It's true. Good things come to those who wait. Nearly 40 years after its creation, Gone With the Pope is making its way to a Dallas theater. This '70s crime saga, released by Grindhouse Productions, is a gem for all B-movie lovers. Paul, played by Duke Mitchell, is a gangster who plans to kidnap the pope for a wild ransom: a dollar from every Catholic in the world. But the back story of the movie's creation and restoration is almost as entertaining as the film itself. The film was created in 1975 by Mitchell, but was left unfinished after his death in 1981. The reels collected dust for years, until Sage Stallone and Bob Murawski--owners of Grindhouse Releasing--took it upon themselves to put the movie together. Murawski himself dedicated 15 years to the project--between his A-list projects as editor of The Hurt Locker and the Spiderman trilogy. After its highly successful premiere in Hollywood, the feature started a national tour. To see it for yourself, stop by the Inwood Theatre at midnight Friday and Saturday; tickets are $10. For more information, visit gonewiththepope.com.
Fri., July 2; Sat., July 3, 2010