The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)
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Movie InfoSet 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 when one of them joins the mob and the other accidentally impregnates his girlfriend. When the young gangster gets into deep trouble, the other must reevaluate his goals and his true feelings about his family. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for The Pope of Greenwich Village
Mickey Rourke at the height of his powers.
A colorful, funny and very authentic slice of New York City street life. One of the most underrated, overlooked films of the 1980s.
A fantastic flick from stem to stern; Penn & Roberts are just flawless together.
A gangster story with an odd Horatio Alger point-of-view. It's nonsense, but it's nonsense with some unpredictability and a conman's easy style.
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?More
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."
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.
Substandard; Roberts overacts; Rourke overbroods; predictably plotted; haphazardly directed. Other than Page, no one bothered to realistically convey emotion.More
The Pope of Greenwich Village Quotes
- Diane, Italians outgrow clothes not people.
- All I need is one good score.
- Horses can't make themselves better than they are, it's the gene that does the running. The horse don't have nothing to do with it.
- Charlie! They took my thumb!
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