Monsignor (1982) - Rotten Tomatoes

Monsignor (1982)



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An ambitious priest discovers that honoring the Ten Commandments isn't as easy as he imagined in this drama. Father John Flaherty (Christopher Reeve) is a Catholic priest who was ordained during World War II, and soon found himself forced to fight enemy forces while serving as a chaplain in the Army. As his life and career in the church moves on, Flaherty finds himself frequently torn between his duty and devotion to the church and his ambitions, appetites, and the notion that the ends can justify the means. Flaherty eventually rises through the church hirarchy to win an appointment at the Vatican, where he helps to manage the church's finances. When the Vatican's books reveals a major cash flow crisis, Flaherty suggests a rather unusual plan to Cardinal Santoni (Fernando Rey) -- buy hard-to-find American goods at a discount, and then sell them at a profit to mafia kingpins, who will then sell them on the black market at premium prices. As Flaherty and Santoni debate the ethics of this scheme, Flaherty meets and finds himself becoming attracted to Clara (Genevieve Bujold), a postulant nun. Posing as an American businessman, Flaherty romances and seduces Clara, until she discovers his secret. Monsignor also stars Jason Miller, Robert Prosky, and Joe Patoliano.


Fernando Rey
as Santoni
Jason Miller
as Appolini
Tomás Milian
as Francisco
Robert Prosky
as Bishop Walkman
Milena Vukotic
as Sister Verna
Jan Danby
as Lieutenant
Joe Spinell
as Bride's Father
Ritza Brown
as Maid of Honor
Carolyn Russoff
as Secretary
Yanti Somer
as Secretary
Greg Snegoff
as Soldier
Tracy Bonbrest
as Postulant
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Critic Reviews for Monsignor

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (5)

[A] mean-spirited film that might be considered sacrilegious were it not so ludicrous.

November 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Lots of potential for a rare, absorbing, behind-the-scenes look at the Vatican is totally blown.

October 30, 2007 | Full Review…

Mortal sins, true confessions, purple stuff.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

I do not object to the filmmaker's desire to make a film of overwhelming cynicism about the Vatican power structure. I simply object to the film they have made.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Monsignor manages to make itself the most extravagant piece of Hollywood junk since Mommie Dearest, for which the producer Frank Yablans and the director Frank Perry were also responsible.

August 30, 2004 | Rating: 1/5

The private melodrama overpowers objective reality. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 27, 2019 | Full Review…

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