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Portrait: A Man Whose Name Was John (1973)

During World War II, Archbishop Angelo Roncalli attempts to save Jews in Italy from Nazi exterminators.


Buzz Kulik


John McGreevey
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »


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Cast overview:
Raymond Burr ... Angelo Roncalli, Pope John XXIII
Don Galloway ... Monsignor Thomas Ryan
David Opatoshu ... Rabbi Isaac Herzog
John Colicos ... Numan Menemengioglu
Henry Darrow ... Calheiros de Menezes
Eric Braeden ... Col. Gunter Kroll
Scott Hylands ... Captain Melech Ben Zvi
Aliza Gur ... Rachel Friedman (as Alizia Gur)
Gil Anav Gil Anav ... Joseph Kahn
Penny Santon Penny Santon ... Maria Roncalli
Peter von Zerneck Peter von Zerneck ... Ambassador Franz Von Pappen
Diana Ferziger Diana Ferziger ... Marta
Clete Roberts ... Clete Roberts


During World War II, Archbishop Angelo Roncalli attempts to save Jews in Italy from Nazi exterminators.

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Biography | Drama







Release Date:

22 April 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'homme qui s'appelait Jean See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Blessed Papacy
22 August 2004 | by liliebudSee all my reviews

Aside from Roncalli, who was the dearest, so many priests and bishops scarified to help oppose the Nazi. We must remember that to defeat them the entire world was required to do battle: USA, GB, Australia, Canada, France, and even, yes, Russia. Why, then, and how could one lone little Italian, Pope Pius XII, in a sane mind have been 'braver' than he was? His l937 ex cathedra, Mit Brennender Sorge, explicitly states that what was going on in Germany was "pagan cult". Pius XII knew that to 'cop an attitude' with Hitler would have resulted in extreme reprisals against German and all other Catholics; he could offer his life, but what of the guy in the street? He was not cowardly.

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