The Shoes of the Fisherman ()

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After spending decades in a Siberian Gulag labor camp, Roman Catholic priest Kiril Lakota is set free by Russian leader Piotr Ilyich Kamenev at the height of the Cold War.

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Archbishop Kiril Pavlovich Lakota
Premier Piotr Ilyich Kamenev (as Sir Laurence Olivier)
Fr. David Telemond
George Faber
Cardinal Rinaldi
Cardinal Leone
The Elder Pope (as Sir John Gielgud)
Dr. Ruth Faber
Chiara (as Rosemarie Dexter)
Igor Bounin
Chairman Peng
Gelasio (as Arnoldo Foa')
Gorshenin (creditOnly)
Tovarich Vucovich
Capuchin Monk
Cardinal Rahamani
The Marchesa
Gerald Harper ...
Dying Man's Friend
English Cardinal
Arthur Howard ...
English Cardinal
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Inna Alexeievna ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Silvana Bacci ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Arnaldo Caivano ...
Dying Man (uncredited)
American Cardinal (uncredited)
Soldier Releasing Lakota (uncredited)
Lex Monson ...
Third African Priest (uncredited)
Dom Moor ...
Polish Cardinal (uncredited)
Antonio Proietti ...
Cardinal (uncredited)
Alfred Thomas ...
African Cardinal (uncredited)

Directed by

Michael Anderson

Written by

John Patrick ... (screenplay) and
James Kennaway ... (screenplay)
Morris West ... (novel) (as Morris L. West)

Produced by

George Englund ... producer

Music by

Alex North

Cinematography by

Erwin Hillier ... director of photography

Editing by

Ernest Walter

Editorial Department

Alessandro Lucidi ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

Edward C. Carfagno ... (as Edward Carfagno)
George W. Davis

Set Decoration by

Dorcy Howard ... (uncredited)
Hugh Hunt ... (uncredited)

Costume Design by

Orietta Nasalli-Rocca

Makeup Department

Giancarlo Del Brocco ... key makeup artist
Amato Garbini ... makeup artist

Production Management

Stanley Goldsmith ... production manager
Frederick Muller ... unit production manager (as Fritz Mueller)
Danilo Sabatini ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Tony Brandt ... assistant director

Art Department

Jaroslav Gebr ... featured murals and paintings (uncredited)
Tom Jung ... poster designer (uncredited)
Italo Tomassi ... scenic artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

Kurt Doubrowsky ... sound mixer (as Kurt Doubravsky)
Franklin Milton ... recording supervisor

Camera and Electrical Department

Ernest Day ... camera operator: second unit (as Ernie Day)
Raffaele Marino ... gaffer (as Raf Marino)
Cristo Verrillo ... electrician
David Cadwallader ... grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

Isa Bartalini ... Casting Italy

Music Department

Robert Armbruster ... conductor (uncredited)
Robert Bain ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Harry Bluestone ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Dennis Budimir ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Larry Bunker ... musician: drums (uncredited)
Carl Fortina ... musician: accordion (uncredited)
Arthur L. Frantz ... musician-french horn (uncredited)
Caesar Giovannini ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Artie Kane ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Carol Kaye ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Michael Lang ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Samuel Matlovsky ... conductor (uncredited)
Alex North ... conductor (uncredited)
Jack Preisner ... musician: accordion (uncredited)
Uan Rasey ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten ... musician (uncredited)
David Tamkin ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Louise Di Tullio ... musician: flute (uncredited)
Raymond Turner ... musician: piano (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Margaret Roy Anderson ... dialogue coach
Antonio Petrucci ... technical advisor (as Dott. Antonio Petrucci)
Adone Terzariol ... technical advisor (as Monsignor Adone Terzariol)
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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Les souliers de Saint-Pierre (France)
  • Las sandalias del pescador (Spain)
  • Die vierte Macht (West Germany)
  • Fiskarens skor (Sweden)
  • Fiskerens sko (Denmark)
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  • 162 min
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Trivia In the scene where Pope Kiril I (Anthony Quinn) prays over the body of the Jewish man, he recites the Shema. However, rather than say "Adonai," he says, "Hashem." This is because "Adonai" is traditionally only said when one is actually at prayer, and not simply reciting a prayer in a secular context, as in during a performance (specifically, in a movie). See more »
Goofs TV reporter George Faber (David Janssen) reacts with surprise when Lakota appears on the balcony after his election and declares, "It's Lakota. They've elected a Russian pope." But the identity of a new pope is always announced from the balcony before his first appearance as pontiff. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968). See more »
Quotes George Faber: Were you permitted to practice your ministry as a priest?
Kiril Lakota: No, I - I practiced it without permission among my fellow prisoners.
George Faber: Do you see any hope then for the day when Christian faith, or more specifically the Roman Catholic faith, may be practiced freely in Marxist countries?
Kiril Lakota: I have no inside information as to how the Kingdom of God is going to be established.
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