20 user 42 critic

Pope Joan (2009)

Die Päpstin (original title)
A woman of English extraction born in the German city of Ingelheim in the ninth century disguises herself as a man and rises through the Vatican ranks.



(novel), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Pope Joan (1972)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

In medieval Europe, a pious young woman becomes a scholar of theology, disguises herself as a man, rises through the Catholic Church hierarchy and is elected Pope.

Director: Michael Anderson
Stars: Liv Ullmann, Jeremy Kemp, Natasa Nicolescu
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

It's a cruel world. In Neon City, 3 young women (Scorpio's Girls) must fight for the only thing their murdered father Scorpio left them, their body shop. Von Drago, the evil mastermind of ... See full summary »

Directors: John Swider, Joseph Swider
Stars: Jamie Alyson Caudle, Stanley Chauvin, Lyndsey Crow
Action | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A look at Germany's terrorist group, The Red Army Faction (RAF), which organized bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations in the late 1960s and '70s.

Director: Uli Edel
Stars: Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Johanna Wokalek
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The story of Giancarlo Siani, a journalist killed by the Neapolitan Mafia in 1985.

Director: Marco Risi
Stars: Libero De Rienzo, Valentina Lodovini, Michele Riondino
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  
Director: Sönke Wortmann
Stars: Michael Abendroth, Martin Aselmann, Elmira Bahrami
Luther (2003)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

During the early 16th Century idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.

Director: Eric Till
Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, Peter Ustinov
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A documentary on the German national team's World Cup 2006 journey, all the way from boot camp in Sardinia to the 3rd-place play-off.

Director: Sönke Wortmann
Stars: Jürgen Klinsmann, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Lukas Podolski
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments.

Director: Shekhar Kapur
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Geoffrey Rush
Agora (2009)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hope of pursuing freedom while falling in love with his mistress, the famous philosophy and mathematics professor Hypatia of Alexandria.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Stars: Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella, Oscar Isaac
Albert Nobbs (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Albert Nobbs struggles to survive in late 19th-century Ireland, where women aren't encouraged to be independent. Posing as a man so she can work as a butler in Dublin's most elegant hotel, Albert meets a handsome painter and looks to escape the lie she has been living.

Director: Rodrigo García
Stars: Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.

Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Stars: Alicia Vikander, Mads Mikkelsen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Doug, an aspiring country singer, has spent his life as a loser in a non-descript small town with nobody believing in his heartbreaking voice and talent as a musician. His wife has left him... See full summary »

Director: Niall Heery
Stars: Iain Glen, Steven Mackintosh, Stuart Graham


Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Petherbridge ...
Lotte Flack ...
Tigerlily Hutchinson ...
Joan's mother
Richard van Weyden ...


German village Igelheim's backward priest hopes his sons to succeed him after education in the bishop's cathedral school, but the elder succumbs to disease and the youngest lacks any intellectual drive. Traveling teacher Aesculapius arranges for the inquisitive daughter Johanna to be enrolled too, against their father's wishes. Unfit for the boys-only dorm, she gets to stay with count Gerold, incurring his wife's due jealousy. She's to be dismissed, but survives a Viking pillaging slaughter and assumes brother Johannes's identity to join a monastery, where she becomes the infirmary's trainee. Fleeing exposure as female, she arrives in Rome. As a protégée of rivals in the viper nest-like papal court, she ends up elected as pope, but carries count Gerold's baby, guaranteeing exposure. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | Romance


See all certifications »

Parents Guide:




| | |



Release Date:

22 October 2009 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Pope Joan  »

Box Office


€22,000,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:



See  »

Did You Know?


According to Volker Schlöndorff's own statements, he left the director's chair after an argument with the production company Constantin, which wanted to shoot a cinematic feature film version as well as a TV miniseries version at the same time. Schlöndorff disagreed with the terms and left. Franka Potente then left also out of loyalty to the director. See more »


Johanna von Ingelheim: As for strength of will, women can be viewed as superior to man. Eve ate from the apple out of love of knowledge and learning. Adam ate it only because Eve asked him to.
See more »


Version of Pope Joan (1972) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Between Cameron, Wortmann and Cross, War is ending. Zimbardo lives.
17 June 2010 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

This movie is about the indomitable spirit of many of our species regardless of race or sex. It's not about liberal or conservative, it's about right or wrong. Not about girl or boy, but about the abilities of each of us to advance the human cause on this earth. It's not about Buddist, Jew or Christian but about aleivating all the suffering we can. Consider that for one month of the cost of the war in the middle east, every human could have access to clean drinking water. Who knows where the next Einstein or TuTu will come from, surely the potential exists and needs a chance to show itself without the intolerance of prejudice for one of a different color, sex or the distance from your home they come. We have a duty to expand our knowledge and expose all to the light of reason and in that we have no fear. This movie is a gift to parents and adults that want to find the ways to help all. Ignorance is not bliss, the scene about the mustard seed is worth the price of this great movie. Allegory is when your teacher thanks you. Thank you mother.

Wokalek and Flack are superb and a joy. John Goodman is like your pastor or priest and as amiable as I imagine JohnPaul II. Petherbridge as Aesculapius is exactly my image of Hesse's Magister Ludi and Wenham, a developing Chomsky, could of evolved into a Smedly Butler! For those in power this could be a great mini-series for all involved, IMHO. Villains don't get a mention, sry Iain and AT. m.

17 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
As a Catholic, I LOVED this book and Catholics need to CHILL OUT hsullivan
This movie is 10 stars! Do not believe the bad rating. m3w
Anti-Catholic bias is tolerated pbca1
Does This Sound Like An Anti-Catholic Bigot To You? vardamansfish
First pics lady-faramir
An article about Pope Joan frcoulter
Discuss Pope Joan (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: