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Monsignor

Christopher Reeve , Geneviève Bujold , Frank Perry    R (Restricted)   DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Laughable, Ridiculous, and Horribly long. June 14 1999
By A Customer
This is a horrible horrible movie. I saw it at the theatre, and I spent the entire long horrible process laughing at it. In fact, the entire theatre (except for the woman sitting next to me) was laughing and hurling out comments (It was like being on Mystery Science Theatre!).
This movie was supposed to be controversial, but it was laughable, horribly written and horribly acted. When Reeve deadpanned "I only have an hour" as he an his nun girlfriend prepared to get cosy (Right across from the Vatican), the entire theatre (save one) burst into laughter, and a man at the back of the theatre yelled out "He's faster than a speeding bullet."
I enjoyed the experience of seeing this in a theatre because we all had such fun laughing at this movie (Similarly to Starship Troopers), but I would NEVER want to own this movie. What a waste of money.
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The plot of this movie is excellent and meaningful. It takes us behind the golden façades of the Vatican's walls and makes us take a plunge into its controversial policies and hipocritical acts. The only thing that ruins the plot is a love story of the main character à la "Torn Birds", which is meant as a "reminder" to us, that even priests have a heart (well, we know already). For the rest, the movie is flawless, and follows a very sinister path that at times crosses into true facts, which unfortunately, did happen. Christopher Reeve plays convincingly. Absolutely not recommended for those who "believe" in the Church. For all the others, it is a worthy insight into the machineries of power and corruption, even among the Holy Walls. To you, the final judgment...
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Christopher Reeve's best work, with an exception of Superman 1-2 and Somewhere in time...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid at all costs June 14 1999
By A Customer
Horrible. Do not waste your time or money
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  33 reviews
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Film March 14 2005
By R. Shaw - Published on Amazon.com
It's amazing to me to read such widely opposing comments about this film. Mostly ignored, this film has perhaps a storyline that's rather difficult to believe, but many problems in Christiandom read more like fiction than fact in real life. Some Catholics may be offended by the film.

The movie starts out as a young Christopher Reeves, then a chaplin, has to make a choice as the Nazi troups close in, whether to open fire or not, as one of his soldiers dies of a bullet wound. Reeves ends up in the Vatican and through an unusual set of circumstances, relieves the church of its financial woes during WWII by selling Vatican supplies through the black market. He is befriended by a Cardinal, (Fernando Rey) whose performance in this film was perhaps the best of all the cast. Reeves ends up having an affair with the lovely Genevieve Bujold, their first encounter romantic, yet painful. The story continues with Reeves becoming involved in high finance as a bank manager for the Vatican, taking the blame for a multi-million dollar scandal brought on by a rogue mafia operative.

The film has been criticized for its fanciful plot, but at least we're not dealing with a child molestation, but a priest making very difficult choices while other priests are quick to condemn. It is a story of sin and redeption. Beautiful score by John Williams.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Despite bad reviews, a great movie! Jan. 4 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I generally only like movies which movie critics think are exceptional movies, but this movie is an exception. The critics and many people really trashed this movie, many because it is so anti-catholic. Don't be put off by the bad reviews. I think Chris Reeves has a great performance in this movie.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another misunderstood movie, worth to be re-evaluated Nov. 4 1999
By Patrick Selitrenny - Published on Amazon.com
The plot of this movie is excellent and meaningful. It takes us behind the golden façades of the Vatican's walls and makes us take a plunge into its controversial policies and hipocritical acts. The only thing that ruins the plot is a love story of the main character à la "Torn Birds", which is meant as a "reminder" to us, that even priests have a heart (well, we know already). For the rest, the movie is flawless, and follows a very sinister path that at times crosses into true facts, which unfortunately, did happen. Christopher Reeve plays convincingly. Absolutely not recommended for those who "believe" in the Church. For all the others, it is a worthy insight into the machineries of power and corruption, even among the Holy Walls. To you, the final judgment...
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chris Reeve - Monsignor March 27 2006
By D. S. HARDEN - Published on Amazon.com
I too, found the story to be very far-fetched, 'til I read an article in the Los Angeles Times concerning the American Cardinal that was in charge of the Vatican Bank concerning some 'slight' irregularities of one (financial) type or another. Interesting timing?

My ultimate view of the movie is that it was a love story. The love that a man had for his church and for his girl. Never mind that the girl was a nun-in-training.

For me, the confrontation scene in the church just messed with my head - that is - I could actually 'feel' Monsignor Flaherty's agony. Don't get me wrong, people in the theatre actually laughed, but there was nothing even remotely funny about 'being caught' like that, and the ramifications should have been nothing less than catastrophic for him.

For those who termed the movie Campy, Cheesy or whatever other adjectives you may choose to describe this movie, I say get yourself a copy and see for yourself. Oh, and the acting was actually decent! Three stars for the film! R.I.P. Mr. & Mrs. Chris Reeve!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful betrayal confrontation Nov. 6 2010
By John Donohue - Published on Amazon.com
I am one who agrees the movie is not only better but different than perceived by the critics. I don't think it is laughable. You can take it as a stylized metaphor or parable of Catholic reality. Quite remarkable how that which was too over-the-top to be taken seriously a while back now seems like an expected headline. Nobody thought it preposterous when Coppola put the Pope and Michael Corleone in the same bed.

However, the character played by Geneviève Bujold..this is amazing. She seems the embodiment of the intrinsic conflict in Christianity/Catholicism with regard to matters of the flesh versus those of the "spirit." She is a victim of the dichotomy because she does not reject it as false on its face, as it should be rejected.

Her incipient 'hope' growing from within the otherwise desultory hook-up grows. She invests in it. It could be the healing of her torture.

But then the betrayal. Okay, perhaps on hearing this plot-point it seems all too clichéd...but Bujold brings home the pain. The way the filmmakers set up and record the reveal of the betrayal and the intense, naked confrontation just afterwards, with rage-justified words and gesture...I know of no other such counter-attack of the wounded soul.

The film is worth it just for this scene.

John Donohue
Pasadena, CA
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