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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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Director:
Writers:
John Patrick (screenplay) and
James Kennaway (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
14 November 1968 (USA) See more »
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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 »
NewsDesk:
(4 articles)
Calvary – The Review
 (From WeAreMovieGeeks.com. 14 August 2014, 1:54 PM, PDT)

Popes on Film
 (From Alt Film Guide. 29 April 2013, 2:15 PM, PDT)

R.I.P. Jaroslav “Jerry” Gebr
 (From Deadline TV. 21 March 2013, 12:50 PM, PDT)

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Great performances and little else See more (45 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 
 
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)
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 | USA:G

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Trivia:
The plane shown on arrival at the airport in Rome is a DC 8-33, named "Rurik Viking", registration SE-DBA, that was operated by Scandinavian Airlines from May 1960 until April 1970.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Kiril Lakota is often identified as a Russian, when in fact he is an Ukrainian, a different ethnic group. During the Cold War, Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union. Westerners - especially Americans - typically referred to the Soviet Union as "Russia" and did not distinguish between various ethnic groups within the Soviet Union, referring to all of them as "Russians."See more »
Quotes:
Kiril Lakota:[the Soviet representative has just informed Kiril of the conditions of his release, namely that he keep silent about conditions in the USSR] I cannot accept these conditions.
Piotr Ilyich Kamenev:They have been accepted for you.
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12 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Great performances and little else, 25 July 2002
Author: Jugu Abraham (jugu_abraham@yahoo.co.uk) from Trivandrum, Kerala, India

I first saw this film in 1971 and was in awe of the selection process of the Pontiff that the film presented in lengthy yet pleasing detail. Even today it would be difficult to access the locations within the Vatican the film showed. The real hero of the film is Morris L West, the author of the book, who could foresee the selection of a Pope from a Communist country, just as H G Wells predicted the landing on the moon.

The mainstay of the film beyond the story are the performers (in order of merit): Oscar Werner, Anthony Quinn, Leo McKern, John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Vittorio De Sica, and David Janssen.

This was probably the finest performance of Oscar Werner. It is indeed unfortunate that he did not live to endear us long after this movie was made.

Quinn on the other hand had played somewhat similar roles; his "Barrabas" was very close to this one and probably a richer performance; so was his "25th Hour" where he has to suffer when he is mistaken for a Jew in a Nazi labour camp. Quinn finest moment, and probably the film's strongest scene, was the incognito Pope praying as a Jewish rabbi would at the bedside of a sick man. The lines following the scene with Barbara Jefford (the Doctor wife of a TV reporter) spoken by Quinn "You never mentioned the word love" is probably one of the few strong lines in a lackadaisical script that are truly uplifting.

Leo McKern is a good actor and I would rate this performance as his second best--second only to his Ryan in Lean's "Ryan's Daughter". The scene where he admits his guilt of being jealous is very well developed.

De Sica is good always great as an actor and as a director. After great scenes in the beginning of the film, De Sica's character vanishes which is a major flaw in the film. John Gielgud has played a Pope often ("Becket" for one) that he just slips into the role like a glove.

Laurence Olivier is great to watch but ridiculous to hear him deliver his lines. Even though he is able to play the role of the Russian leader well, his Russian English based on a heavy "th" sound only provides amusement. This would have succeeded had he persisted in bringing more Russian sounds in his speech. In comparison, Frank Finlay is more Russian than Olivier in this film. Actress Rosemary Dexter has proved her acting capability in Swedish films providing good foil to reputed actresses like Bibi Andersen; yet she has got insignificant roles in films like this one.

The screenplay and direction are weak but the subplots involving David Janssen and Oscar Werner add life to the listless screenplay. Though the movie has its strong moments, the intervention of international politics involving superpowers make the film and West's story unbelievable.

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