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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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Release Date:
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 »
NewsDesk:
(4 articles)
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User Reviews:
Lavish, sincere, not always convincing but still engaging epic See more (44 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)
 
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:
Reference is made to Kiril being the first non-Italian pope to be elected since Adrian VI 400 years earlier. In real life, this happened 10 years after this film was released with the election of Pope John Paul II.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:
The Elder Pope:There is a legend about you. That once you were asked to deny the faith, and they tied up seven priests and shot them, shot them before your eyes. And still you would not deny the faith. Is that story true?
Kiril Lakota:I try not to look back on that, or other days, Holiness.
The Elder Pope:God is with you, my Brother. I believe that God has sent you. Trust us to make the best use of you. But first, you must be honored.
[Hold up the red cap of a cardinal]
The Elder Pope:Kneel.
[Lakota kneels]
The Elder Pope:You are created cardinal-priest in the title of Saint Athanasius.
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Lavish, sincere, not always convincing but still engaging epic, 29 August 2006
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

As Pope operas go, The Shoes of the Fisherman is pretty enjoyable. Dated but shot on a lavish scale in the days when doorstop novels were turned into star-studded epics rather than TV miniseries, it skirts close to guilty pleasure territory without ever providing any unintentional laughs as Anthony Quinn's political prisoner is freed to act as a mediator between the Church and Russia only to find himself elected Pope. Laurence Olivier delivers the bacon as the Russian premier in one of the first of his hammy blockbuster supporting turns he took to supplement his meagre £150 a week salary at the National Theatre, with John Gielgud turning up for one scene as an ailing pontiff while Oskar Werner, Leo McKern and Vittorio De Sica get the more substantial roles. Too much screen time is wasted on David Jansenn and Barbara Jefford's marital problems, an irrelevant subplot that simply gets discarded entirely in the last third, and the political crisis in the background with a starving China threatening world war isn't entirely convincing. Yet there is some substance there even if the politics, both theological and secular, are somewhat confused - how many roadshow pictures feature a philosopher-priest (Werner) under investigation for developing the theories of Teillhard de Chardin? There's even one surprisingly touching scene between Leo McKern and Quinn near the end of the film about loneliness, and Alex North's grandiose score, incorporating as its main theme part of his rejected score for 2001, is quite magnificent. And if you've ever wanted to see Zorba the Pope reciting the Shema Yisrael, this is the movie for you.

It's just a shame that the recent DVD runs into synch problems in the last third and that the making-of featurette has been cropped from 1.33:1 to 1.85:1, meaning that the extracts from the film in it are cropped both horizontally and vertically!

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