If it had not been for Bob Murawski, one of the Academy awarded editors of Hurt Locker, Gone with the Pope would most likely never have been seen on a big screen. Shot in 1976 by night club singer Duke Mitchell, who also stars in the movie, as a follow-up to his previous film, a DIY homage to The Godfather called The Executioner, Pope was never finished and the footage was stocked away. That is, until Murawski one day saw The Executioner on VHS. He then tried to get hold of Mitchell, only to find out that he died in 1981. However, he got the material for the unfinished movie in order to put it all together. Fifteen years later, after editing the movie on the side of more bankable jobs, with instructions from a treatment and scribbled notes on napkins, the film is now released. The result is classic Grindhouse material about a group of Italian gangsters kidnapping the Holy Father himself, putting the ransom to one dollar for every Catholic. Crammed with sex, violence and political incorrectness echoing its 70’s production time and milieu, Gone With the Pope is an unearthed time capsule of good bad taste.

Gone With The Pope poster
Title
Gone With The Pope
Director
Duke Mitchell
Country
USA
Length
83 min
Festival
2010
Section
Twilight Zone
Language
English
Premiere status
Swedish Premiere
Production year
2010
Cast
Bill Boyd, John Bruno, Carl Cocomo, Lorenzo Dardado, Paul DiAmico, Steve DiBiaso
Producer
Duke Mitchell
Script
Duke Mitchell
Music
Dominico Salvatora Miceli, Jeffrey Mitchell, Chris Virzi, Christopher Young

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