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 16x9 tele­vi­sions

Sound: English 2.0 Stereo