The Pope of Greenwich Village1984
The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)
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as Mrs. Ritter
as Bed Bug Eddie
as Paulie's Father
as Jimmy the Cheese
as Fat Waldo
as Summons Man
as Tommy Botondo
as Bartender at Sal's
as Waiter at Sal's
as Eating Man at Sal's
as 1st Crew Chief
as Bartender at Limehouse
as Waitress at Country Inn
as Hat Check Girl
as Terry, the Groom
as Stickball Player
as Assistant Cook
as Restaurant Helper
as Toll Booth Attendant
as Toll Booth Attendant
Critic Reviews for The Pope of Greenwich Village
This movie is not really about anything except behavior, and the only human drama in it is the story of the safecracker and his family. That doesn't mean it's not worth seeing. The behavior is well-observed.
The Pope Of Greenwich Village benefits immensely from Rosenberg's decision to film on location in Little Italy, which gives every scene a lived-in feel.
Mickey Rourke at the height of his powers.
A colorful, funny and very authentic slice of New York City street life. One of the most underrated, overlooked films of the 1980s.
Audience Reviews for The Pope of Greenwich Village
Rourke is okay but Eric Roberts character is so annoying that you can't wait for the film to end. Geraldine Page was a great actress but an Oscar nomination for this?
I've only been trying to see this movie for 20 years. It finally came to the top of my netflix queue. What a wonderful little movie this is -- and so authentically New York. This is probably the last real New York movie before the bizarre and depressing takeover by the WASP haute bourgeoisie that started in the 1990s and has now been complete -- at least in Manhattan. The real New York is now only in Brooklyn and the rest of the outer boroughs. But if you want a taste of what real Manhattan used to be, check this film out. It oozes love of NY from every pore. It's a bit slow at times. The editing could have been more taut. But the story is fantastic, focusing in on two lower-class neighborhood boys (played beautifully by Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts) whose deep love of each other is challenged by a series of excruciating complications that stem from their pathetic attempt at a heist. This film should be thought of as a companion to 'The Godfather.' The supporting cast is incredibly good, including Geraldine Page and a large group of unknown actors. Director Stuart Rosenberg ("Cool Hand Luke," "The Drowning Pool"), who died in 2007, deserved more recognition than he got for this. Thank you, Mr. Rosenberg, for this touching NY gem. My favorite line from the movie: "WASPs, they outgrow people. Italians, we outgrow clothes, not people."
Two restaurateurs turned thieves pull off a heist but anger the mob. Mickey Rourke was damn attractive in his younger days, and his talent, on full display in this film, makes his career's eventual fizzle all the more tragic. His performance in this film doesn't sink to the depths of cliche the way some New York gangster portrayals do, remaining subtle, understated, and honest. Eric Roberts complements him perfectly with a performance that dances back and forth and around the line between over-acting and portraying a crazy character. The film, however, ends without resolving many of the conflicts it constructed along the way, and the deus ex machnia is so obvious that it's almost unpredictable. I would have been okay with the ending if the rest of the film didn't have so much grit, epitomized by Rourke who always seems like he's one step away from insanity. Overall, see this film to appreciate Rourke, what he was, what he still is in films like The Wrestler, and what he could have been.
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