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The Two Popes (2019)

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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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 55 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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Rated PG-13 for thematic content and some disturbing violent images. | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Like Pope Benedict XVI, Anthony Hopkins is an accomplished pianist and actually plays the piano in this movie. See more »

Goofs

In the confession scene Benedict XVI starts talking about Fr. Marcial Maciel and implies that he covered his crimes. The opposite is true. Before becoming pope Cardinal Jospeh Ratzinger started two investigations against Maciel (in 1999 and 2005) and after becoming pope Benedict XVI removed Maciel from office in 2006. Shortly after that, Maciel died. See more »

Quotes

Pope Benedict: You know, there's a saying, uh, God always corrects one pope by presenting the world with another pope. I should... I'd like to see my correction.
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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

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

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Blackbird
Written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon
Performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Courtesy of Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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Amazing writing, amazing performances, incredible movie
24 December 2019 | by steven-leibsonSee all my reviews

I'm not a Catholic, and this movie is very, very Catholic. But beyond that, it's one of the deepest cinematic examinations of faith I've ever seen. Sir Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce, playing Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (who later becomes Pope Francis) respectively, both deliver brilliant, finely crafted lines with stellar performances. (It's somewhat ironic that two Welsh actors are playing a German and an Argentenian, but most of the film is spoken in English, so it works out in some strange way.) I really didn't follow the most recent transition between Popes, so I had not expected to be so deeply involved with this movie, but I am very glad to have watched it. Highly recommended for its insightful look into the human condition and the underpinnings of faith with its sometimes wavering texture, even for the most religious of us. Beautifully filmed on location in Argentina and the Vatican. If you subscribe to Netflix, then I suggest you watch this movie tonight.


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UK | Italy

Release Date:

20 December 2019 (USA) See more »

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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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Dolby Atmos

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Color | Black and White (some scenes)

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1.85 : 1
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