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Monsignor (1982)





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An ambitious priest discovers that honoring the Ten Commandments isn't as easy as he imagined in this drama. Father John Flaherty (Christopher Reeve) is a Catholic priest who was ordained during World War II, and soon found himself forced to fight enemy forces while serving as a chaplain in the Army. As his life and career in the church moves on, Flaherty finds himself frequently torn between his duty and devotion to the church and his ambitions, appetites, and the notion that the ends can justify the means. Flaherty eventually rises through the church hirarchy to win an appointment at the Vatican, where he helps to manage the church's finances. When the Vatican's books reveals a major cash flow crisis, Flaherty suggests a rather unusual plan to Cardinal Santoni (Fernando Rey) -- buy hard-to-find American goods at a discount, and then sell them at a profit to mafia kingpins, who will then sell them on the black market at premium prices. As Flaherty and Santoni debate the ethics of this scheme, Flaherty meets and finds himself becoming attracted to Clara (Genevieve Bujold), a postulant nun. Posing as an American businessman, Flaherty romances and seduces Clara, until she discovers his secret. Monsignor also stars Jason Miller, Robert Prosky, and Joe Patoliano.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Abraham Polonsky, Wendell Mayes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 31, 2012
20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Fernando Rey
as Santoni
Jason Miller
as Appolini
Tomás Milian
as Francisco
Robert Prosky
as Bishop Walkman
Milena Vukotic
as Sister Verna
Jan Danby
as Lieutenant
Joe Spinell
as Bride's Father
Ritza Brown
as Maid of Honor
Carolyn Russoff
as Secretary
Yanti Somer
as Secretary
Tracy Bonbrest
as Postulant
Greg Snegoff
as Soldier
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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (4)

Lots of potential for a rare, absorbing, behind-the-scenes look at the Vatican is totally blown.

Full Review… | October 30, 2007
Top Critic

Mortal sins, true confessions, purple stuff.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

I do not object to the filmmaker's desire to make a film of overwhelming cynicism about the Vatican power structure. I simply object to the film they have made.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Monsignor manages to make itself the most extravagant piece of Hollywood junk since Mommie Dearest, for which the producer Frank Yablans and the director Frank Perry were also responsible.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

This wretched melodrama, set against a backdrop of altars, papal blessings, and promiscuous priests, has all the content of an empty chalice.

Full Review… | October 30, 2007
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