perhaps we'll find God over there, on the journey, I'll introduce you to Him.
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Crazy Credits

When the Italian, Argentinian and Uruguayan units are listed in the end credits, their respective national flags are shown on the upper left corner of the screen. See more »

Connections

References Rex: A Cop's Best Friend (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Blackbird
Written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon
Performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Courtesy of Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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As peculiar as it might sound, this movie is totally not about religion and that is why it's gotten the reaction it has.
26 December 2019 | by Aktham_TashtushSee all my reviews

From the title alone you'd think this is about religion or some kinda propaganda to re-polish the Vatican but it is just not ... It is a two hours of someones life and how change even on the most strict situations can bring progress.

Anthony McCarten wrot an amazing flawless script, I mean in the last five years you'll see his name on Theory of Everything, Darkest Hour, Bohemian Rhapsody and then he brought us this... the directing and visuals ,, and more importantly the beauty of multi sets from Italy to Argentina were all on point.

Now to the cast ... My goodness the duo of Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce was unbelievable !! the dialogue went like , how can they do this !! you can absolutely sense the level of acting between these two ... It was like a dance ,by the way there was a scene right at the end where they both try to dance tango 😂

Anyway ,, some people will get political and might not like it and probably call it a Hollywood propaganda ,, but it mostly got high review for one reason and one reason only,, because it is a heartwarming story executed brilliantly.


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Official Sites:

Official Netflix

Country:

UK | Italy

Release Date:

20 December 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$243,711
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color | Black and White (some scenes)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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