The Pope Must Die

THE POPE MUST DIE (aka THE POPE MUST DIET) (15)
D: Peter Richardson
Palace/Miramax/Film Four (Stephen Woolley)
UK 1991
99 mins
 
Comedy
 
W: Peter Richardson & Pete Richens
DP: Frank Gell
Ed: Katherine Wenning
Mus: Anne Dudley & Jeff Beck
 
Robbie Coltrane (Father Albinizi / Pope David I), Beverly D'Angelo (Veronica Dante), Herbert Lom (Vittorio Corelli), Alex Rocco (Cardinal Rocco)
 
Farcical attempt at a gangster parody, starring Robbie Coltrane as an inept priest who, via an administrative error, becomes the pope and attempts to clean up a Vatican seized by the mafia. 
Despite the best efforts of Robbie Coltrane, the film fails to deliver more than an occasional chuckle.
The title was slightly altered in more religiously devout countries, to the much less offensive "The Pope Must Diet"... because Robbie Coltrane is a rather large man. Yawn.
4/10

The Pope Must Die
The Pope Must Die