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THE POPE MUST DIE
The Pope Must Die (15) (Peter Richardson, UK, 1991) Robbie Coltrane, Alex Rocco, Herbert Lom, Paul Bartel. 97 mins. Mason Boyne, where are you now? From celebrated TV comic Orangeman, it is but a short step lorthe rotund talent of Dar Robbie to strut his infallible stuff as Pope Dave I in this latest broad farce from those persistent Comic Strip folks. It you rememberthe big man’s cardinal in Jarman's Caravaggio and his blessed sister in disguise lrom Nuns On The Run, you’re probably wondering just what it is about the ever-amiable Scot that induces filmmakers to smother l
. him in ecclesiastical garb.
After this sorry exercise in strained l
‘ bad taste, perhaps Robbie himself
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should think twice before he dons a cassock again. Writer Pete Richens and co-writer/director Peter Richardson here put the theme of fiscal corruption at the highest spiritual level to the service of one-joke comedy. As Collrane’s rock ’n’ roll country priest cum car mechanic Friar Dave Albinizzi is mistakenly elected supreme Pontilt
and comes to realise the extent of the conspiracy between sinning cardinals Rocco and Bartel and Lom’s twitchy megalomaniac magnate, there‘s only so much gutiaw mileage to be made from the sight of Catholic chaps in long dresses being very naughty indeed.
As it realising the very problem of sustaining the humorous momentum, the script then goes into overdrive, linking subplots about Lom's loxy daughter, Collrane’s murky past and a certain heavy metal star. Meanwhile in
the main plot, plans are aloot to assassinate Pope Dave, belore he
1 discovers how much the Vatican Bank ; likes to say ‘yes’ to the less scrupulous
kind of cleric. Trouble is, with so much exposition to get through, the laughs just dry up, and a fairly leeble llnal confrontation does little to help matters.
While Messrs Rocco, Bartel and Lom
are always fun to watch, poor Robbie doesn't have much to do except be lovable, and although there’s undoubtedly an audience in Scotland for The Pope Must Die, on the strength of its title and Collrane's participation, it doesn't really offer much beyond the hit-and-miss shenanigans you’d expect. Forsome, this might be enough, but the kind of lare you'd come
home with from the video shop doesn’t
always stand up in the more
demanding arena olyourlocal cinema. E (TrevorJohnston)
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portrayal of lost innocence and determination. which won awards at both the Montreal and Berlin Film Festivals. (ilasgow: (EFT.
I The Frightened City ( 15) (John [.emont. UK. 1961 ) Sean Connery. Herbert Lom. John (iregson. Alfred Marks. 98 mins. London-set gangster caper. in which the goodfellas come to blows over a
protection set-up. and a pre-Bond
Connery has the opportunity to flex a few .' muscles through his sweater. Otherwise unremarkable. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I From Russia With Love (PG) (Terence Young. UK. 1963) Sean Connery. Daniela Bianchi. Pedro Armendariz. Lotte Lenya. Robert Shaw. 110 mins. The second and among the best of the Bond flicks. with the Usual Cold War shenanigans powered by atmospheric set-pieces. a genuinely witty script and truly inspired performances all round. Tim and Rog should weep. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Ghostl12)((ierryZueker.L's. 1990) Patrick Swayze. Demi Moore. Whoopi Goldberg. Tony (ioldwyn. 126 mins. Death doth part happy couple Swayze and Moore when the former falls victim toa late-night mugging. Not content merely to pass on. however. he returns to try and get back in touch with his wife via medium Goldberg (who won an Oscar for her supporting role). in an attempt to warn her
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about financial and other dangers. Arniable supernatural comedy-drama. which spawned a few inferior imitations. Edinburgh: Cameo. Central: MacRobert ArtsCentre.
I Ghostbusteml’o) (Ivan Reitman. lJS. 198-1) Bill Murray. Sigourney Weaver. Dan Aykroyd. 105 mins. ’I‘hree wacky unemployed parapsychologists pursue a little private enterprise as exterminators in spook-infested Noo Yawk. Wildly over-rated comedy. lidinburgh: Cameo. I La Gloire De Mon Pete (PG) (Yves Robert. France. 1990) Philippe ('aubere. Nathalie Roussel. Didier Painfl‘herese Leotard. 105 mins. The first of two films based on the memoirs of Marcel Pagnol (offer!!! He Hurt’lle Manon Des Sources fame). this is a story of the remembered joys ofchildhood. foctising on Pagnol‘s father (Caubere). a successful schoolteacher. and on a summer holiday in Provence. where the young Marcel (Ciamaca) discovers the beauty of the country side. the value of friendshipand the sad fact that holidays come to an end. Charming and summery. ifsomewhat sentimental. See preview. page 20. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I The Godfather lll ( 15) (Francis Ford Coppola. l 'S. 1990) Al Pacino, Andy (iarcia. Diane Keaton. 'I'alia Shire. 160 mins. The final instalment. we're assured. of the (‘oppola Puzo saga has Pacino‘s Michael Corleone struggling to keep the peace both within the family and throughout his Mafia contacts. In an bid for peace of mind and stability. he turnsto the Church and away from organised crime. but the demons of his past are not so easily left behind. Painted on the same broad canvas as its two prequels. this isa lavish and beautifully played gangster drama with a true note of tragedy. But there‘s a faint odour of formulaic remake. Iidinburgh: Filmhouse.
I GoodFellas ( 18) (Martin Scorsese. US. 1990) Robert De Niro. Ray [.iotta. Joe Pesci. Lorraine Braco. Paul Sorvino. 145 mins. A return for Scorsese and De Niro to the creed of amoral violence seen in Mum Streets and Taxi Driver. Liotta plays Henry I till. a real-life mufioso, while De Niro is his mentor in crime. And while the bullets. fists and carving knives fly. Scorsese brings us back to that unavoidable question -< yes. it's glamorous and lucrative to live this way. but can
any one really live with the consequences? Winner of BAI’I‘A awards for best film. director and screenplay. and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Joe Pesci. (ilasgow: (il’l‘.
I Graveyard Shift ( 18) (Ralph S. Singleton. (IS. 1990) David Andrews. Stephen Macht. Brad Dourif. 86 mins. Based on an early Stephen King story. this is definitely B-movie stuff and a world away from .ilt'st'ry. Set in the rural north-east of America. it centres on a verminous
mutation which grew up on textile offcuts ;
and has graduated to munching human remains in the neighbourhood graveyard. When clean-cut-college-kid Andrews and his less civilised workmates are put to work cleaning tip the basement ofthe textile mills by heartless boss Macht. the true nature of the beast is exposed. (iutsy and unrepentanlly silly frightfeast directed by the associate producer of Pet Seminary. lidinburgh: liCl. Strathclydc: Cannon. l'Cl Clydebank. LTCI East Kilbride.
I The Gritters ( 15) (Stephen l-‘rears. l IS. 1990) Anjelica Huston. John Cusack. Annette Betting. 119 mins. Hugely
satisfying nm'r melodrama. centring on the
relationship between three streetwise ‘grifters‘ — mob moll l.in (Huston). her estranged son. injured con man Roy (Cusack). and Roy's ambitious girl Myra (Betting). When Lin decides to visit Roy in hospital. skeletons start turnblingfrom closets. and their loose grip on security begins to weaken. Rich. dark and very substantial. Central: MacRobert Arts Centre.
I Guilty 8] Suspicion ( 15) (Irwin Winkler. 1
US. 1990) Robert De Niro. Annette Bening. (ieorge Wendt. Sam I, Wannamaker. 105 mins. A newattempt j by the American film industry to come to ! terms with the McCarthy era. when Hollywood was purged ofanyone deemed to have communist connections. with devastating effects. De Niro stars as a highly successful director destroyed by rumours. with Bening as his supportive ex-wife. Wannamaker — who was himself blacklisted »- as an attorney. and Martin Scorsese in a minor role as another harassed director. Despite cumbersome pacing. the performances and good intentions are strong enough to make this a very watchable movie. and the courtroom climax is well worth waitng for.