Saving Grace

Saving Grace

Director: Robert M. Young

Cast: Robert M. Young, Tom Conti, Fernando Rey, Erland Josephson

     
 
This is an Italian comedy about a runaway, incognito Pope who makes his way to a village for a temporary stay and tries to bring a few good works to fruition while there. After Pope Leo XIV gets locked out of the Vatican garden one day, he opts for taking off on a small escape from official and bureaucratic burdens. Since he is not in his robes, who's to know? He

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This is an Italian comedy about a runaway, incognito Pope who makes his way to a village for a temporary stay and tries to bring a few good works to fruition while there. After Pope Leo XIV gets locked out of the Vatican garden one day, he opts for taking off on a small escape from official and bureaucratic burdens. Since he is not in his robes, who's to know? He heads for a remote village in the south of Italy that has no priest. He finds shelter with a former hooker and her mute daughter and then sets to work overcoming the local thugs and repairing a broken aqueduct. Meanwhile, back at the Vatican, the Cardinals are wringing their hands, trying to hide the fact that His Holiness has taken a powder.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
"Small" is the best possible one-word description of this under-the-radar comedy-drama that drifts along on a gentle breeze of good-natured humor and benefits greatly from a tight script and an understated performance by Tom Conti. A Pope suffering from the isolation of a king or corporate CEO pining to get back in touch with "the people" is a captivating concept and screenwriters David S. Ward and Richard Kramer, adapting a book by Celia Gittelson, make the most of it in the first and third acts. It's in the middle portions, where the pontiff is masquerading as a humble small-town priest, that the story could have, and in many hands would have, fallen apart, but it doesn't, instead finding a centerpiece in a public works project that focuses the characters' energies and ambitions. Not in any sense a success at the box office, Saving Grace (1986) is a first class charmer that deserves a second life on cable TV and video.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2012
UPC:
0883904262022
Original Release:
1986
Source:
Mgm Mod
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:52:00
Sales rank:
10,435

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Conti Pope Leo XIV
Fernando Rey Cardinal Stefano Biondi
Erland Josephson Monsignor Francesco Ghezzi
Giancarlo Giannini Abalardi
Donald Hewlett Monsignor Colin McGee
Angelo Evans Giuliano
Edward James Olmos Ciolino
Patricia Mauceri Lucia
Guido Alberti Cardinal Augusto Morante
Peter Boom Tourist
Fabio Caretti Acolytes
Fernando Cartocci Truck Driver
Joe Chevalier Man Robbed in Rigio
Francesco Cinieri Actor
Phillip Dachille Actor
Tom Felleghy Ambassador
Italo Furlan Actor
Eric Galati Radio Priest
Margherita Horowitz Nun Interpreter
Julian Jenkyns Tourist Group Leader
Jorge Krimer Secretary, Sistine Chapel
Ettore Martini Bishop
Claudio Masin Carabiniere at Montepetra
Paolo Merosi Actor
Domenico Modena Tonino
Carlo Monni Pizzeria Owner
Judy Natalucci Mrs. Carver
Natale Nazzareno Rigio Guard
Agnes Nobercourt Woman With Sick Boy
Angelo Panarella Bastiano
Tessa Passante Vatican Switchboard Operator
Benito Pucciariello Montepetra Bartender
Francesca Roberti Actor
Massimo Sarchielli Fortunato
Don Sciarrino Monitor Room Guard
Massimo Serato Monsignor Betti
Robert Sommer Mr. Carver
Marta Zoffoli Isabella
Mauro Sacripante Reporter

Technical Credits
Robert M. Young Director,Screenwriter
Newt Arnold Associate Producer
Eros Bacciucchi Special Effects
Giancarlo del Brocco Makeup
Joe Chevalier Set Decoration/Design
Tom Conti Screenwriter
William Goldstein Score Composer
Vittoria Guaita Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Kelly Editor
Richard Kramer Screenwriter
Giovanni Natalucci Production Designer
Adriano Pischiutta Special Effects
Reynaldo Villalobos Cinematographer
David S. Ward Screenwriter
Peter Zinner Editor

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