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The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968)

G | | Drama | 14 November 1968 (USA)
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Ukrainian Archbishop Kiril Lakota is set free after twenty years as a political prisoner in Siberia. He is brought to Rome by Father David Telemond, a troubled young priest who befriends ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Anderson

Writers:

John Patrick (screenplay), James Kennaway (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Quinn ... Archbishop Kiril Pavlovich Lakota
Laurence Olivier ... Premier Piotr Ilyich Kamenev (as Sir Laurence Olivier)
Oskar Werner ... Fr. David Telemond
David Janssen ... George Faber
Vittorio De Sica ... Cardinal Rinaldi
Leo McKern ... Cardinal Leone
John Gielgud ... The Elder Pope (as Sir John Gielgud)
Barbara Jefford ... Dr. Ruth Faber
Rosemary Dexter ... Chiara (as Rosemarie Dexter)
Frank Finlay ... Igor Bounin
Burt Kwouk ... Chairman Peng
Arnoldo Foà ... Gelasio (as Arnoldo Foa')
Paul Rogers ... Augustinian
George Pravda ... Gorshenin (credit only)
Clive Revill ... Tovarich Vucovich
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Storyline

Ukrainian Archbishop Kiril Lakota is set free after twenty years as a political prisoner in Siberia. He is brought to Rome by Father David Telemond, a troubled young priest who befriends him. Once at the Vatican, he is immediately given an audience with the Pope, who elevates him to Cardinal Priest. The world is on the brink of war due to a Chinese-Soviet feud made worse by a famine caused by trade restrictions brought against China by the U.S. When the Pontiff suddenly dies, Lakota's genuine character and unique life experience move the College of Cardinals to elect him as the new Pope. But Pope Kiril I must now deal with his own self-doubt, the struggle of his friend Father Telemond, who is under scrutiny for his beliefs, and find a solution to the crisis in China.

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In a last desperate effort to prevent World War III, one man is chosen to succeed where all the world's leaders have failed. That man was once a prisoner in a Russian labor camp. He is now the Pope. See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin | Hebrew

Release Date:

14 November 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Sandálias do Pescador See more »

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

MGM had wanted Anthony Asquith to direct after the huge hit he had had for the studio with The V.I.P.s (1963), but he fell ill and was replaced by Michael Anderson. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Faber starts to place her dying patient's arm under the bed sheets, he reaches under the covers by himself. See more »

Quotes

Kiril Lakota: You know, David, for many men belief is a place to crawl for safety. Of course, they will fear and accuse. Your writings are a danger to their safety.
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Referenced in MGM: When the Lion Roars: The Lion in Winter (1992) See more »

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Beautiful Film
21 November 2006 | by spanishflea50See all my reviews

I think this film is absolutely wonderful and a very noble piece of film. The film shows the details of the Catholic conclave with an accuracy rarely seen in novels let alone films. The ceremonial elements are very well observed and very nicely shot, the transfer on the DVD is also very good. Apart from that the story is also very intelligent and touching. I like the fact that the faith of Father Tallymond and Pope Kiryl are discussed in such detail and I finished the film feeling very moved. However I would give the film 8 out of 10 because of two caveats. Firstly the story of the American TV reporter's love triangle which is already a bit underdeveloped in the book is rendered completely pointless here as he has virtually no impact on the rest of the story. This might be excusable if it were well done but it is very stilted and in my opinion is the only bit that seriously dates the film. Also the film is a little long and could probably be pruned of this storyline without much difficulty. My only other caveat is that if you aren't interested in religion, theology or philosophy there isn't really a lot going on in the film. this is not a criticism for me but just a warning.


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