The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)




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Dos primos de la Pequeña Italia en Nueva York que roban dinero para apostarle a los caballos, se inician en la mafia al tratar de escapar del barrio. Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah, Geraldine Page, Kenneth McMillan, Tony Musante.
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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MGM Home Entertainment


Eric Roberts
as Paulie
Mickey Rourke
as Charlie
Geraldine Page
as Mrs. Ritter
Burt Young
as Bed Bug Eddie
Jack Kehoe
as Bunky
Philip Bosco
as Paulie's Father
Val Avery
as Nunzi
Joe Grifasi
as Jimmy the Cheese
Leonard Termo
as Fat Waldo
John Bentley
as Summons Man
Ed Setrakian
as Inspector
Rik Colitti
as Barber
John Finn
as Ginty
Kevin Breslin
as Tommy Botondo
Gerard Murphy
as Garber
Ed O'Ross
as Bartender at Sal's
Peter Conti
as Waiter at Sal's
Tony Lip
as Frankie
Clem Caserta
as Eating Man at Sal's
Frank Vincent
as 1st Crew Chief
Claude Vincent
as Bartender at Limehouse
Anna Levine
as Waitress at Country Inn
Randall Edwards
as Hat Check Girl
Bo Smith
as Terry, the Groom
Ed DeLeo
as Anthony
Jose Santana
as Busboy
Tina Vaughn
as Dancer
Paul Herman
as Stickball Player
Joan Shangold
as Policewoman
Henry Yuk
as Assistant Cook
Felix Pitre
as Restaurant Helper
James Bulleit
as Cashier
Paul Austin
as Toll Booth Attendant
William Duell
as Toll Booth Attendant
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Critic Reviews for The Pope of Greenwich Village

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

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
The Dissolve

Never amounts to much.

Full Review… | July 20, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Mickey Rourke at the height of his powers.

December 2, 2007

A colorful, funny and very authentic slice of New York City street life. One of the most underrated, overlooked films of the 1980s.

October 6, 2005
Fantastica Daily

A fantastic flick from stem to stern; Penn & Roberts are just flawless together.

April 2, 2005

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.

March 9, 2004
F5 (Wichita, KS)

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
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."

William Dunmyer
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
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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