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 »
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
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Just the first half of this movie is inspiring and movie and the performance of Elwes and Voight (Thus Far with his small part in the first half) are beautiful and worthy of an Emmy. I was a little concerned when I first saw Elwes as the young Cardnial he has always been the Dred Pirate Roberts/Dear Wesley to me (Sorry Cary didn't mean to type cast you) but after watching his performance it really legitimizes his acting for me. As far as Voight goes from the moment I saw him dressed in the papal robes I knew his performance would be spectacular. I should have waited until I saw the entire mini-series before posting a review but I couldn't help it because the first part was SO good I needed to share it in case someone is looking at the reviews to decide if they should watch the second half or not. I really think the two parts can be stand alone as they stopped the first part in the middle of the 2nd conclave so if you haven't watched the first part you can still pick up on the 2nd although the 1st really shows why JPII had the resolve he had. I can't wait to watch the conclusion.
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