The Pope of Greenwich Village, set in Manhattan’s Italian community, is a near-miss in its transition from novel [by Vincent Patrick] to film, setting forth an offbeat slice-of-life tale of small-time guys involved in big trouble.
Key protagonists are two young buddies (distantly related), Charlie (Mickey Rourke), a supervisor in a restaurant where Paulie (Eric Roberts) works as a waiter. Both are heavily in debt and headed nowhere, with the usual pipe dreams of escape.
Fired from their jobs at film’s outset due to a misdeed by Paulie, the two of them seek a way out via a crime caper initiated by Paulie, involving an older man Barney (Kenneth McMillan) as safecracker.
1984: Nominations: Best Supp. Actress (Geraldine Page)