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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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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.
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!!
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.Read more ›
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Very good movie. Relates to the corruption in the Catholic Church and the in fighting that go on within the Church.Published 5 months ago by Big Dog
I simply loved and admired Christopher Reeve....this is a very interesting movie...and was told a great deal of truth in the story line.
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I liked the movie, however it lacks subtitles ((CC) for the hard of hearing.Published 17 months ago by Dr. Kenneth D. George
Such a BEAUTIFUL man.... It's why I bought this DVD ;-)))))))))))) His eyes and his face are out of this world... Like DIVINE... ;-)))))))))))))Published 18 months ago by M. Krawitz