The Pope of Greenwich Village

Released 1984


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Stuart Rosenberg
The Pope of Greenwich Village is an action film, set in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City, which follows the story of a robbery gone wrong. Paulie (Eric Roberts) and his cousin Charlie (Mickey Rourke) could not be more different. Although they work at the same restaurant, Charlie dreams of one day opening his own restaurant while Paulie is a small time crook. When Paulie is caught skimming checks, both he and Charlie are fired from their jobs. Paulie approaches Charlie about a plan to rob the safe of a local business and realizing he has alimony to pay and a pregnant girlfriend to support, Charlie agrees to the scheme. They are able to successfully take the money, but what Charlie soon finds out is that the money they stole actually belongs to "Bed Bug" Eddie Grant (Burt Young), a member of the Mafia. When the Mafia finds out that Charlie and Paulie stole their money, they go after them. To find out what happens to Charlie and Paulie, watch The Pope of Greenwich Village.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It's worth seeing for the acting, and it's got some good laughs in it, and New York is colorfully observed, but don't tell me this movie is about human nature, because it's not; it...

  • 75

    Miami Herald

    There are some funny lines in The Pope of Greenwich Village. Once the eye knows the characters and the ear gets accustomed to the filthy (and somehow quaint) street slang, Rosenber...

  • 50

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    With its close attention to the Little Italy milieu and its farcical treatment of a safecracking, the picture is designed to turn Martin Scorsese's scathing Mean Streets into a sit...

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Crime, Mobsters