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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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14 November 1968 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Putting It All On the Line See more (41 total) »

Cast

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Anthony Quinn ... Kiril Lakota

Laurence Olivier ... 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 ... Peng

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

Clive Revill ... 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)
 
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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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 footage showing the arrival of the Cardinals and the crowds gathering in St. Peter's Square is taken from news reels and other archive films that documented the events between the death of Pope John XXIII and the election of Pope Paul VI in 1963.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Kiril Lakota is often identified as a Russian, when in fact he is an Ukrainian, a different nationality.See more »
Quotes:
Kiril Lakota:The only thing necessary to the Church is the Spirit of God.See more »
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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Putting It All On the Line, 20 June 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The film adaption of Morris West's best selling novel Shoes of the Fisherman gives the viewer a rare insight into the workings of the Catholic Church. Even the most dogged of unbelievers have always conceded that in this form of the Christian faith there has always been a grand pageantry at work.

It also a great example of life imitating art. Anthony Quinn is the former Archbishop of Lvov who was sent away for many years by the Communists to time in the Gulag. As a gesture of goodwill the Soviet Premier played Laurence Olivier gives him his release. Quinn and Olivier also have a history of their own, Olivier was the KGB official who interrogated Quinn back in the day and we know what their interrogation methods were like.

Upon reaching the Vatican, the Pope played by John Gielgud makes him a Cardinal. A few months later Gielgud dies and in the conclave to elect a new Pope, it's decided that Cardinal Quinn has some insight into an unbelieving part of the word that no one else possesses. So Quinn steps into The Shoes of the Fisherman.

So we have the first non-Italian Pope in 400 years as we shortly did in real life. Quinn inherits a world in crisis with China suffering from famine and threatening war against its neighbors to obtain food.

I can't reveal what Quinn actually did in the film, but it seems as though he took his cue from Pope Benedict XV who also tried to use his good office to end World War I and also organized relief efforts. In any event, he put it all on the line and I do mean all.

Tony Quinn and Laurence Olivier had a history of their own. They co-starred on Broadway in Becket with Olivier as Becket and Quinn as Henry II. Though there sure wasn't anything wrong with the film adaption that Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole did, it might have been nice to see the original cast perform this.

In fact my favorite in this film is Olivier. With the Soviet Union now broken up we can look back now and see the problems confronting each Soviet premier as they tried to hold their polyglot state of several republics together. Olivier's Kamenev is in the tradition of Leonid Brezhnev who was in charge at the time of the Soviet Union. It's with complete seriousness that the actor playing the Chinese premier calls him half a capitalist already. Of course when Mao died, the Chinese have become more than half capitalist themselves.

Others in the cast of note are Oskar Werner as a non-conforming Jesuit who espouses some heretical doctrine who Quinn finds intriguing and Leo McKern and Vittorio DeSica as a pair of politically astute Cardinals.

Good location shooting nicely blended with newsreel footage of crowd scenes give the film a real authenticity. I think Catholic viewers will like Shoes of the Fisherman especially.

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