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.

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)

The Pope of Greenwich Village

Production

United Artists. Director Stuart Rosenberg; Producer Gene Kirkwood; Screenplay Vincent Patrick; Camera John Bailey; Editor Robert Brown; Music Dave Grusin; Art Director Paul Sylbert

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 120 MIN.

With

Eric Roberts Mickey Rourke Daryl Hannah Geraldine Page Kenneth McMillan Tony Musante
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