Frank Sinatra's "SUMMER WIND"
In ANTHONY PAPILITO PARK
6th Avenue and Houston Street
New York, NY
Italian-American Writer / Native of Greenwich Village
Author Daniel Bellino Zwicke takes us on Charlie Morant's
POPE of GREENWICH VILLAGE Tour
MICKEY ROURKE'S "POPE of GREENWICH VILLAGE" Tour
The POPE of GREENWICH VILLAGE starring Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts
with Daryl Hannah, Burt Young, and Geraldine Paige
Screenplay by Vincent Patrick
In an Italian neighborhood of Greenwich Village, cousins Charlie (Rourke), a Maître d' with aspirations of someday owning his own restaurant, and Paulie (Roberts), a schemer who works as a waiter, have expensive tastes but not much money. Paulie gets caught skimming checks, and he and Charlie are both fired. Now out of work and in debt, Charlie must find another way to pay his alimony, support his pregnant girlfriend Diane (Hannah), and try to buy a restaurant.
Paulie comes to Charlie with a "can't-miss" robbery, involving a large amount of cash in the safe of a local business. Charlie reluctantly agrees to participate, and they manage to crack the safe with help from an accomplice, Barney (McMillan), a clock repairman and locksmith. But things go sour, resulting in the accidental death of police officer Walter "Bunky" Ritter, who had been secretly taping "Bed Bug" Eddie Grant (Young). Charlie soon learns that the money they stole belongs to Eddie.
The mob figures out that Paulie is involved, and not even his Uncle Pete, part of Eddie's crew, can help him. Eddie's henchmen cut off Paulie's left thumb as punishment.
Diane leaves Charlie and takes his money to support their unborn child, while Paulie is forced to work as a waiter for Eddie. He gives the mob Barney's name but initially refuses to identify Charlie as the third man involved. However, under pressure, he is forced to rat on his cousin. Barney leaves town and Charlie mails him his cut of the loot. And when Charlie makes $20,000 on a horse, things begin to look up.
Charlie prepares for a showdown with Eddie, armed with a copy of the tape that the police officer made. But at the last moment, Paulie puts lye in Eddie's coffee. Then he and Charlie casually walk away from Greenwich Village.
WHEN ITALIAN-AMERICANS COOK
by Greenwich Village Native Daniel Bellino "Z"
RECIPES STEAK PIZZAIOLA alla EDDY
BEDBUG EDDIE'S CALAMARI
FRITTATA MEATBALLS MARINARA
And More ...