Pope John Paul II (2005)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  4 December 2005 (USA)
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Following the premature death of his mother, Karol Wojtyla is brought up by his father in the Polish city of Krakow during the first half of the 20th century. An outstanding student with a ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cardinal Adam Sapieha
Daniele Pecci ...
Vittoria Belvedere ...
Giuliano Gemma ...
Navarro Valls
Ettore Bassi ...
Wenanty Nosul ...
Stefano Molinari ...
SS Officer
Valéria Cavalli ...
Bartosz Glogowski ...
SS Officer
Chiara Conti ...
First Young Doctor (as Alesandro Demcenko)


Following the premature death of his mother, Karol Wojtyla is brought up by his father in the Polish city of Krakow during the first half of the 20th century. An outstanding student with a magnetic personality, he dreams of becoming an actor. When his homeland is invaded by the Nazis in 1939, he and his friends secretly oppose the systematic persecution of their Polish culture. But, with the death of his father and the lacerating solitude which accompanies this loss, Karol's personal "resistance" takes on a new form and he decides to follow a priestly vocation. At the end of the war, Poland falls into the grip of Soviet totalitarianism. The newly ordained Karol is constantly surrounded by young people whom he teaches to safeguard and defend human dignity. He could be considered a serious threat to the regime, but the Communist authorities merely see him as an innocuous intellectual and even encourage his nomination for the position of bishop. Karol Wojtila is the youngest bishop in ... Written by Anonymous

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A Vida de João Paulo II  »

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| (theatrical) | (2 parts) | (4 episodes)

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Ian Holm was originally cast for the role of Pope John Paul II but left for personal reasons. See more »


When the newly-elected Pope John Paul II is changing into his white papal cassock, the actor playing the pope switches between Cary Elwes and Jon Voight several times between shots (most likely this scene was filmed twice, once with Elwes and once with Voight, and the scenes were then edited together). See more »

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Pope John II TV movie was brilliant and inspiring
5 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was riveted to the television set, watching Cary Elwes' brilliant and beautiful performance as John Paul the Great. It is such a pleasure to see a show on network TV, which seeks to instruct and uplift rather than the usual trash on TV, which demeans and degrades. When Mr. Elwes spoke, I could have sworn it was Wotyla himself. He captured the accent of the late Pope speaking English to the tee. There is no doubt that the late JPII was one of the most important figures of the 20th century. What I find the most appealing in this show, was the ability of Elwes and Voight to capture the warmth of the man. It also demonstrated his political shrewdness as a voice for Polish freedom. I wish there were more shows like this on television. What a breath of fresh air !!!!...10,000,000,000,000 stars !!!

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