Gone with the Pope
|Gone with the Pope|
|Directed by||Duke Mitchell|
|Produced by||Duke Mitchell
Bob Murawski (executive)
Sage Stallone (executive)
Chris Innis (associate)
|Written by||Duke Mitchell|
|Music by||Duke Mitchell
|Edited by||Bob Murawski (re-release)
Paul Hart (re-release)
Jody Fedele (re-release)
|Distributed by||Grindhouse Releasing (USA)|
Gone with the Pope (also known as Kiss the Ring) is a 1976 independent film written, directed and produced by Italian-American crooner-actor Duke Mitchell that was first released in 2010 by Grindhouse Releasing.
Gone with the Pope was shot on location in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California, as well as in Las Vegas, Nevada and Rome, Italy. The re-recording was done by Marti D. Humphrey, C.A.S., at The Dub Stage in Burbank, California. Digital restoration was completed at Fotokem Film and Video. Duke Mitchell stars as the ring leader "Paul," with Peter Milo as "Peter" and also starring Jim LoBianco and Giorgio Tavolieri. The cinematography is by Peter Santoro, with original editing by Oscar-nominated Bob Leighton (Rob Reiner's film editor) and Emmy-nominated editor Robert Florio. The re-release version was edited by Bob Murawski, Paul Hart and Jody Fedele, and features the music of Frankie Carr & the Novelites. Mitchell was known for his starring role in the film Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla and for directing the cult film, The Executioner. Gone with the Pope was originally shot in 1976, but remained unfinished until 2009. The film negative and unfinished cut work print were discovered in Mitchell's parking garage several years after his death. It has been edited and restored by cult film distributor Grindhouse Releasing. Mitchell was said to have been inspired by Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather.
The American Cinematheque in Hollywood premiered the film on March 12, 2010 at the Egyptian Theatre. The film is screened at domestic and international film festivals in the United States and Australia. The film was subsequently released on home video on March 24, 2015, as a Blu-ray/DVD combo.
- Oscar-Nominated Editor Helps Release Long-Lost Exploitation Gem Gone with the Pope
- The Cold Case: Revisiting Gone With the Pope, the Exploitation Jewel with an Unlikely Oscar Twist
- Grindhouse Official web site
- "Weekend Weirdness: Gone with the Pope", by Hunter Stephenson, November 15,2009
- "Gone with the Pope" Duke Mitchell Bio
- Grindhouse Theatrical Info
- "Duke Mitchell’s GONE WITH THE POPE: It’s A Hit!". Retrieved April 18, 2015.
- Longworth, Karina (June 1, 2010). "History According to Gone With the Pope". The Village Voice. A fairly rare review of the film from a mainstream newspaper.