Gone With the Pope (2010)




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LOS ANGELES - Grindhouse Releasing is proud to announce that Duke Mitchell's long-lost 1970s crime saga GONE WITH THE POPE will be shown on screens across the country following the film's successful world premiere in Hollywood. A renowned nightclub entertainer, singer and movie actor known as "Mr. Palm Springs," Mitchell directs and stars in GONE WITH THE POPE as an ex-con who hatches a plan to kidnap the Pope in exchange for the ransom of "a dollar from every Catholic in the world." The movie has been described as "the holy grail for lovers of B-movies" and "a true gem from the American underground." GONE WITH THE POPE was shot in 1975 but remained unfinished at the time of Duke Mitchell's death in 1981. The film reels sat in his son's garage until Grindhouse Releasing owners Sage Stallone and Bob Murawski offered to take a shot at piecing the movie together. Murawski took charge of the restoration and spent 15 years giving Mitchell's low-budget movie an A-list treatment in between editing Sam Raimi's SPIDER MAN 1, 2 & 3, DRAG ME TO HELL, and THE HURT LOCKER. Murawski and wife/partner Chris Innis won Best Film Editing Oscars for their work on THE HURT LOCKER the same week that GONE WITH THE POPE premiered at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. --© Official Site
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Critic Reviews for Gone With the Pope

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

It's gloriously, hilariously offensive, including all manner of racist and sexist jokes and one sequence of WTF? grotesquerie worthy of John Waters.

Full Review… | June 1, 2010
Village Voice
Top Critic

"Gone With the Pope" may have a cult audience appeal. I just didn't have the patience to go along with this nonsense.

Full Review… | April 9, 2015
Movie Chambers

Finds unmistakable personality in the midst of a potential mess, making what should've been a disposable curiosity into a formidable continuation of the "Massacre Mafia Style" aesthetic.

Full Review… | March 29, 2015

..in the pantheon of "bat-shit crazy WTF cinema," Gone with the Pope ranks with the best of the worst.

Full Review… | June 23, 2010
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

It functions as a weird time capsule and it does possess an independent spirit that is admirable at times while horribly misguided at others.

Full Review… | June 16, 2010
Cinema Autopsy

Audience Reviews for Gone With the Pope


Such madness! Duke Mitchell shot a movie in 1975, he didn't finish it before he dies 6 years later...and then it was rediscovered and put together for our entertainment today. This movie is strange, with a wackadoo premise, bad acting (Duke Mitchell lacks the talent but he gives his all!), and moments that just boggle the mind. Mitchell plays a gangster who decides to kidnap the Pope and ransom him for a dollar from every Catholic in the world. The movie is out there, but kind of worth a look if you enjoy a so-bad-it's-good kind of movie.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

This isn't "good" but it's fun "bad" and that sometimes counts for something. If they ever make a sequel Torgo has to play the Pope.

Jack Gattanella
Jack Gattanella

How do you mix religious themes, graphic violence, and the rudest humor since George Carlin? Apparently, you get Duke Mitchell to write, direct, produce and star in an amazing piece of cinema. Truthfully, some laypeople will give it a pass, but those seeking an independent film with style would do well to see this movie.

Brian Williams
Brian Williams

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