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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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Awards:
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Wonderful TV movie of the formation and life of John Paul II. See more (20 total) »

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
Giancarlo Del Brocco .... key makeup artist
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
David Courtice .... dvd authoring
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:
Scholars at the Vatican provided network writers at CBS with script consultations before work on the film began.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When John Paul gives the Urbi et Orbi blessing after he is elected, there are 16 people standing on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica. But in the following wide shot from St. Peter's Square, only two people can be seen on the balcony.See more »

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23 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful TV movie of the formation and life of John Paul II., 7 December 2005
Author: TxMike from Houston, Tx, USA, Earth

The first half of this TV movie, "Pope John Paul II", was shown on Sunday last. The second part was shown tonight. Certainly Roman Catholics everywhere were interested, but also anyone of any Faith, and even many who don't profess a Faith, I hope found this story fascination. The story of a simple man who found love in his heart and lived a life to help spread that love among all.

Cary Elwes is very believable as the young adult Karol Wojtyla growing up in Poland during the advances of Nazi Germany. He was strongly influenced by his father and the priests and bishops he came in contact with. He was interested in drama, in education, in sports, and had many friends. We see a glimpse of his girlfriend who challenged him to tell her what he wanted out of life, hoping that he would want to become her husband, and father of their children. But the challenges of the times forbid his going in that direction, and later as history has witnessed, he became a priest, studying in secret, in defiance of the German regulations, to fulfill his calling.

The first half ends in the midst of the Conclave of Cardinals to elect a new pope, and young Cardinal Karol is being considered, much to his surprise.

The second half opened where the first left off, and as we know Karol Wojtyla indeed became the new Pope, John Paul II. Cinematically the transition from Elwes to Voight was also a good one. As good as Elwes was as the young adult Wojtyla, Voight was even better, as we would expect from such a seasoned actor. (It may have helped that, as a young man, Voight was educated at Catholic University.)

The whole movie is extremely well done, and shows what a great man and a great spiritual leader Karol Wojtyla became. And, even though we knew they were actors in this movie, the final hours of John Paul II were very touching.

I definitely plan to buy this one once the DVD is out.

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