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The Shoes of the Fisherman -- Based on the best-selling book by Morris L. West, this sweeping epic follows Anthony Quinn as a Russian political prisoner who becomes Pope and tries to prevent an atomic war.
The Shoes of the Fisherman -- Set in a futuristic vision of the late 1980's, Ukrainian Archbishop Kiril Lakota is set free after two decades as a political prisoner in Siberia...

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John Patrick (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
14 November 1968 (USA) See more »
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A modern-day story of faith, courage and intrigue! See more »
Plot:
Ukrainian Archbishop Kiril Lakota is set free after two decades as a political prisoner in Siberia. He is brought to Rome by Fr... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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(4 articles)
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User Reviews:
Isn't it interesting how life imitates art... See more (48 total) »

Cast

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Anthony Quinn ... Archbishop Kiril Pavlovich Lakota

Laurence Olivier ... Premier Piotr Ilyich Kamenev (as Sir Laurence Olivier)

Oskar Werner ... Fr. David Telemond

David Janssen ... George Faber

Vittorio De Sica ... Cardinal Rinaldi

Leo McKern ... Cardinal Leone

John Gielgud ... The Elder Pope (as Sir John Gielgud)

Barbara Jefford ... Dr. Ruth Faber
Rosemary Dexter ... Chiara (as Rosemarie Dexter)

Frank Finlay ... Igor Bounin

Burt Kwouk ... Chairman Peng

Arnoldo Foà ... Gelasio (as Arnoldo Foa')
Paul Rogers ... Augustinian
George Pravda ... Gorshenin (credit only)

Clive Revill ... Tovarich Vucovich
Niall MacGinnis ... Capuchin Monk

Marne Maitland ... Cardinal Rahamani

Isa Miranda ... The Marchesa
Gerald Harper ... Brian
Leopoldo Trieste ... Dying Man's Friend

Peter Copley ... English Cardinal
Arthur Howard ... English Cardinal

Jean Rougeul ... Dominican
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Frederick ... American Cardinal (uncredited)
Åke Lindman ... Soldier Releasing Lakota (uncredited)
Dom Moor ... Polish Cardinal (uncredited)
Alfred Thomas ... African Cardinal (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Anderson 
 
Writing credits
John Patrick (screenplay) and
James Kennaway (screenplay)

Morris L. West (novel)

Produced by
George Englund .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alex North 
 
Cinematography by
Erwin Hillier (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ernest Walter 
 
Art Direction by
Edward C. Carfagno  (as Edward Carfagno)
George W. Davis 
 
Set Decoration by
Dorcy Howard (uncredited)
Hugh Hunt (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Orietta Nasalli-Rocca 
 
Makeup Department
Amato Garbini .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Stanley Goldsmith .... production manager
Frederick Muller .... unit production manager (as Fritz Mueller)
Danilo Sabatini .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Brandt .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
Italo Tomassi .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Kurt Doubrowsky .... sound mixer (as Kurt Doubravsky)
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ernest Day .... camera operator: second unit (as Ernie Day)
 
Editorial Department
Alessandro Lucidi .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Armbruster .... conductor (uncredited)
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Harry Bluestone .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Dennis Budimir .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Larry Bunker .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion (uncredited)
Caesar Giovannini .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Carol Kaye .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Michael Lang .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Samuel Matlovsky .... conductor (uncredited)
Alex North .... conductor (uncredited)
Jack Preisner .... musician: accordion (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten .... musician (uncredited)
David Tamkin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Raymond Turner .... musician: piano (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Margaret Roy Anderson .... dialogue coach
Antonio Petrucci .... technical advisor (as Dott. Antonio Petrucci)
Adone Terzariol .... technical advisor (as Monsignor Adone Terzariol)
 
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162 min
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2.20 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:G (original rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | Netherlands:AL (orginal rating) | New Zealand:G | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:G

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Trivia:
Anthony Quinn and Laurence Olivier previously worked together on Broadway in "Becket" in 1960, with Olivier in the title role and Quinn as Henry II. Halfway through the run, they swapped roles.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Dr. Faber starts to place her dying patient's arm under the bed sheets, he reaches under the covers by himself.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Ruth Faber:We're all in prison one way or another.
Kiril Lakota:Yes, and those who understand it, suffer most of all.
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38 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Isn't it interesting how life imitates art..., 19 June 2004
Author: Bill Estrem (waestrem) from Woodbury, Minnesota

I have enjoyed viewing this film several times. While I agree with other reviews that claim the film is a bit dull at times, I am inclined to agree more with their contention that it is an earnest film. Anthony Quinn provides a powerful and moving performance as the humble priest.

What has always struck me about this film is how the events depicted seem to have been realized in history as fr Karol Joseph Wojtyla, a polish priest, was selected by the College of Cardinals to wear the shoes of the fisherman as Pope John Paul II. In the film, Kiril Lakota was supposed to be the former archbishop of Lvov (Lviv). Today, Lviv is a Ukrainian city close to the Polish border. At other times in history, Lviv has been part of Poland.

The timing of events in Poland that led to the selection of Pope John Paul II were a precursor to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

I plan to watch this film again as the successor to Pope John Paul II is selected. I am not a catholic, but I find this glimpse into the traditions of the catholic church to be very interesting.

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