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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 9 wins & 49 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Inspired by true events.


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

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Official Sites:

Official Netflix

Country:

UK | Italy

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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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$240,625
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Production Co:

Netflix See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

None of the film was shot in the Vatican as the filmmakers were denied permission to film there. 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

Cardinal Turkson: The most important qualification for any leader is not wanting to be leader. Plato.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, the title characters watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup final. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Blackbird
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Swingle Singers
also Performed by André Mehmari
also Performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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I love it, and I'm an atheist
22 December 2019 | by ivo-g-andreottiSee all my reviews

I've never felt compelled to write a review, but this time I felt I had to.

You see, this is a movie about two old guys, that believe in something I don't. The whole thing is pretty much just the two of them waking (slowly) and talking. No action, no beautiful woman, no explosions, no cursing. All the things I like in a movie and yet, I loved it.

It's well directed, planned, written and interpreted.

Thanks for making it, Netflix!


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