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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The Pope Must Die [VHS] [1991]

Excellent movie - recommend to others - Can't beat the classics movies. Excellent entertainment for the whole family - HIGHLY RECOMMENED and will be more Classic movies from the 80s for the family - I like the part where the bishops mobile telephone rings - It's in a shape of a cross and flashes. Really funny

DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THIS IS COMING ON DVD - AS VHS RECORDERS ARE RARE TO GET HOLD OF AND IT WOULD BE FANTASTIC IF THIS MOVIE WAS RELEASED ON DVD - I KNOW I WOULD BUY IT AND SURE THAT OTHERS WOULD TOO
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on 11 February 2014
A less-than-qualified and far-from-perfect priest is mistakenly named the new pope.

As the pontiff, he must deal with Vatican corruption, the Mob and the reappearance of his old lover....

This is one of those movies that I remember being released back in 1991, and it was something that I really wanted to see. This was a time when movies had huge adverts in newspapers, and British movies like this were few and far between. Up until this point, the only other British I remember to have a wide release was Buddys Song.

So it was something that appealed to me. But I was only thirteen at the time, so it was against the law for me to see it. The the years passed, and I came across it the other night on the Sony Channel.

Was it worth the wait? in some instances, yes. It's exactly what I expected, British actors looking worryingly younger, with bad fashion, and lots of innuendo.

Coltrane is great as the titular holy man, and the plot is equally nineties. Richardson does write a good story, and the story is good, it's just a shame, that we have a silly sub plot involving Balthazar Gettys irritating (dubbed by the way) rock star.

I know it's intricate to the plot, but it didn't have to be so bawdy and feel so out of place.

Other than that, it's very funny in places, with great support from Lom, Sessions, and Edmondson, and if you are a fan of the series 'the Comic Strip' you will get much enjoyment from this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2014
This hilarious movie was completely misunderstood by the critics and the vast majority of the viewing public. It is an allegory. The script is a brilliant expose' of the corruption of the Vatican Bank and the control that that most evil of modern societies, the mafioso ( with a small m ) had infiltrated the Roman Catholic Church, leading to the assassination of Pope John Paul the first and the hanging of a monk from Blackfriars bridge in London. Neither of which deaths have ever been solved by the authorities.
Robbie Coltrane deserved an Oscar for is performance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2011
Could not find a copy of this anywhere, why didn't they put it on DVD?
This copy costed too much for a VHS tape, but had no choice.
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on 3 August 2015
Well I was sooo excited when I found "The Pope Must Die" film, after endless searching for it. Even the price £18.99 did not put me off I wanted to see it again so bad. I had just read the book by Dan Brown "Angels & Demons" that's what reminded me of the film TPMD. However, in my excitement @ finding the film I must have overlooked it was on VHS not DVD!!!!! I did choose the DVD & Blu ray option too!!! Hence £18.99 plus posting & now to return it has cost me approx. £25!!!! So, Amazon, I accept that the advert did say it was VHS BUT one must put it in bold & capitals then, customers cannot mistake the item as I did.
I trust you will refund me the £18.99 as on VHS it is about as much use to me as a chocolate fireguard! I know I am returning the product after the said 14 days BUT I have been ill.
So, the film is fabulous but I still haven't seen it due to VHS so please refund me OR send me a copy on DVD
Thanks
Jane Richardson
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on 21 June 2011
Pope Must Die [VHS] [1991]
Lying beneath the typical 'comic strip presents' style humour is the possibility that all is not love, light and peace in vatican city and the catholic church. For me, there wasn't enough of this scandal/conspiracy element, so I was left with a feeling that the film did not reach it's potential.
That said, there were some great performances, not least of which was from Robbie Coltrane. And anyone who is a fan of 'comic strip' will get something from this movie, even if Peter Richardson's best work comes from the lower budget and made-for-television markets.
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on 31 October 2014
A totally great British classic. I have an old VHS version and still love this movie. What I don't get is why hasn't it ever come out on DVD? If its some daft sense of political correctness then get over it. There have been far worse films that have offended many more that have been best sellers on DVD. This is just a comedy masterpiece with a great mix of some very well known actors. Come on...
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on 23 July 2013
Many classic films have been issued as DVDs, but not this one.
It is hilarious whilst still having an underlying critique of the modern world.
It also has a happy ending (or are there two), unlike many modern stories which leave you wondering what happens next.It should be compulsory viewing for all candidates for the ministry!
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on 24 June 2015
vey funny, I bought it as a gift for my dad. His favourite movie
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