The Pope of Greenwich Village
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Turn up the Sinatra, put on a leather jacket, and slip into a rollicking, high-voltage movie that produces tears of laughter (New York Daily News). Mickey Rourke (The Rainmaker), EricRoberts (National Security, Runaway Train) and Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Splash) create emotion-charged characters who tingle with energy and play with conviction (The Hollywood Reporter) in this modern-day classic that's as robust and powerful as Italianespresso! In New York's Little Italy, smooth-talking hustler Charlie (Rourke) works in a restaurant and dreams of one day buying his own with his girlfriend Diane (Hannah). His wiry wheeler-dealer cousin Paulie (Roberts) waits tables, skims money off checks and is always scheming to score big. Butthey're all about to pull a scam on the wrong guyBed Bug Eddie (Burt Young, Rocky), the Mafia king of Greenwich Village! Now these small-time con men are in big-time troubletrouble so big that even their mobster uncle might not be able to save them!

Picture if you will two cousins, Charlie (Mickey Rourke) and Paulie (Eric Roberts), prowling the mean streets of New York's Little Italy. Charlie is reasonably put-together, a maitre d' at a chic caf¨¦ who aspires to running his own restaurant someday. Paulie is an incurable flake who can't resist a temptation or a goofball scheme, couldn't tell the truth to save his soul, and keeps splashing Charlie with the street slop of his slewing trajectory through life. This includes drawing him into the circles of Mob crime, most especially Paulie's boss, that supreme sleazebag "Bedbug Eddie" (Burt Young).

Michael Cimino is said to have had a hand in this movie, though the credited director is Stuart Rosenberg--an impersonal craftsman often hired in midshoot after the star and a more volatile director had parted company. This helps account for the picture's overall lack of rhythm and its wavering between overemphatic, Ethnic-with-a-capital-E idiosyncrasy, and low-key befuddlement. Still, it has its charms, most of them deriving from a terrific cast. At the time it came out, in the summer of 1984, Rourke and Roberts were both exciting, unpredictable talents; Roberts in particular had an amazing talent for being somebody brand new--psychologically, even physically--in every film he made. But even though they're hitting on all cylinders, the boys are quietly upstaged by some redoubtable old pros: the great Kenneth McMillan, the ineffable M. Emmet Walsh, and--scoring her umpteenth Oscar? nomination as the mother of an ill-fated cop--Miss Geraldine Page. --Richard T. Jameson

Customer Reviews:

  • LIFE IN THE CITY
    For everyone who ever met someone from NYC and wondered what made them tick, watch this movie and learn. Paulie and Charlie are perfect representations of working class wannabees who can't seem to get out of their own way. Chock full of plot twists and turns, POPE is perhaps one of the best acted films I have ever seen. Although every character is quite stereotypically portrayed, that's the point. Working class people, cops, mobsters, waiters, busboys, bartenders, and all other players are painting a perfect scene of the blue collar ethos that is part of NYC whether you are Irish, Jewish, German or Italian. Stereotypes run the city. They define people, and nobody will ever go broke following them. Your only real problems come when you try to go against them. Watch and learn. I can't find a flaw in anyone's performance in this film....more info
  • The Pope of Greewich Village
    One of my favorites of all time. Two cousins turn New York and reality unside down in the quest for some money. The best roles ever for Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts....more info
  • The Pope of Greenwich Village
    this is great I always loved this movie and now I have it on DVDThe Pope of Greenwich Village...more info
  • a most memerable film,fun,explosive
    Hey forgetabotit this is a classic of it's time a must see,something for everyone. The story is great....the actors superb.... rourke and roberts are unforgetable. YOU HAVE TO SEE IT! The secenes of New York alone are worth it......more info
  • I second their opinions
    A great movie, with a number of fantastic performances. If for no other reason, rent it to see Geraldine Page's fantastic performance.

    P.S. You'll be humming Sinatra for weeks after watching this gem!...more info
  • a most memerable film,fun,explosive
    Hey forgetabotit this is a classic of it's time a must see,something for everyone. The story is great....the actors superb.... rourke and roberts are unforgetable. YOU HAVE TO SEE IT! The secenes of New York alone are worth it......more info
  • MICKEY ROURKE AT HIS BEST!
    I've revisited many movies over the years and sometimes come away dissappointed that the film hasn't aged well. So, with a certain trepidation I rented one of my favorite movies from the 80's, "The Pope of Greenwich Village." But as soon as the movie started I was sucked into the world of Charlie played by Mickey Rourke in a performance that still holds up today. Rourke's got a vulnerability and toughness that isn't seen in todays actors. The movie is refreshing in the way it portrays the desperation of life and how we grasp onto anything that resembles hope. Its about gambling on love, friendship, ambition and how we mostly fall short of our dreams but if we have a sense of humor and a friend to stand by us-even a crazy one superbly played by Eric Roberts-life can be bearable. In the eighties Mickey Rourke was on a roll, Diner, Body Heat, Angel Heart, Barfly and The Pope of Greenwich Village. There maybe better movies that he's done but not one with more heart....more info
  • Saw this movie 10 years ago - couldn't forget it
    This movie was so well made and entertaining that I had to go out and read the book - which was also great. Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts are great - but it is the dialog and the humor and the basic terrific story that make this wonderful. A delightful and terrific movie!...more info
  • Don't Buy!! Two Copies Purchased - Both have video freeze at same location
    I purchased two copies of this movie on separate occasions. The first one I purchased experienced video freeze at the scene where Eric Roberts is about to get his thumb whacked. I thought it was just an anomaly and because I like this movie so much I ordered another copy. The second copy has the same problem and freezes at the exact same location in the movie. I've tried them both on a number of different DVD players with the same result. I suspect the company who burned the DVDs has an issue with their equipment or software.
    I love this movie and will just have to wait until it comes on a premium movie channel and 'Tivo" it....more info
  • The Forgotten Classic
    This movie is a classic and well worth owning. I try to watch this movie at least once a year because I love it so much. If for nothing else, watch this movie to see Mickey Rourke as a young actor who had all the looks any guy could hope for. The acting of Rourke and Eric Roberts is great and they do a great job connecting in this movie. I thought that Daryl Hannah was the worst in this movie, but she doesn't really matter too much. This is a story about the two main characters, their loyalty to each other and trying to get ahead in a world you are stuck in. A lot of humor and drama highlight this film. It all looks great and the supporting cast (save Hannah) is terrific. This is a movie you can watch time and time again, as I think it gets even more interesting as the years go by. 5 stars for this, one of my all time favorites and a true classic....more info
  • Pope of Greenwich Village
    The best Rourke movie I've ever seen,thanks to the great director. Outstanding supporting cast. Nostalgic look at New York, great sense of humour, excellent work by Roberts. I strongly recommend it....more info
  • Mickey Rourke has The Juice in The Pope of Greenwich Village.
    The French consider Mickey Rourke America's greatest actor. In the 80s, they loved him for his "cool, his on-screen cruelty, his seediness, his sexual depravity" (New York Times Magazine, 11/30/08), and for his "rumpled, slightly dirty, sordid. . . rebel persona (Mickey Rourke Biography - Yahoo! Movies). Actor Johnny Depp calls The Pope of Greewich Village "perfect cinema." He's right.

    After recently experiencing Rourke's newest film, The Wrestler at the Denver Film Festival, I revisited The Pope of Greewich Village. It is as good as I remembered it. It goes without saying that Rourke's name has become synonymous with his roles as Robert 'Boogie' Sheftell in Diner, Charlie Moran in The Pope of Greenwich Village, John Gray in 9 1/2 Weeks, James Wheeler in Wild Orchid, and Marv in Sin City.

    Set in Little Italy, New York City, The Pope of Greenwich Village tells the story of two cousins, Charlie (Rourke), a ma?tre d' who aspires to own his own restaurant, and Paulie (Eric Roberts), a waiter in the same restaurant. After Paulie gets caught stealing from the restaurant, both he and Charlie get fired. Paulie wants to buy into a "sure thing" racehorse by stealing $150,000 from a safe from a neighborhood business. Charlie reluctantly agrees to assist his cousin in the heist, and things go downhill from there when the discover the stolen money belongs to "Bedbug Eddie" (Burt Young), a local Mafia boss who is, as they say, not quite right in the head. Daryl Hannah plays Charlie's pregnant love interest, Diane, in the film. Many have said that Rourke and Roberts were at their best in this film. Upon its release, many considered Rourke to be the next DeNiro or Brando. How good is he in this film? Well, in his performance to save the world (his cousin, his girlfriend, and an old Irish friend) from self-destruction, he is more than the Pope, he's nearly Jesus Christ-like. It is interesting to note that there is an on-going dispute over who directed the film, Stuart Rosenberg or Michael Cimino. While Peter Biskind, Eric Roberts, and Mickey Rourke claim that it was Cimino, the film is officially credited to Rosenberg as director. Highly recommended.

    G. Merritt
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  • Watched over 20 times
    I've watched this over 20 times. Obviously, its one of my all time favorite movies. Warning: Not a chick flick. My wife hates the ending....more info
  • Great ,Great Movie
    This movie is about two best friends. They both have big hearts and little brains.They try to get lucky.Which gets one of them in a world of trouble.See what happens in this classic movie about two dreamers tryin to make it in New York City in 1984....more info
  • MICKEY ROURKE AT HIS BEST!
    I've revisited many movies over the years and sometimes come away dissappointed that the film hasn't aged well. So, with a certain trepidation I rented one of my favorite movies from the 80's, "The Pope of Greenwich Village." But as soon as the movie started I was sucked into the world of Charlie played by Mickey Rourke in a performance that still holds up today. Rourke's got a vulnerability and toughness that isn't seen in todays actors. The movie is refreshing in the way it portrays the desperation of life and how we grasp onto anything that resembles hope. Its about gambling on love, friendship, ambition and how we mostly fall short of our dreams but if we have a sense of humor and a friend to stand by us-even a crazy one superbly played by Eric Roberts-life can be bearable. In the eighties Mickey Rourke was on a roll, Diner, Body Heat, Angel Heart, Barfly and The Pope of Greenwich Village. There maybe better movies that he's done but not one with more heart....more info