Saving Grace


Comedy / Drama

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Tom Conti Photo
Tom Conti as Pope Leo XIV
Edward James Olmos Photo
Edward James Olmos as Ciolino
Giancarlo Giannini Photo
Giancarlo Giannini as Abalardi
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1 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 51 min
P/S 8 / 37
1.86 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 51 min
P/S 19 / 45

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by roghache9 / 10

Hopeful, uplifting revelation of a Pope's touching, human side

This comedy drama is a relatively undiscovered jewel of a movie. I saw it only once about 15 plus years ago, so frankly have forgotten many of the details. However, I see very few comments posted so felt obligated to add my praise. For starters, this movie features lovely scenery of the Italian countryside as well as views of Rome. However, its chief merit is that it's a gentle, hopeful story with some quietly amusing moments.

Leo XIV is a new Pope who has become disillusioned with his tightly booked schedules, official audiences, and regular briefings on world affairs. He feels out of touch with the ordinary individuals outside the Vatican's walls, wonders if he has any effect on their lives, and misses daily contact with people as an ordinary priest. One day while chasing a windblown paper of gardening instructions, he is inadvertently locked out of the Vatican. The Pope makes his way to Montepetra, an obscure, impoverished village which he has overheard is in need of a priest, and thus 'goes missing' from the Vatican for a time. He finds himself helping the poor village peasants and in the process, rediscovers the joys he misses from being a regular priest where he is able to clearly see his impact upon those he serves.

Tom Conti is both compelling and endearing in the role of Pope Leo XIV. He conveys very effectively this Pope's strengths, his approachability and lack of self righteous piety, as well as exposing his sense of humour and vulnerability to temptation...his human side. It is the first time I saw Tom Conti act and I was so impressed by his portrayal in this movie that I've been a fan of his ever since.

Perhaps this film isn't that realistic, as Pope Leo appears a bit young to have been chosen for the Fisherman's Shoes and his unexplained absence from the Vatican seems unlikely. However, do we always need realism? This movie shows that even a Pope can feel trapped and have self doubts, though despite undergoing something of a minor crisis, this man's deep faith is never really in question. It is an unexpectedly lovely, optimistic, and inspiring tale that can be enjoyed by anyone, including non Catholics. Personally, I would love to locate it to watch again.

Reviewed by Mr_Mirage10 / 10

Practically Perfect In Every Way

Sadly, this little gem has fallen by the wayside, and truly deserves the whole nine yards of restoration and re-release. This is one of those rare Good For The Whole Family productions that lives up to that idea.

Truly heartwarming and uplifting. This is what Disney tried to achieve, and often released in the form of overbearing or overly saccharine productions. It is one of the strongest pro-Catholic films I have ever seen, and not being Catholic it actually affects me to the point that I seriously considered becoming Catholic.

Tom Conti plays a troubled, conflicted man, a simple priest in many ways, who finds himself elected Pope. He questions whether or not he should remain as Pope, or step down. While puttering about in the Vatican garden, his letter is swept away by a gust of wind, and he gets locked out. His security fails to see this, totally enraptured (like the entire nation of Italy) when Italy wins the World Cup.

Watching this film is a revelation to Conti's abilities as an actor. All of the subsidiary actors are excellent, and the story moves along with a sense of power and purpose rarely seen in film.

10 out of 10.

Reviewed by Leo-1210 / 10

Really Good Movie, Much Underrated

Ebert liked it. Maltin hated it. Maltin's usually reliable, but not here. Tom Conti, Giancarlo Giannini, and Fernando Rey are all terrific here in improbable story about how depressed young pope gets accidentally locked out of the Vatican and has an adventure amongst Italian peasants in a remote village. This is admittedly a feel-good flick, but its message is nonetheless both strong and timeless. As an added plus: on-location cinematography is gorgeous.

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