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The Two Popes (2019)

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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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Cast

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

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Official Sites:

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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:

$204,998
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie is based on historical events, including public speeches and published religious debates, but the private conversations between Bergoglio and Ratzinger are mostly based on conjectures. Writer Anthony McCarten commented: "What you always do is you speculate. Hopefully that speculation is based in facts and the truth, and hopefully it's inspired." See more »

Goofs

When Cardinal Bergoglio quotes the Bible to Pope Benedict he says it is from Isaiah 41 Chapter 10. It should be Chapter 41 Verse 10. See more »

Quotes

Pope Francis: And remind you that truth may be vital, but without love, it is unbearable. Caritas in veritate.
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Crazy Credits

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Connections

Referenced in Lights Out with David Spade: Episode #1.72 (2020) See more »

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Dancing Queen
Written by Björn Ulvaeus (as Bjoern Ulvaeus), Benny Andersson and Stig Anderson
Performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Courtesy of Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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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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