Here’s some news for camp movie aficionados: Shout! Factory is bringing out an overlooked example of the form on January 31st when they release Monsignor.  This unilikely Christopher Reeve vehicle presents everyone’s favorite Superman as a corrupt priest who works his way up the Vatican ladder as he teams up with the Mafia and sleeps with a woman (Genevieve Bujold) on her way to the convent.  It was directed by Frank Perry, who has many great films like David & Lisa to his credit but is also known for the camp classic Mommie Dearest.  It will be presented in a new anamorphic transfer.  Read on for all the schlock soap-opera details…

MONSIGNOR

Starring Christopher Reeve, Genevieve Bujold, Fernando Rey, Jason Miller,

Joe Cortese, Adolfo Celi, with Tomas Milian as Father Francisco

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JANUARY 31, 2012 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY

An ambitious American veteran turned priest (Christopher Reeve, Somewhere In Time) journeys to Rome to take his assignment as the Vatican’s new treasurer. But upon his arrival he finds the holy coffer nearly bare, and he takes it upon himself to refill it, striking illegal business deals with a U.S. Army sergeant with ties to the Italian Mob. The young priest’s morality is corrupted even further when he meets and seduces a beautiful young woman (Genevieve Bujold) on her way to becoming a nun. Can his faith save him before his sins condemn him?

From director Frank Perry (Mommie Dearest) comes a tale of ambition, greed, lust and power, boasting stellar performances from supporting cast members including Jason Miller (The Exorcist), Fernando Rey (The French Connection) and Joe Pantoliano.

Twentieth Century Fox presents
A FRANK YABLANS Presentation   A FRANK PERRY Film
CHRISTOPHER REEVE   MONSIGNOR

GENEVIEVE BUJOLD, FERNANDO REY, JASON MILLER, JOE CORTESE, ADOLFO CELI,

with TOMAS MILIAN as Francisco

Director of Photography BILLY WILLIAMS, B.S.C.,

Music by JOHN WILLIAMS, Produced by FRANK YABLANS and DAVID NIVEN, JR.,

Screenplay by ABRAHAM POLONSKY and WENDELL MAYES

Based upon the novel by JACK ALAIN LEGER

Directed by FRANK PERRY

Technical Information

Street Date: January 31, 2012

Total Feature Running Time: +/- 121 minutes

Video: 1.78:1

Enhanced for 16×9 televisions

Sound: English 2.0 Stereo