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Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Geraldine Page was on screen in only two scenes, with a total running time of approximately eight minutes. When Page was Oscar nominated, she became the first woman to receive seven nominations without a win, a feat also achieved by actors Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole. She would finally win an Oscar on her eighth nomination the next year for The Trip to Bountiful (1985).
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Michael Cimino was asked to direct this film, but didn't think it was a good fit for him. As a favor to the producers, who were on a deadline, he went to New York and did all the preproduction. When they were set to begin shooting, the producers again asked Cimino to direct, but considering the budget, he thought that they needed someone who could work faster than he was used to working. They hired Rosenberg.
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According to author Christopher Heard, the movie was originally to feature the first onscreen pairing of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, playing Charlie and Paulie, respectively. In the end, Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts played the roles.
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The film's closing credits dedication states: "Mickey Rourke's Performance is Dedicated to The Memory of James Hayden 1953-1983". Hayden was an actor friend of Rourke's who passed away around the time this movie was made.
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First of four movie collaborations of actors Eric Roberts and Mickey Rourke. Their common films include Spun (2002), Skin Traffik (2015), The Expendables (2010) and The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984).
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Rickie Lee Jones had originally written and recorded an instrumental demo as a theme, but it was rejected in favor of Frank Sinatra's "Summer Wind." The demo, which retained the title "Theme for the Pope" (because of the movie), wound up on her 1984 album The Magazine.
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Stuart Rosenberg replaced Ron Maxwell as director. Maxwell was allegedly fired early on during production by MGM/UA after Maxwell lobbied to have actor Eric Roberts replaced. Maxwell didn't see Roberts as a New York City street hustler, but was overruled by the studio & producers.
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The movie did actually utilize the "Greenwich Village" of the film's The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984) title, situated in Lower Manhattan, New York City, as a filming location.
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Over 15 years later, three of the cast members here would be playing regular or unforgettable guest roles on The Sopranos (1999): Frank Vincent and Paul Herman would co-star as crew members Phil Leotardo and Beansie Gaeta, while Burt Young would mesmerize in one killer appearance as Bobby Bacala, Sr., a mob hit man on his last legs.
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US rock band The Smoking Popes named themselves after Mickey Rourke's nicotine-loving character in this film.
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A number of film directors have been attached or associated with the production of this picture. These have included Ulu Grosbard, Michael Cimino, Ron Maxwell, and finally Stuart Rosenberg was the film's director.
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The soundtrack makes much use of songs sung by classic crooner Frank Sinatra.
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"This film was originally planned as the first on-screen pairing of legendary actors Robert De Niro and Al Pacino" according tio website 'Wikipedia'. 'The Examiner' website states the film "...was originally supposed to be directed by 'Michael Cimino' and would star Robert De Niro and Al Pacino".
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Cast-members Daryl Hannah and M. Emmet Walsh both previously appeared in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982) several years earlier.
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The film was made and released approximately five years after Vincent Patrick's source novel of the same name was published, in 1979. Patrick also penned the screenplay for the movie.
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The movie's main setting is an Italian ethnic locale known as "Little Italy" which is situated in the "Greenwich Village" of the film's title on the west side of Lower Manhattan in Manhattan, New York City. According to website 'Wikipedia', Little Italy "is bounded on the west by Tribeca and Soho, on the south by Chinatown, on the east by the Bowery and Lower East Side, and on the north by Nolita".
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Though actor Mickey Rourke and the film's reported original director Michael Cimino did not work together on this production, the pair did end up collaborating on another crime picture a year later, Year of the Dragon (1985). The two had worked together four years earlier on Heaven's Gate (1980), and would collaborate again six years later on Desperate Hours (1990).
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Early in the picture's development process Ulu Grosbard was attached as the film's director.
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Lead cast members Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts and Daryl Hannah all later starred in Ara Paiaya's Skin Traffik (2015) some thirty-one years after this picture debuted.
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One of five movie collaborations of actors Leonard Termo and Mickey Rourke. The films include Barfly, Homeboy (1988), Year of the Dragon (1985), A Prayer for the Dying (1987) and The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984), all made and released during the 1980s.
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Around thirteen years later, Philip Bosco and M. Emmet Walsh would appear with Eric Roberts' sister Julia Roberts in My Best Friend's Wedding (1997).
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Frank Sinatra's rendition of the song "Summer Wind" is heard three times during the film.
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Director Stuart Rosenberg's first theatrical film in approximately four years, after Brubaker (1980) starring Robert Redford.
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First produced theatrical screenplay by novelist Vincent Patrick.
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Actress Daryl Hannah would later appear in another movie, At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991), where Vincent Patrick also acted as a screenwriter. Both that picture and The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984) have titles which contain references to religious themes.
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The movie received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Geraldine Page, the movie's only major nod, but Page lost to Dame Peggy Ashcroft for David Lean's A Passage to India (1984). Page would win the Best Actress Oscar the following year for The Trip to Bountiful (1985), a film with a title which had a voyage name similarity to the movie that Ashcroft had won for (viz: Trip/Passage; India/Bountiful).
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The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Geraldine Page; and three Oscar nominees: Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke and Burt Young.
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The amount of money that the race-horse was selling for was US $15,000.
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The nickname of Detective Walter Ritter (Jack Kehoe) was "Bunky" whilst the nicknames of mob boss Eddie Grant (Burt Young) were "Bed Bug" and/or "Bed Bug Eddie".
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According to 'Rating the Movies', the picture "...falls somewhere between The Bowery Boys (1914) and Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets (1973)".
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