Saving Grace (1986)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Religious Drama  |   Release Date - May 2, 1986 (USA)  |   Run Time - 112 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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This is an Italian comedy about a runaway, incognito Pope who makes his way to a village for a temporary stay and tries to bring a few good works to fruition while there. After Pope Leo XIV gets locked out of the Vatican garden one day, he opts for taking off on a small escape from official and bureaucratic burdens. Since he is not in his robes, who's to know? He heads for a remote village in the south of Italy that has no priest. He finds shelter with a former hooker and her mute daughter and then sets to work overcoming the local thugs and repairing a broken aqueduct. Meanwhile, back at the Vatican, the Cardinals are wringing their hands, trying to hide the fact that His Holiness has taken a powder.

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culture [social culture], deafness, disguise, freedom, friendship, guidance, hitchhiker, isolation, on-the-road, Pope, poverty, priest, responsibility, self-discovery, village