The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)


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Set on the streets of New York's Little Italy, this dramatic series of character studies chronicles the lives and relationships between a disparate pair of Italian American cousins. Both of them want to leave the poverty of ghetto life, but each takes a dramatically different route.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Vincent Patrick
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On DVD: May 8, 2001
MGM Home Entertainment


as Paulie

as Charlie Moran

as Mrs. Ritter

as Barney Rush

as Bed Bug Eddie

as Bunky

as Paulie's Father

as Nunzi

as Jimmy, the Cheese M...

as Fat Waldo

as Summons Man

as Inspector

as Ginty

as Tommy Botondo

as Bartender at Sal's

as Waiter at Sal's

as Frankie

as Eating Man at Sal's

as 1st Crew Chief

as Bartender at Limehou...

as Waitress at Country ...

as Hat Check Girl

as Terry, the Groom

as Anthony

as Stickball Player

as Policewoman

as Assistant Cook

as Restaurant Helper

as Toll Booth Attendant

as Toll Booth Attendant
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Critic Reviews for The Pope of Greenwich Village

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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | September 18, 2004
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review… | June 17, 2015
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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?

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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."

Bill D 2007
William Dunmyer

Super Reviewer

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.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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