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The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)

Two cousins unknowingly rob the mob and face the dangerous consequences.

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Diane
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Barney
Tony Musante ...
Pete
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Burns
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Bed Bug Eddie
Jack Kehoe ...
Bunky
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Paulie's Father
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Nunzi
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Jimmy the Cheese Man
Tony DiBenedetto ...
Ronnie
Ronald Maccone ...
Nicky
Betty Miller ...
Nora
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Storyline

Charlie and his troublesome cousin Paulie decide to steal $150000 in order to back a "sure thing" race horse that Paulie has inside information on. The aftermath of the robbery gets them into serious trouble with the local Mafia boss and the corrupt New York City police department. Written by Grant Hamilton <n9431210@scholar.nepean.uws.edu.au>

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Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Release Date:

22 June 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Pate von Greenwich Village  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,544,624 (USA) (24 June 1984)

Gross:

$6,139,896 (USA) (15 July 1984)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The amount of money that the race-horse was selling for was US $15,000. See more »

Goofs

Charlie's hairstyle changes between shots while he and Diane argue (leading to the revelation that she is pregnant). See more »

Quotes

Ginty: [Paulie runs into the bar as the summons man heads back towards the mens room] Hey I know you! You're the guy...
Paulie: Yeah, I'm the guy who got his car fuckin' towed... and you're Kinty.
Ginty: Ginty.
Paulie: What'd I say
[starts emptying a powder pack into a glass]
Ginty: Good God, Lad! you're not poisoning the man!
Paulie: Nah. It's horse physic - here, pour the ginger ale, man. It's what they give horses when they can't shit.
Ginty: How much do they give a horse that can't shit?
Paulie: One. One of these will bust a block of concrete
Ginty: Does it ...
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Connections

Referenced in American Dad!: Big Trouble in Little Langley (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Luna Luna Luna Lu
Performed by Lou Monte
Courtesy of Reprise Records by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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What's not to love about this film?
21 June 2001 | by (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews



This was a great film to watch. Finding it in the action-section of the videostore, and seeing the cover, I was kinda afraid it would be just another fast-firing action movie. It sure wasn't. Indeed, this film is a story of character, and it is done so well!!!

The story is well written, with great understanding of the characters, and I feel that the same goes for the actors. They seem to understand their characters, and really carry them out. With that I'd have to give just a little more praise to Eric Roberts, than to Mickey Rourke. Both have before and since then proven that they are capable enough, despite their disappointing careers, and, truth be told, some less performances. But the character of Charlie is really a likable guy. He is the voice of reason of the film, the one we would all like to think we recognize in ourselves. While Paulie, on the other hand, is a different story. Portrayed any differently, he could very well be an ass. I mean, if you knew anybody that set you up, cost you your job, didn't ever listen to you, rat you out, lied to you... Would you like that person? Probably not. But Charlie likes Paulie, and the only thing that makes that believable, is the fact that WE like Paulie. Roberts somehow accomplishes to create this totally unreliable character that you just can't help but adore, and sometimes feel sorry for. He's a moron, but he's sweet and he means well, kinda. He looks up to Charlie, who really hasn't accomplished much more in his life, he just carries it better.

And poor Paulie is so annoying that he is endearing. I almost felt his pain when he was being 'interrogated'. Hilarious hairdo, by the way. For Rourke, this was not any new territory, he played this type of character more often. That doesn't mean he didn't do it fabulously, though, he did. Nothing new, but still good. Indeed one of the best performances of his career. That shows you that award shows mean nothing.

Page is also very good, and rightly recognized for it, and Daryl Hannah can't act, but you can't really blame her for trying anyway, since she seems to be getting away with it. And the poor girl really tries.


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