Saving Grace (1986)





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A fictional Pope (Pope Leo XIV) is tired of his ineffectual existence and decides to disguise himself as a helpful commoner who infiltrates the local village, giving strength and advice to the peasants.
Comedy , Drama
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Columbia Pictures


Tom Conti
as Pope Leo XIV
Fernando Rey
as Cardinal Stefano Biondi
Erland Josephson
as Monsignor Francesco Ghezzi
Donald Hewlett
as Monsignor Colin McGee
Angelo Evans
as Giuliano
Guido Alberti
as Cardinal Augusto Morante
Marta Zoffoli
as Isabella
Peter Boom
as Tourist
Massimo Serato
as Monsignor Betti
Agnes Nobercourt
as Woman With Sick Boy
Jorge Krimer
as Secretary, Sistine Chapel
Robert Sommer
as Mr. Carver
Tom Felleghy
as Ambassador
Margaret Horowitz
as Nun Interpreter
Angelo Panarella
as Bastiano
Margherita Horowitz
as Nun Interpreter
Julian Jenkyns
as Tourist Group Leader
Carlo Monni
as Pizzeria Owner
Claudio Masin
as Carabiniere at Montepetra
Fernando Cartocci
as Truck Driver
Eric Galati
as Radio Priest
Tessa Passante
as Vatican Switchboard Operator
Benito Pucciariello
as Montepetra Bartender
Natale Nazzareno
as Rigio Guard
Mauro Sacripante
as Reporter
Paolo Merosi
as Acolyte
Fabio Caretti
as Acolyte
Judy Natalucci
as Mrs. Carver
Joe Chevalier
as Man Robbed in Rigio
Italo Furlan
as Monitor Room Guard
Phillip Dachille
as Monitor Room Guard
Don Sciarrino
as Monitor Room Guard
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Audience Reviews for Saving Grace

"Pope Leo IV", a fictitious pope, played by Tom Conti, suffers doubts about his faith, when he realizes that he cannot honor a mother's request to save her dying child. After a young deaf child finds her way to the Vatican to ask the pope to send a new priest to her village to replace the priest, who abandoned his post, a series of comical events leads the new pope locked outside the Vatican, dressed in his gardening clothes. Unable to reenter the Vatican, because the security staff is preoccupied with watching a football game, and unrecognizable to the public, he remembers the little deaf girl, and the plight of her village. He then hitchhikes to the village, and finds that the villagers there have suffered a similar crisis of faith, and helplessness to fend for themselves. He then enlists a gang of boys to help him, and the delinquent town priest, to restore the dignity and faith of the town's people, without outside help from the Vatican. These efforts lead to a tragedy that galvanizes the town's people to work with this apparent naive vagabond to restore the town's ability to function, without outside charity. This a wonderful film about exploring one's beliefs, and putting those beliefs to practical use. Something that the current pontiff, Pope Francis (a practical display of Christian values), would undoubtedly support.

Craig Bavuso
Craig Bavuso

Usually a film that is meant to be "good clean fun for the whole family" means a dearth of intellect followed by a shocking lack of entertainment value. This charming gem is not going to be for all tastes, but it is entertaining, engrossing and for the most part a film that can be viewed by just about anyone from any background. I personally am not Catholic, even so, the story of the Pope being locked out of the Vatican and finding himself in a small village without a priest and stepping in to fill that spiritual void has a wealth of dramatic depth, a wide variety of comic moments (that strangely to current tastes may have to be explained due to a complete lack of bodily emissions or references to genitalia) and even a truly platonic romance.

James Allard
James Allard

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