- The Pope Must Die
name = The Pope Must Die
Stephen Woolley Bob Weinstein Harvey Weinstein
Channel 4 Films
Peter Richardson Pete Richens
Robbie Coltrane Alex Rocco Peter Richardson
Jeff Beck Anne Dudley
August 31 1991
runtime = 97 min.
country = UK
language = English
budget = £2.5 million
gross = $582,510
imdb_id = 0102691
"The Pope Must Die" (U.S. alternate title: "The Pope Must Die(t)") is a 1991
comedy filmstarring Robbie Coltrane, Adrian Edmondson, Annette Crosbie, Alex Roccoand Peter Richardsonwho also directed.
The plot is predicated on the Vatican being controlled by the
Mafia. The movie opens with the death of the previous Popeand the Mob's tame Cardinal (Alex Rocco) successfully persuading the College of Cardinalsto elect the Mafia's favoured candidate to the papacy, Albini. Unfortunately the secretary of the College of Cardinals ( Adrian Edmondson) is hard of hearing, and announces the similar name of an honest parish priest, Albinizi, ( Robbie Coltrane) who thus becomes Pope. As the plot develops, the Pope demands to see the Vatican accounts and discovers the gun-smuggling and stolen merchandise operations, and confronts the Mob, who decide that the Pope must die...
Robbie Coltraneas The Pope
Alex Roccoas Cardinal Rocco
Peter Richardsonas Bish
Annette Crosbieas Mother Superior
Adrian Edmondsonas Father Rookie
Herbert Lomas Vittorio Corelli
Balthazar Gettyas Joe Don Dante
* After much outcry from Roman Catholics, the film's US title was changed by the addition of a single letter. The new title, "The Pope Must Diet", was marked on some promotional material with the final letter "T" in the form of a crucifix.
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