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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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Series cast summary:
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 Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Cardinal Agostino Casaroli (2 episodes, 2005)
Daniele Pecci ...
 Roman (2 episodes, 2005)
Vittoria Belvedere ...
 Eva (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Navarro Valls (2 episodes, 2005)
Ettore Bassi ...
 Gapa (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Stanislaw Dziwisz (2 episodes, 2005)
Stefano Molinari ...
 SS Officer (2 episodes, 2005)
Valéria Cavalli ...
 Teresa (2 episodes, 2005)
Bartosz Glogowski ...
 SS Officer (2 episodes, 2005)
Chiara Conti ...
 Anna (2 episodes, 2005)
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 First Young Doctor (2 episodes, 2005)
Bianca Nappi ...
 Vittoria (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Halina (2 episodes, 2005)
Giovanna Nodari ...
 Nurse (2 episodes, 2005)
Fabrizio Bucci ...
 Krysztof Zachuta (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Beate (2 episodes, 2005)
Luca Capuano ...
 Jeep Clerk #1 (2 episodes, 2005)
Andy Luotto ...
 Homeless Man (2 episodes, 2005)
Luca Di Prospero ...
 Jeep Clerk #2 (2 episodes, 2005)
Marcin Kuzminski ...
 Mikal (2 episodes, 2005)
Allan Caister Pearce ...
 Neurologist (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Tadeusz (2 episodes, 2005)
Maurizio Di Carmine ...
 Older Doctor (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Marek (2 episodes, 2005)
Michael Fitzpatrick ...
 Orthopedic Surgeon (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Czerny (2 episodes, 2005)
Stefano Venturi ...
 Parish Priest (2 episodes, 2005)
Christopher Good ...
 Cardinal Konig (2 episodes, 2005)
Guido Roncalli ...
 Pope's Doctor (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Young Waiter (2 episodes, 2005)
Krzysztof Janczar ...
 Dobry (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Second Young Doctor (2 episodes, 2005)
Juliusz Chrzastowski ...
 Jerzy (2 episodes, 2005)
Giorgia Porchetti ...
 Woman (2 episodes, 2005)
Carlo Sabatini ...
 Master of Ceremonies (2 episodes, 2005)
Mariusz Sibiga ...
 Dashkov (2 episodes, 2005)
Jean Paul Buana ...
 African Journalist (2 episodes, 2005)
Jacek Lenartowicz ...
 Lech Walesa (2 episodes, 2005)
Marcus J. Cotterell ...
 American Journalist (2 episodes, 2005)
Giacomo Piperno ...
 Cardinal Felici (2 episodes, 2005)
Fabrizio Rogano ...
 British Journalist (2 episodes, 2005)
Mikolaj Grabowski ...
 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (2 episodes, 2005)
Wlodzimierz Chrenkoff ...
 Communist Sec. Officer (2 episodes, 2005)
Paolo Paolini ...
 Cardinal Villot (2 episodes, 2005)
Dimitri Tamarov ...
 Elderly Cardinal (2 episodes, 2005)
Vanni Corbellini ...
 Cynical Journalist (2 episodes, 2005)
Sergio Nicolai ...
 First Cardinal (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Engineer (2 episodes, 2005)
Luis Molteni ...
 Second Cardinal (2 episodes, 2005)
Carla Verolo ...
 Eva's Mother (2 episodes, 2005)
Roberto Nobile ...
 Third Cardinal (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Father Kozlowski (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Gierek Edward (2 episodes, 2005)
Luca Lombardi ...
 French Journalist (2 episodes, 2005)
Robert Mazurkiewicz ...
 Captain (2 episodes, 2005)
Edward Zentana ...
 Gestapo Officer (2 episodes, 2005)
Pietro Sarubbi ...
 José Lopez Portillo (2 episodes, 2005)
Zaneta Babik ...
 Little Girl (2 episodes, 2005)
Nicola Pistoia ...
 Cardinal De Furstenberg (2 episodes, 2005)
Lidia Duda ...
 Little Girl's Mother (2 episodes, 2005)
Ronald Dudley Grant ...
 African Cardinal (2 episodes, 2005)
Adrian Ochalik ...
 Lukash (2 episodes, 2005)
Andrzej Zarnecki ...
 Prof. Kriek (2 episodes, 2005)
Alessandro Zamattio ...
 Gestapo Officer (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Hans Frank (2 episodes, 2005)
Mariapia Cassarino ...
 Tyranowski (2 episodes, 2005)
Slawomir Sosnierz ...
 Older Nun (2 episodes, 2005)
Alicja Bienicewicz ...
 Older Nun (2 episodes, 2005)
Ewa Zytkiewicz ...
 Andrei Gromyko (2 episodes, 2005)
Cyrus Elias ...
 Polish Man (2 episodes, 2005)
Maria Bosco ...
 Sister Lucia (2 episodes, 2005)
Dominik Nowak ...
 Crucitti (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Pope Paul VI (2 episodes, 2005)
Michele Gammino ...
 Leonid Brezhnev (2 episodes, 2005)
Eddie Roberts ...
 SB Roberts (2 episodes, 2005)
Slawomir Zapala ...
 Seminarian Wiktor Loga / ... (2 episodes, 2005)
Fabrizio Jovine ...
 Yuri Andropov (2 episodes, 2005)
Elisabetta Tucci ...
 Sister Katerina (2 episodes, 2005)
Andrzej Szopa ...
 Mikhail Gorbachev (2 episodes, 2005)
Claudio Spadaro ...
 Soviet Leader (2 episodes, 2005)
Bruce McGuire ...
 US Embassy Official (2 episodes, 2005)
Ennio Tozzi ...
 Theatre Director (2 episodes, 2005)
Agneska Popkiewicz ...
 Screaming Woman (2 episodes, 2005)
Wojciech Leonowicz ...
 Edmund (2 episodes, 2005)
Krzys Kremieniecki ...
 Young Boy 12 Yrs Old (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Emilia Wojtylowa (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Cardinal Adam Sapieha (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Young Karol Wojtyla (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Karol Wojtyla / ... (2 episodes, 2005)
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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 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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4 December 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vida de João Paulo II  »

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Scholars at the Vatican provided network writers at CBS with script consultations before work on the film began. See more »

Goofs

After Wojtyla accepts the papal election, the cardinals rise and applaud. The camera then pans in towards the new Pope. However, if you look closely, it is actually the mirror image shot from the previous conclave, with John Paul I clearly in the middle of it all instead of John Paul II. See more »

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great performances, good TV job
11 March 2006 | by (Warsaw, Poland) – See all my reviews

I dare to think, that my opinion (I am a Pole, coming from Krakow) might be interesting for other watchers of this movie. So here are my remarks.

Polish historical background is shown properly, although movie only marks milestones of Polish history after 2nd World War. Krakow is shown in realistic way, main scenes are shot in REAL historic places f.eg.:

  • Pope 'window' chat on Franciszkanska street




  • Krakow's ghetto 'cleaning' on Pilsudski bridge




  • meeting with Wyszynski in Corpus Christi church's garden




I am under impression of Cary Elwes performance. I always regarded him as a comedy actor. But he shows very good picture of young Wojtyla. On the beginning he is rather 'flat'. But he is getting better getting 'older'. He is in fact very similar to young Wojtyla. Very good job, Cary.

If Cary did good work, Jon Voight have done excellent work. Producers have chosen conclave as the moment of replacing main actor. It is very good idea. Jon Voight perfectly studied mimicry of old Wojtyla, his way of walking (before and after hip operation). He showed us in realistic way growing influence of Parkinson disease. I fully agree he deserves Emmy award. His last public 'dumb' appearance on Vatican window is very touching and memorable picture.

Authors of movie did extremely good research work. Movie quotes several well known memorable pictures of Wojtyla, f. eg:

  • reading a book in canoe - canoe altar mess - making a 'glasses' from


hand by Pope - described above last public appearance

Sometimes (especially when light dimes and Voight is taken from profile) main actor became so similar to Wojtyla, that you might have impression to watch documentary.

Unfortunately special effects are bad. Pictures of crowd (f.eg. Warsaw mass, St Peter Square) are artificial, flying doves are artificial, German airplanes over Krakow are also too artificial. Maybe it is not visible in TV, but it looks really bad in theater.

And finally last remark. This movie is now distributed in polish cinemas (Poland is probably the only country in the world which broadcasts this movie in theaters). I do not know exactly what is the difference between versions shown in USA in TV and 'polish' theatrical version. I can see it is much shorter (127 min) Unfortunately it is also dubbed. I could not hear polish accent of Jon Voight. If I could vote for main actors only my score would be 10/10. But whole movie (although very good as a TV movie) is not perfect for reasons described above. It deserves strong 8.


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