The Pope of Greenwich Village 1984

The Pope of Greenwich Village

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Cousins Paulie (Eric Roberts) and Charlie (Mickey Rourke) plan to rob a merchant in the New York City neighborhood that's home to the restaurant where they work. When their scheme results in the death of a police officer and draws the ire of the Mafia-linked businessman who was ripped off, Charlie's girlfriend (Daryl Hannah) bolts, and mob henchmen exact a brutal price from Paulie. With the mob threatening to kill them, the thieves must think fast if they intend to survive.

Cast & Crew

Burt Young
Bed Bug Eddie
Vincent Patrick
Screenwriter
Hawk Koch
Producer
Dave Grusin
Original Music
John Bailey
Cinematographer
Robert Brown
Film Editor
Paul Sylbert
Production Design
George DeTitta Sr.
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Critic Reviews for The Pope of Greenwich Village

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Audience Reviews for The Pope of Greenwich Village

  • Mar 05, 2012
    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 D Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2011
    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 H Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2011
    Great movie with a young Mickey Rourke & a very young Eric Roberts with a fro.I haven't seen to many of Rourke's early movies but this must've been when he was still a good actor because most of the movies I've ever seen him in have been garbage.Something about the ending of this movie felt a little bit off for me.
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  • Jan 06, 2010
    Substandard; Roberts overacts; Rourke overbroods; predictably plotted; haphazardly directed. Other than Page, no one bothered to realistically convey emotion.
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