The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)


“My Walter was as tough as a bar of iron, and he didn’t get that from his father. Now, do you wanna fight, Officer? Or do you get the hell out of my house!” – Mrs. Ritter

Number of Times Seen – 1 (29 Apr 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A down on his luck restaurant maitre d’ gets involved in a robbery that leads to unforeseen consequences.

My Take on it – This is yet another film that I’ve known about for decades yet never really had much of a desire to see what it was all about.

Since it is one of the films on my list in order to watch all films that have had Oscar nominated performances, I figured that it was about time to see what it was all about.

The premise that they present here is actually an interesting one yet it fails to flow well and that hurts it a lot.

The teaming of Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts seems like a good one on paper, but something feels off between the two of them throughout this film and they seem awkward when shown together instead of being able to thrive as an on screen team.

The story is one that should feel even more powerful than it does and the fact that it has much more potential hurts things.

Geraldine Page was somehow nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her tiny role that is two scenes long and doesn’t stand out as much as one would expect from someone who gets nominated.

The story of the film feels a bit stretched out and they could have easily shortened things a bit to make things move at a better pace and perhaps that would have helped make this film be even more effective instead of being just fine.

Bottom Line – Interesting premise that just doesn’t flow well enough. Rourke and Roberts seem awkward together throughout the film.  The story should feel even more powerful than it does and that hurts things because it has so much more potential that it actuates. Somehow, Page was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for a very short role that is fine but not breathtaking even in just two short scenes. The plot feels stretched out a bit too much and this story could have been easily told in a shorter run time and possibly been even more effective.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – While being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Geraldine Page was on-screen in only two scenes with a running time total of only about eight minutes. When Page was Oscar nominated, Page became the first woman to receive seven nominations without a win, a feat also achieved by actors Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole. Page would finally win an Oscar on her eighth nomination the next year for The Trip to Bountiful (1985). (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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One thought on “The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)

  1. Pingback: Temporal Top Ten – 1984 | MovieRob

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