This may be the first comedy ever about a Pope running away from office - for a short, private spree in the country among the real people whose shepherd he is supposed to be, sans the bureaucratic interference of the Vatican hierarchy.

This may be the first comedy ever about a Pope running away from office – for a short, private spree in the country among the real people whose shepherd he is supposed to be, sans the bureaucratic interference of the Vatican hierarchy.

Tom Conti may be a little young and literally too light on his feet to play a Pope, but he is too good an actor not to make the best of it, eliciting lots of personal sympathy even when not quite convincing as a High Pontiff.

Fernando Rey, Erland Josephson and Donald Hewlett are an amusing trio of Cardinals covering for their boss in his absence. Giancarlo Giannini is effective as a mysterious goat-herd of few words, and Angelo Evans displays plenty of vitality as a tough-acting kid with a good heart.

Saving Grace

Production

Embassy. Director Robert M. Young; Producer Herbert F. Solow; Screenplay David S. Ward; Camera Reynaldo Villalobos; Art Director Giovanni Natalucci

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 112 MIN.

With

Tom Conti Fernando Rey Erland Josephson Giancarlo Giannini Donald Hewlett Angelo Evans
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