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A year after his election, a youthful Pope (Conti) longs to be involved in ordinary people’s lives again, as he was when he was a priest. During an audience, the Pope communicates with a deaf mute young girl whose village has no priest.
Accidentally locked out of the Vatican, the Pope travels to the small impoverished and demoralized village, his identity concealed by his beard growth. He realizes that the people need to rebuild a dilapidated aqueduct but, more importantly, that they must regain their community spirit and self-sufficiency.
Without expertise and, initially, only the help of some street-wise orphans, he starts construction. All this is watched skeptically by a mysterious neighbour played by Giannini and opposed by local thugs led by Ciolino (Olmos) whose ill-gotten gains depend on the village remaining overly dependent on outsiders.
Saving Grace is a 1986 film produced by Herbert F. Solow, directed by Robert M. Young and starring Tom Conti, Giancarlo Giannini and Edward James Olmos. It is based on a novel by Celia Gittelson with screenplay by Richard Kramer and David S. Ward under a different name. This was the last film to be distributed from Avco Embassy Pictures.
Saving Grace (1986)
Directed by: Robert M. Young
Starring: Tom Conti, Fernando Rey, Erland Josephson, Giancarlo Giannini, Donald Hewlett, Patricia Mauceri, Angelo Evans, Marta Zoffoli, Agnès Nobecourt
Screenplay by: Richard Kramer
Production Design by: Giovanni Natalucci
Cinematography by: Reynaldo Villalobos
Film Editing by: Michael Kelly, Peter Zinner
Costume Design by: Vittoria Guaita
Set Decoration by: Joe Chevalier
Music by: William Goldstein
Distributed by: Embassy Pictures
Release Date: May 2, 1986