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Duke Mitchell was an Italian Rudy Ray Moore, a popular nightclub performer, singer, actor, and self-proclaimed “Mr. Palm Springs” whose long-running Martin & Lewis-style comedy act with partner Sammy Petrillo was featured in BELA LUGOSI MEETS A BROOKLYN GORILLA. Mitchell went on to use his talents and show business connections to produce two of the most entertaining films of the Seventies, which he wrote, directed, produced, scored and starred in.

GONE WITH THE POPE stars Duke Mitchell as Paul, a gangster with an unholy scheme: to kidnap the pope and charge "a dollar from every Catholic in the world" as the ransom. Shot in 1975 as KISS THE RING, GONE WITH THE POPE was unfinished at the time of Duke Mitchell's death in 1981.

Sage Stallone and Bob Murawski of Grindhouse Releasing rediscovered GONE WITH THE POPE in 1995 and vowed to save it from obscurity. Academy Award-winning film editor Murawski (THE HURT LOCKER, SPIDER-MAN 1,2 & 3) spent 15 years completing GONE WITH THE POPE from the surviving film elements.

GONE WITH THE POPE
Playing at

New Beverly Cinema
7165 West Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 938-4038

Hudson Horror Show
Silver Cinemas
South Hills Mall
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

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Here are critics' quotes and links to press for GONE WITH THE POPE

"GLORIOUSLY, HILARIOUSLY OFFENSIVE...INCREDIBLE....FASCINATING"! - LA Weekly

"RIDICULOUSLY ENTERTAINING"! - Film Radar

VARIETY coverage of the world premiere in Hollywood:

MOVIELINE interview with executive producer Bob Murawski:

CINEMA ARCANA feature about GONE WITH THE POPE:

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“Of all the films I have been involved with, the one that I am most proud of is GONE WITH THE POPE,” Murawski said. “Duke Mitchell didn't live to see this masterpiece finished. I am honored to be the person to finish it for him. Completing this movie was a 15-year labor of love. No expense or effort was spared in rescuing this classic from cinematic oblivion and finishing it with the utmost quality. Our beautiful new 35mm print stands as a testament to Duke Mitchell's unique and explosively entertaining vision.”

 

See the amazing GONE WITH THE POPE trailer on YOUTUBE

 

For more information, visit www.GrindhouseReleasing.com and www.GonewiththePope.com
For stills and press, e-mail David Szulkin at info@grindhousereleasing.com

GONE WITH THE POPE Poster by Stephen Romano www.shockfestival.net