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|Directed by||Frank Perry|
|Produced by||David Niven Jr.
|Written by||Jack-Alain Léger (novel)
Abraham Polonsky and Wendell Mayes (screenplay)
|Music by||John Williams|
|Editing by||Peter E. Berger|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Release dates||October 22, 1982 (US)|
|Running time||121 minutes|
|Box office||$6.5 million (US/ Canada)|
Monsignor is a 1982 drama film directed by Frank Perry about a Roman Catholic priest's rise through the ranks of the Vatican, during and after World War II. Along the way, he involves the Vatican in the black marketeering operations of a Mafia don, and has an affair with a woman in the postulant stage of becoming a nun. He eventually repents and returns to his faith, attempting to make right the things he has done wrong.
The film was not well received by critics and performed poorly at the box office; Reeve later blamed this on poor editing. Supporting actors Miller and Rey were singled out for their strong performances. The film was nominated for a Razzie Awards for Worst Musical Score.
Father John Flaherty does indeed have a good head for figures, but also believes in any means to an end. To raise money for the church, he is willing to enter into a black market operation with the Mafia, selling cartons of cigarettes by the tens of thousands for a percentage of the take.
The priest's morals are strained further when he develops a romantic interest in Clara, a young nun who is having a crisis of faith. They begin an affair, but Flaherty does not confess to her his true identity. One day during a papal audience, Clara catches sight of Flaherty in his clerical robes. Her love and trust are shattered.
Flaherty's methods may be overlooked, but his success at raising funds is appreciated by some of his superiors as he rises to become a monsignor, then a cardinal. When an ill-advised stock investment costs the Vatican millions, however, Flaherty must pay the price for his deeds.
- Christopher Reeve as Father Flaherty
- Geneviève Bujold as Clara
- Leonardo Cimino as the Pope
- Fernando Rey as Cardinal Santoni
- Adolfo Celi as Cardinal Vinci
- Jason Miller as Don Appolini
- Robert Prosky as Bishop Walkman
- Joe Pantoliano as Musso
- Joseph Cortese as Ludovico 'Lodo' Varese
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