Gone With The Pope
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(Mar 24, 2015)
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"Lost for over 30 years, GONE WITH THE POPE stars famed nightclub performer Duke Mitchell as Paul, a paroled gangster with an unholy scheme: to kidnap the Pope and 'charge a dollar from every Catholic in the world' as the ransom". Shot in 1975, GONE WITH THE POPE was unfinished at the time of Duke Mitchell's death in 1981.
Sage Stallone and Bob Murawski of Grindhouse Releasing rediscovered GONE WITH THE POPE in 1995 and vowed to save it from obscurity. Academy Award-winning film editor Murawski (THE HURT LOCKER, ARMY OF DARKNESS) spent 15 years completing GONE WITH THE POPE from the surviving film elements. Grindhouse Releasing proudly presents the Holy Grail of exploitation cinema!
- Spectacular 2K digital restoration from the original 35mm camera negative
- Three stunning audio options - mono, stereo and 5.1 - mixed by Emmy award-winning mixer Marti Humphrey
- In-depth interviews with stars Jim LoBianco and John Murgia, cinematographer Peter Santoro, editors Bob Leighton and Robert Florio, and legendary exploitation producer/director Matt Cimber
- Footage from the 2010 Hollywood World Premiere
- Deleted scenes and bloopers
- Liner notes by acclaimed horror novelist John Skipp
- Extensive still galleries and theatrical trailer
- AND OTHER SURPRISES!
A GLORIOUS MASTERPIECE! - Jeff Meyers, Detroit Metro Times --Jeff Meyers, Detroit Metro Times
"An exemplary piece of exploitation entertainment". - Louis Albo, Los Angeles Times
"Gloriously, hilariously offensive...
an incredible hybrid, with Mitchell's decidedly dated sensibility
delivered in a modern, masterfully quick-cut package."
-Karina Longworth, LA Weekly
"Mind-bending...with Duke Mitchell's cult following steadily building on what seems to be a daily basis, one can only wonder how far and wide the legacy of this entertainment jack of all trades will go". -Nathaniel Thompson, TCM Underground --Nathaniel Thompson, TCM Underground
"The rare film that is BETTER than its trailer... a great forgotten gem". - Josh Hurtado, TWITCHFILM
"A virtual torrent of bloodshed... This makes the GODFATHER movies look like Sunday school picnic outings!" -LAS VEGAS SUN
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Despite all the above, the movie is bizarrely watchable and will stick with you as an utter mess. Apparently, even the crazy auteur of this film Duke Mitchell didn't even want to release it. Goodness knows what all he left on the floor. However, his wishes were not appeased after his death and much like Vladimir Nabokov's Original of Laura we got a nuclear mess on the hands of trash film lovers that's hard to ignore. Yeah, it's disgusting, the sound is off, and the plot makes zero sense. The same time, it's oddly endearing and while they can't seem to make up their minds about whether you should be a decent person or not, They have a weird Hallmark Movie moment involving conversion to Christianity. It's a bit like your surly teen that in the end just wants attention. Your mileage will vary but I found it hilarious.
One of the upsides of this movie is its naturalistic visual elements. We get a slew of pleasantly dated location shots, particularly the obligatory Vegas montage circa 1976. And the fashion. Oh, the fashion. The cover art gives you a hint as to what to expect in this domain. Another plus that "Gone With the Pope" has is he charisma of its auteur, Duke Mitchell. Easygoing, witty, at times blatantly racist and unconvincingly intimidating, Mitchell's personality makes viewers wish his canon was broader that just these two films.
Hilariously vulgar racist quips, exploiting a fat person, criticizing the church, something about Jews and WWII, an ambiguous as Hell ending, and all the effort put in to polishing a turd; I found this equally enjoyable as MMS. If you liked its predecessor, you're sure to like this, too.
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Not as violent as the Mafia film but still enjoyable.