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****** jackboots echo in the Vatican as ******'s henchmen try to find out who has been smuggling Jews and English soldiers out of Rome. And the game is on in this unheralded 1983 thriller based on a true story. The film pits Irish priest Msgr. Hugh O'Flaherty (Gregory Peck) against Rome's Gestapo chief Lt. Col. Herbert Kappler (Christopher Plummer). Peck plays the priest as a wily and witty man of conscience who is as quick with his fists and tongue as he is with his elusive feet. He is a kind of Scarlet Pimpernel. Disguised as a street vendor, a nun, or even a German officer, he steals past Kappler's men again and again. Viewers may shout huzzas at the success of one of O'Flaherty's stratagems. Early on in the film, he and Kappler run into each other while leaving an opera house. After they exchange pleasantries -- O'Flaherty's have subtle double meanings, the second ones insulting -- the priest asks Kappler to autograph an opera program. Flattered, Kappler obliges. Later O'Flaherty uses the autograph to forge Kappler's signature on a document ordering the release of a prisoner. Plummer is excellent as Kappler, who is under pressure from ****** himself to subjugate Rome and counter subversive activity. At home, he is a loving father and husband. At work, he is a ruthless. On occasion, guilt ****** his conscience. (Sir John Gielgud) portrays Pope Pius XII as a man of dignity, humanity, and ambiguity. Clearly, in its sympathetic presentation of Pius, the film is on the pope's side. It does not shrink from drawing attention to his controversial policy of appeasement with the ******. While viewing this film, be sure to watch until the epilogue appears. Mike Cummings, All Movie Guide

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