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Writers (WGA):
John Kent Harrison (teleplay)
Francesco Contaldo (earlier teleplay)
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Release Date:
4 December 2005 (USA) See more »
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The faith to inspire millions begins with the power of one.
Plot:
Following the premature death of his mother, Karol Wojtyla is brought up by his father in the Polish... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Jon Voight ... Pope John Paul II / Karol Wojtyla

Cary Elwes ... Young Karol Wojtyla

James Cromwell ... Cardinal Adam Sapieha

Christopher Lee ... Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski

Ben Gazzara ... Cardinal Agostino Casaroli
Daniele Pecci ... Roman
Vittoria Belvedere ... Eva
Giuliano Gemma ... Navarro Valls
Ettore Bassi ... Gapa
Wenanty Nosul ... Stanislaw Dziwisz
Stefano Molinari ... SS Officer
Valeria Cavalli ... Teresa
Bartosz Glogowski ... SS Officer
Chiara Conti ... Anna
Bianca Nappi ... Vittoria

Giulietta Revel ... Halina
Giovanna Nodari ... Nurse
Fabrizio Bucci ... Krysztof Zachuta

Alessandro Demcenko ... First Young Doctor (as Alesandro Demcenko)

Beata Ben Ammar ... Beate
Luca Capuano ... Jeep Clerk #1
Andy Luotto ... Homeless Man
Luca Di Prospero ... Jeep Clerk #2
Marcin Kuzminski ... Mikal
Allan Caister ... Neurologist
Robert Gonera ... Tadeusz
Maurizio Di Carmine ... Older Doctor
Maciej Marczewski ... Marek
Michael Fitzpatrick ... Orthopedic Surgeon
Krzysztof Pieczynski ... Czerny
Stefano Venturi ... Parish Priest
Christopher Good ... Cardinal Konig
Guido Roncalli ... Pope's Doctor
Michele Alhaique ... Young Waiter (as Michelle Alhaique)
Krzysztof Janczar ... Dobry

Giampiero Rotoli ... Second Young Doctor
Juliusz Chrzastowski ... Jerzy
Giorgia Porchetti ... Woman
Carlo Sabatini ... Master of Ceremonies
Mariusz Sibiga ... Dashkov (as Marcin Sibiga)
Jean Paul Buana ... African Journalist
Jacek Lenartowicz ... Lech Walesa
Marcus J. Cotterell ... American Journalist
Giacomo Piperno ... Cardinal Felici
Fabrizio Rogano ... British Journalist
Mikolaj Grabowski ... Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
Wlodzimierz Chrenkoff ... Communist Sec. Officer
Paolo Paolini ... Cardinal Villot
Dimitri Tamarov ... Elderly Cardinal
Vanni Corbellini ... Cynical Journalist
Sergio Nicolai ... First Cardinal

Francis Pardeilhan ... Engineer
Luis Molteni ... Second Cardinal
Carla Verolo ... Eva's Mother
Roberto Nobile ... Third Cardinal
Tadeusz Bradecki ... Father Kozlowski
Andrzej Blumenfeld ... Gierek Edward
Luca Lombardi ... French Journalist
Robert Mazurkiewicz ... Captain
Edward Zentana ... Gestapo Officer
Pietro Sarubbi ... José Lopez Portillo
Zaneta Babik ... Little Girl
Nicola Pistoia ... Cardinal De Furstenberg
Lidia Duda ... Little Girl's Mother
Ronald Dudley Grant ... African Cardinal
Adrian Ochalik ... Lukash
Andrzej Zarnecki ... Prof. Kriek (as Adrzej Zarnechi)
Alessandro Zamattio ... Gestapo Officer

Harald Posch ... Hans Frank
Mariapia Cassarino ... Tyranowski
Slawomir Sosnierz ... Older Nun
Alicja Bienicewicz ... Older Nun (as Alicia Bienicewicz)
Ewa Zytkiewicz ... Andrei Gromyko
Cyrus Elias ... Polish Man
Maria Bosco ... Sister Lucia
Dominik Nowak ... Crucitti

Giulio Base ... Pope Paul VI
Michele Gammino ... Leonid Brezhnev
Eddie Roberts ... SB Roberts
Slawomir Zapala ... Seminarian Wiktor Loga / Sharczwoeski
Fabrizio Jovine ... Yuri Andropov
Elisabetta Tucci ... Sister Katerina
Andrzej Szopa ... Mikhail Gorbachev
Claudio Spadaro ... Soviet Leader
Bruce McGuire ... US Embassy Official
Ennio Tozzi ... Theatre Director
Agneska Popkiewicz ... Screaming Woman
Wojciech Leonowicz ... Edmund (as Wojciech Leonowocz)
Krzys Kremieniecki ... Young Boy 12 Yrs Old
Izabela Kuna ... Emilia Wojtylowa
Klara Bielawka ... Younger Nun
Ryszard Radwanski ... Gomulka
Valentina Capone ... Second Nurse
Maciej Kepika ... Young Karol 12 Yrs Old
Zygmunt Jozetczak ... Bishop Baziak

Marc Fiorini ... Professor La Pira (as Mark Fiorini)
Pierpaolo Lovino ... Ambulance Driver
Paula Carboni ... Sister Tobiana

David Traylor ... First Worker (as David Zed)
Marta Król ... Danuta (as Marta Krol)
Raffaela Latagiata ... Second Worker
Gabriella Barbuti ... Roman's Wife

Romuald Andrzej Klos ... Third Worker (as Romuald Klos)
Daniele Petruccioli ... Thomas

Andrea Bosca ... Guard
Michal Dworczyk ... Anna's Boyfriend (Piotr)
Wojciech Kowman ... Sec. Officer Poland (as Wojtek Kowman)
Agnieszka Mandat-Grabka ... Dobry's Wife (as Agnieszka Mandat)
Maciej Malysa ... Young Priest
Pawel Kacprzycki ... First Seminarian (as Pawél Kasprzycki)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maciej Lusnia ... Father Zacher

Ted Rusoff ... Iman of Sarajevo
Massimiliano Ubaldi ... Mehmet Ali Agca
Ben Talar ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
John Kent Harrison 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
John Kent Harrison (teleplay)

Francesco Contaldo (earlier teleplay)

Salvatore Basile (additional material) &
Francesco Arlanch (additional material)

Produced by
Tarak Ben Ammar .... associate producer
Luca Bernabei .... producer
Matilde Bernabei .... executive producer
Marcial Cuquerella .... producer
Stephen Davis .... producer
Chris Grabowski .... co-producer
Slawomir Józwik .... co-producer
Sara Melodia .... creative producer (2005)
Anselmo Parrinello .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Marco Frisina 
 
Cinematography by
Fabrizio Lucci 
 
Film Editing by
Henk Van Eeghen 
 
Casting by
Fabiola Banzi 
Julia Duff 
Katarzyna Janicka 
Molly Lopata 
Cornelia von Braun 
 
Production Design by
Pier Luigi Basile  (as Pierluigi Basile)
 
Set Decoration by
Ettore Guerrieri 
 
Costume Design by
Enrica Biscossi 
 
Makeup Department
Jeff Goodwin .... makeup artist: Jon Voight
Jeff Goodwin .... prosthetics: Jon Voight
Klaudyna Góralska .... makeup artist
Federico Laurenti .... makeup artist
Ryan Nicholson .... prosthetic effects designer
 
Production Management
Manuela Cacciamani .... unit manager
Janusz B. Czech .... production manager
Mirko D'Angeli .... unit manager
Federico Foti .... production manager
Rosario Ranieri .... post-production supervisor
Simona Sciannimanico .... unit manager
Corrado Trionfera .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Inti Carboni .... first assistant director: second unit
Sergio Ercolessi .... first assistant director
Edoardo Ferretti .... second second assistant director
Krzysztof Lukaszewicz .... assistant director
Jan Michelini .... second unit director
Andrea Pagani .... second second assistant director
Barbara Pastrovich .... second assistant director
Julia Popkiewicz .... assistant director
Fiona Spillard .... assistant director
Ewa Wlodarz .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Cristiano Donzelli .... storyboard artist
Roberta Federico .... assistant art director
Emanuele Guerrini .... construction crew
 
Sound Department
Paolo Amici .... sound effects editor
Maurizio Argentieri .... sound
Vladislav Boyadjiev .... ProTools engineer
Andrea Lancia .... sound re-recording mixer
Cecilia Lanzi .... sound assistant
Pontecorvi Lorenzo .... music cutter
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Daniele Quadroli .... sound effects editor
David Quadroli .... sound effects editor
Fabrizio Quadroli .... sound effects editor
Marco Streccioni .... sound engineer
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Dave Tinsley .... supervising sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Tiberio Angeloni .... special effects
Franco Galiano .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
George Bloom .... visual effects supervisor
Lori Freitag-Hild .... digital compositor
James Holt .... Massive artist
Simone Jacoella .... digital compositor
Nicki Kreitzman .... digital compositor
Stefano Marinoni .... visual effects supervisor
Chris Tezber .... visual effects coordinator
Craig Weiss .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Robert Brzezinski Jr. .... stunts
Tomasz Krzemieniecki .... stunts
Jaroslaw Nowikowski .... utility stunts
Claudio Pacifico .... stunt coordinator
Massimiliano Ubaldi .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stefano Lombardo .... loader
Fabio Lucheroni .... electrician
Ernesto Natoli .... camera operator
Flaviano Ricci .... grip
Emanuele Salvatore .... grip
Simone Scarozza .... second assistant camera
Alessandro Signori .... steadicam operator
Marcin Studniarek .... assistant camera
Luciano Teolis .... assistant camera
Massimiliano Trevis .... camera operator: A
Wojtek Trovato .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Fabiola Banzi .... casting: Italy
Katarzyna Janicka .... casting: Poland
Cornelia von Braun .... casting: Germany
 
Editorial Department
Nicola Bonifati .... assistant: editor
Lorenzo Ciccinato .... assistant editor
Fabrizio Donati .... on-line editor
 
Transportation Department
Massimiliano Rocchetti .... transportation captain: Poland
 
Other crew
Barbara Ancarani .... production coordinator
Sabrina Canale .... personal assistant to director
Paulina Czech .... production assistant
Saverio D'Ercole .... story editor
Andrea Grazzani .... location manager
Pierpaolo Marcelli .... footage research supervisor
Paolo Merosi .... extras supervisor
Mario Ruggeri .... story editor
Johanna Silverman .... assistant: Mr. Cromwell
Anna Skuza .... production assistant
Tracy Young .... script supervisor
 

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Runtime:
USA:186 min (including commercials) | Poland:127 min (theatrical version) | Italy:201 min (2 parts) | Poland:171 min (4 episodes)
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Trivia:
Composer Marco Frisina is also a Roman Catholic priest and director of the Pastoral Worship Center at the Vatican. His hymn "Jesus Christ, You Are My Life," frequently sung during World Youth Day celebrations, is featured as a motif in this film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Great watch!, 8 December 2005
Author: povblogmaster-vivificat from United States

Folks, last night I watched the second and last part of CBS's biopic on Pope John Paul the Great, and as far as I'm concerned, of the three papal biopics I've seen this year, this one is the best, and the most faithful to the late Pope's life.

So far, this is the only biopic that has respected the order of events in Pope John Paul's life. There was good attention to detail: the conclave scene is faithful down in terms of place and ceremony. You may clearly see the cardinals' seats in the Sistine Chapel, as well as the three-cardinal committee that counted the ballots, everything, including the cry of "extra omnes" ("everyone out") preceding the start of the election, was authentic. The ABC's biopic that aired last Thursday rendition of the same moment seemed oversimplified and rushed in comparison.

The real strength of the movie lies in its cast. Cary Elwes played the younger Karol Wojtyla in the movie's first part and I have to say that at times, and from certain angles, he closely resembled the young Wojtyla. But the thing I liked the most is that he projected an *inner joy* and peace that was captivating. Wojtyla was no sourpuss and Elwes "got it right." The only thing that appeared inauthentic is that when he portrayed the late pope's quarry days during the Nazi occupation, he too seemed chubby and well-fed as compared to pictures Wojtyla in pictures taken at the time. The Nazi diet in Poland was not the best fare and it showed in Wojtyla even on his first photos as a priest. Apparently, Elwes hesitated to go into a drastic diet to change his looks so drastically for this role. I can't say I blame him.

For John Voight, this was an Emmy-worthy performance. It helped that Voight resembled the Pope physically, sharing the same square, strong jaw as John Paul. The way Voight captured Pope John Paul's accent and baritone voice was at times pretty scary, so much so that I wonder how much of his lines were lip-synced to existing audio tracks of the late Pope. Voight's countenance when he opened the Holy Doors for the Year 2000 Jubilee so uncannily resembled John Paul's that I had to blink a couple of times to ensure that I was watching Voight and not John Paul. Therefore, kudos and congrats go too to CBS's makeup department for such an outstanding job. Maybe there's an Emmy here for them too.

Voight captured John Paul's physical suffering so much so that it was inspiring. I bet that is not easy to capture a face paralyzed by Parkinson's disease, but Voight did it, down to the trickle of saliva off the side of his mouth at the reenactment of the Pope's last public appearance.

Secondary characters: James Cromwell played Cardinal Adam Sapieha, Wojtyla's first mentor and Archbishop of Krakow during WWII. You might remember from roles as the robot developer and inventor in _I, Robot_ and as the warp drive inventor, Zefram Cochrane in _Star Trek: First Contact_. He did well in this movie.

Christopher Lee played Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski of Warsaw, Wojtyla's other mentor. You may remember that Lee played Count Doku in the last two episodes of the _Star Wars_ prequel. That was weird…I feel bad that I've type-casted poor Christopher Lee into a bad guy role for ever and ever.

I also applaud the portrayal of the Pope's "nephews and nieces," his inner circle of friends and spiritual children, from whom Wojtyla learned so much about the human condition. His friendship with "Roman," a Jewish childhood friend was endearing and illustrative of Pope John Paul's big heart—although I have to say that I don't remember "Roman" from any of the bios I've read about John Paul. Maybe "Roman" is a composite character. The name of the Pope's childhood Jewish friend was different in the other two biopics. That leads me to believe that's probably the case.

One bad point: the scene where the Pope was in his open pope mobile cruising St. Peter's Plaza, with the columnata in the background, and the crowd in front of him, on his way to be shot by Mehmet Ali Agca looked fake through and through. The three "layers" were superimposed and they sort of "shook" out of sync with normal movement. It may me dizzy to look at it. Thumbs down to the special effects people.

All-in-all, it was a great production. As soon as I'm able, I'll get me the DVD.

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