Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.
USA, 1982. Frank Yablans Presentations. Screenplay by Abraham Polonsky, Wendell Mayes, based on the novel by Jack-Alain Leger. Cinematography by Billy Williams. Produced by David Niven Jr., Frank Yablans. Music by John Williams. Production Design by John DeCuir Jr.. Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge. Film Editing by Peter E. Berger.
Failed attempt to get inside the world of the Catholic Church. Christopher Reeve is flat as a priest who does so well in organizing business affairs for the Vatican, he gets friendly with the mob. When he meets va-va-voom nun Genevieve Bujold, he decides his vow of celibacy should be thrown out the window, and from there it’s all downhill. The film tries to be a shocking expose, but its story (based on the novel by Jack-Alain Leger) is too ridiculous for words and sometimes you’ll find yourself laughing without meaning to. Sadly, a strong cast (including Fernando Rey, Jason Miller, Adolfo Celi, and Robert Prosky) are dragged down into the mud with the respectable stars.