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Monsignor

Christopher Reeve , Genevieve Bujold , Frank Perry  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christopher Reeve, Genevieve Bujold, Fernando Rey, Jason Miller
  • Directors: Frank Perry
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005TMGY86
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,012 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Monsignor" on IMDb

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An ambitious American veteran turned priest (Christopher Reeve, Somewhere In Time) journeys to Rome to take his assignment as the Vatican’s new treasurer. But upon his arrival he finds the holy coffer nearly bare, and he takes it upon himself to refill it, striking illegal business deals with a U.S. Army sergeant with ties to the Italian Mob. The young priest’s morality is corrupted even further when he meets and seduces a beautiful young woman (Genevieve Bujold) on her way to becoming a nun. Can his faith save him before his sins condemn him?


From director Frank Perry (Mommie Dearest) comes a tale of ambition, greed, lust and power, boasting stellar performances from supporting cast members including Jason Miller (The Exorcist), Fernando Rey (The French Connection) and Joe Pantoliano.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Film March 14, 2005
By R. Shaw
Format:VHS Tape
It's amazing to me to read such widely opposing comments about this film. Mostly ignored, this film has perhaps a storyline that's rather difficult to believe, but many problems in Christiandom read more like fiction than fact in real life. Some Catholics may be offended by the film.

The movie starts out as a young Christopher Reeves, then a chaplin, has to make a choice as the Nazi troups close in, whether to open fire or not, as one of his soldiers dies of a bullet wound. Reeves ends up in the Vatican and through an unusual set of circumstances, relieves the church of its financial woes during WWII by selling Vatican supplies through the black market. He is befriended by a Cardinal, (Fernando Rey) whose performance in this film was perhaps the best of all the cast. Reeves ends up having an affair with the lovely Genevieve Bujold, their first encounter romantic, yet painful. The story continues with Reeves becoming involved in high finance as a bank manager for the Vatican, taking the blame for a multi-million dollar scandal brought on by a rogue mafia operative.

The film has been criticized for its fanciful plot, but at least we're not dealing with a child molestation, but a priest making very difficult choices while other priests are quick to condemn. It is a story of sin and redeption. Beautiful score by John Williams.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Despite bad reviews, a great movie! January 4, 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I generally only like movies which movie critics think are exceptional movies, but this movie is an exception. The critics and many people really trashed this movie, many because it is so anti-catholic. Don't be put off by the bad reviews. I think Chris Reeves has a great performance in this movie.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another misunderstood movie, worth to be re-evaluated November 4, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
The plot of this movie is excellent and meaningful. It takes us behind the golden façades of the Vatican's walls and makes us take a plunge into its controversial policies and hipocritical acts. The only thing that ruins the plot is a love story of the main character à la "Torn Birds", which is meant as a "reminder" to us, that even priests have a heart (well, we know already). For the rest, the movie is flawless, and follows a very sinister path that at times crosses into true facts, which unfortunately, did happen. Christopher Reeve plays convincingly. Absolutely not recommended for those who "believe" in the Church. For all the others, it is a worthy insight into the machineries of power and corruption, even among the Holy Walls. To you, the final judgment...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chris Reeve - Monsignor March 27, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
I too, found the story to be very far-fetched, 'til I read an article in the Los Angeles Times concerning the American Cardinal that was in charge of the Vatican Bank concerning some 'slight' irregularities of one (financial) type or another. Interesting timing?

My ultimate view of the movie is that it was a love story. The love that a man had for his church and for his girl. Never mind that the girl was a nun-in-training.

For me, the confrontation scene in the church just messed with my head - that is - I could actually 'feel' Monsignor Flaherty's agony. Don't get me wrong, people in the theatre actually laughed, but there was nothing even remotely funny about 'being caught' like that, and the ramifications should have been nothing less than catastrophic for him.

For those who termed the movie Campy, Cheesy or whatever other adjectives you may choose to describe this movie, I say get yourself a copy and see for yourself. Oh, and the acting was actually decent! Three stars for the film! R.I.P. Mr. & Mrs. Chris Reeve!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful betrayal confrontation November 6, 2010
Format:VHS Tape
I am one who agrees the movie is not only better but different than perceived by the critics. I don't think it is laughable. You can take it as a stylized metaphor or parable of Catholic reality. Quite remarkable how that which was too over-the-top to be taken seriously a while back now seems like an expected headline. Nobody thought it preposterous when Coppola put the Pope and Michael Corleone in the same bed.

However, the character played by Geneviève Bujold..this is amazing. She seems the embodiment of the intrinsic conflict in Christianity/Catholicism with regard to matters of the flesh versus those of the "spirit." She is a victim of the dichotomy because she does not reject it as false on its face, as it should be rejected.

Her incipient 'hope' growing from within the otherwise desultory hook-up grows. She invests in it. It could be the healing of her torture.

But then the betrayal. Okay, perhaps on hearing this plot-point it seems all too clichéd...but Bujold brings home the pain. The way the filmmakers set up and record the reveal of the betrayal and the intense, naked confrontation just afterwards, with rage-justified words and gesture...I know of no other such counter-attack of the wounded soul.

The film is worth it just for this scene.

John Donohue
Pasadena, CA
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie!!! July 7, 2012
By KRob
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When it comes to reviews and individual taste, it makes sense for there to be varying opinions; therefore, I can only offer my thoughts while trying to make them as unbiased as possible. There has not, in my opinion, been a detailed précis of the film that will adequately inform people of the storyline. It is my hope to provide one. However, it should be noted that I absolutely love this movie, and have ever since I first saw it around the age of 13. I have literally worn my VHS copy out, and have been waiting with bated breath for it to be released on DVD. Having my bias regarding the film stated, let's begin the plot synopsis (WARNING!!!!! Spoiler alert!).

This movie always struck me as a "darker" version of the 1963 Academy-Award winning classic, The Cardinal; and has elements that will appeal to those who enjoyed Mario Puzo's, The Godfather. Though it is NOT based on a true story, the film does bring to light several issues that have the potential of offending those with Roman Catholic sensibilities, but - as I suggest - it doesn't have to. The story begins with the ordination of a young New York priest, Father John Flaherty (Reeve), who decides to act as an army chaplain during WWII. Before leaving for the frontline, the audience learns that Flaherty is the favorite of a powerful New York bishop, and best friends with a man - Varese (Cortese) - married into a mafia family (more on that to follow). In the heat of battle, and after hearing the faithless comments of a dying soldier, Flaherty opens fire on an approaching German contingent, allowing a counter-attack to take place.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This underrated Christopher Reeve gem is hindered only by its...
"Monsignor" was released when Christopher Reeve was at his peak: "Superman" had taken American by storm in the late 70's and into the early 80's. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Matthew Carr
5.0 out of 5 stars Monsignor
The movie in my openion was one of the Best movies that Steve Reeves made. It was captivating during the whole movie. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Madelyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Reeve at His Best
It amazes me that so few people have ever seen or even heard of this movie. It's far and away the best production starring Christopher Reeve, with the possible exception of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ima Pseudonym
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent film; but hard to critique
This film, set in the latter stages of World War II, has a dual plot in which its main character, Father John Flaherty, played by Christopher Reeve, walks a fine line between good... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marvin D. Pipher
4.0 out of 5 stars Often overlooked movie...
Monsignor starring Christopher Reeves is a much underrated movie that has much to offer. Christopher Reeves is NOT superman in this movie, instead a priest that becomes involved... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Monsignor
This movie is one of my top 50 bes movies ever. I don't know why it doesn't get more play. This is right up there with the Godfather.
Published 6 months ago by agr68
4.0 out of 5 stars Senes looked like they where done in actual sites
A believable story line, Fine acting. The delivery was made in a timely interval. Price was right too. I've been pleased with my purchaces
Published 7 months ago by yogi62
5.0 out of 5 stars An old favorite from VHS finally on DVD
Have loved this movie for years. A young Christopher Reeve did a great job with the part. I would definitely recommend this film to friends and family.
Published 8 months ago by Norma V
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film!
I saw this film years ago at the theater. I loved Christopher Reeve, he was a great actor and had an untimely demise. Read more
Published 11 months ago by S. A. Costa
4.0 out of 5 stars Great score by John Williams, great acting by Christopher Reeve.
This film gets a lot of hate mail, and it is a mess in places. But so are a lot of operas that are still popular. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Chad A Olivera
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