Deep in New York in the 80's, two likeable schemers survive
Nov 9, 2008
Charlie, a half-Irish, half-Italian restaurant manager (played by a very young Mickey Rourke) employs his young cousin Paulie (an equally young Eric Roberts) as a waiter. Charlie wants to do better, and dreams of opening his own restaurant, but Paulie is full of tricks and schemes, always dreaming of ways to become bigger and better.
Paulie spins a dinner check, and gets both Charlie and himself fired from their jobs. Then Charlie finds out his girlfriend Diane (a young and stunning Daryl Hannah) is pregnant. Charlie has enough problems with his ex-wife Cooky and supporting his son Vinnie, so Charlie needs to score big to change his situation. Paulie's got the plan all laid out.
The problem is, Paulie is a screw-up. From investing in a racehorse to planning a break-and-enter, Paulie always seems to overlook the dangers of his schemes. One of my favorite scenes, one that still after all these years brings a smile to my face and a chuckle to my lips, is Paulie's retribution to the surly street cop who administers parking tickets by immediately towing cars.
'Pope' is a fantastic, low-key film with exceptional entertainment value. A great movie from the early 80's that is still poignant. Adding to the flavor, you should have a great time chuckling when you see all the shiny suits, tight pants, and permed hair. The supporting cast is great, with Burt Young playing 'Bedbug' Eddie Grant, Kenneth McMillan playing Barney the safecracker, and Tony Musante as uncle Pete. Put a nice soundtrack with Sinatra's 'Summer Wind' behind it, and you have a tasty, laid back treat to watch when you're feeling mellow. Enjoy!
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