The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)
February 11, 2024 2:24 PM - Subscribe

(Trailer) Charlie and his troublesome cousin Paulie decide to steal $150000 in order to back a "sure thing" race horse that Paulie has inside information on. The aftermath of the robbery gets them into serious trouble with the local Mafia boss and the corrupt New York City police department.

Cousins Paulie (Eric Roberts) and Charlie (Mickey Rourke) plan to rob a merchant in the New York City neighborhood that's home to the restaurant where they work. When their scheme results in the death of a police officer and draws the ire of the Mafia-linked businessman who was ripped off, Charlie's girlfriend (Daryl Hannah) bolts, and mob henchmen exact a brutal price from Paulie. With the mob threatening to kill them, the thieves must think fast if they intend to survive.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Writers: Vincent Patrick, from his novel

77% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes

posted by Marky (3 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Hey, my band wrote a (30-second) song about this movie!

I actually hadn't seen it before the singer wrote those lyrics, which led me to check it out. What a trip. It feels to me a lot more like a 70s film than something out of 1984 (which is a good thing). The acting is sharp and naturalistic, and it certainly doesn't hurt that young Mickey Rourke is crazy hot. Sure it's full of cliche, but it's a good time.
posted by uncleozzy at 7:14 AM on February 12

You ever think about how Eric Roberts was good-looking, famous, and a successful and acclaimed actor and then his little sister was like, Hold my beer.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:54 PM on February 13

I saw this movie sometime as a teenager in the 80s and I've loved it ever sincle. It's the movie that made me think "eh, I'll see Mean Streets some day probably." I have a lot of those, I suppose off-brand archetypes, but really this is more a predecessor to "Laws of Gravity" than anything I can think of. "Small-time hoods? How about even smaller-time hoods?" Burt Young, also a second-string villain! Flawless movie.

posted by rhizome at 11:19 PM on February 13

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