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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.


Fernando Meirelles
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 52 nominations. See more awards »





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)


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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce are Welshmen despite playing a German (Pope Benedict/Joseph Ratzinger) and an Argentine (Pope Francis/Jorge Bergoglio) respectively. See more »


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 »


Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio: I'd sort out the bank
Cardinal Ratzinger: Yeah, good luck with that.
Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio: Yeah, well the banks almost destroyed my country.
Cardinal Ratzinger: Yeah.
Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio: You know they beg for deregulation, like tigers begging to be let out of a cage.
Cardinal Ratzinger: Yeah
Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio: They devour everything in sight.
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Referenced in Lights Out with David Spade: Episode #1.72 (2020) See more »


Written by Mario Galeano (as Toro Mario Galeano) and Mad Professor (as Neil Joseph Fraser)
Performed by Frente Cumbiero and Mad Professor
Courtesy of Ariwa Music and Vampi Soul
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Two strong, honest, performances giving plenty of food for thought.
29 November 2019 | by CinemaSerfSee all my reviews

This is quite a clever piece of work. Both performances demonstrate a complex, sometimes conflicted, humanity in a touching and thought-provoking way. Hopkins, as the scholarly Benedict XVI coming to realise that he no longer feels capable - for various reasons - to remain Pontiff and Pryce as Cardinal Bergoglio with whom he has little in common, and who has come to Rome to seek his permission to retire. The story focuses more on the trials and tribulations of Bergoglio as he rises to prominence in the Jesuit order and navigates the political turmoil of Argentina in the 70s and 80s where he develops a much less "conservative" approach to the issues facing the Catholic Church than his Pope. By the conclusion, however, both men appear reconciled to the honesty and integrity of the other. The extent to which the detail is true is anyone's guess - but by using humour, sport and even ABBA, this proves to be an intimate observational film that is certainly one of Netflix' better commissions.

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Release Date:

20 December 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos


Color | Black and White (some scenes)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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