The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)



Critic Consensus: Undisciplined direction and a clichéd story prevent The Pope of Greenwich Village from achieving greatness, but it's an entertaining showcase for its stars.

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Dos primos de la Pequeña Italia en Nueva York que roban dinero para apostarle a los caballos, se inician en la mafia al tratar de escapar del barrio. Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah, Geraldine Page, Kenneth McMillan, Tony Musante.


Geraldine Page
as Mrs. Ritter
Burt Young
as Bed Bug Eddie
Philip Bosco
as Paulie's Father
Val Avery
as Nunzi
Joe Grifasi
as Jimmy the Cheese
Leonard Termo
as Fat Waldo
John Bentley
as Summons Man
Ed Setrakian
as Inspector
John Finn
as Ginty
Kevin Breslin
as Tommy Botondo
Ed O'Ross
as Bartender at Sal's
Peter Conti
as Waiter at Sal's
Tony Lip
as Frankie
Clem Caserta
as Eating Man at Sal's
Frank Vincent
as 1st Crew Chief
Claude Vincent
as Bartender at Limehouse
Anna Levine
as Waitress at Country Inn
Randall Edwards
as Hat Check Girl
Bo Smith
as Terry, the Groom
Ed DeLeo
as Anthony
Paul Herman
as Stickball Player
Joan Shangold
as Policewoman
Henry Yuk
as Assistant Cook
Felix Pitre
as Restaurant Helper
Paul Austin
as Toll Booth Attendant
William Duell
as Toll Booth Attendant
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Critic Reviews for The Pope of Greenwich Village

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (15)

The film's central concern... is all too familiar, and director Stuart Rosenberg can't figure out a way to freshen it up.

October 30, 2021 | Full Review…

"Pope" is one of the best buddy films made in recent years.

October 30, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

This is primarily a genre film for those fascinated with Sicilian blood. But something about it gives it tentacles.

October 30, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This is an actor's movie. In fact, Mickey Rourke is outstanding, and Eric Roberts, who is incapable of winning audience sympathy, turns in a super realistic performance.

October 30, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The wonder of this explosively funny, tautly dangerous movie is that it's without a single false note.

October 30, 2021 | Full Review…

A prime example of an excellent movie that could have been great. The hot acting and snappy script set a savage pace that leaves director Stuart Rosenberg in the dust.

October 30, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Pope of Greenwich Village


Rourke is okay but Eric Roberts character is so annoying that you can't wait for the film to end. Geraldine Page was a great actress but an Oscar nomination for this?

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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 Dunmyer
William Dunmyer

Super Reviewer

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 Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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