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The Good Pope: Pope John XXIII (2003)

Il papa buono (original title)
Angelo Roncalli, born in Sotto Il Monte in 1881, is known for his profound spirituality as well as his extraordinary goodness from the young years of his life. When he feels a need to serve... See full summary »


Ricky Tognazzi


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Hoskins ... Angelo Roncalli / Pope John XXIII
Carlo Cecchi Carlo Cecchi ... Cardinal Mattia Carcano
Roberto Citran ... Monsignor Loris Capovilla
Fabrizio Vidale Fabrizio Vidale ... Angelo Roncalli (young)
Sergio Bini Bustric Sergio Bini Bustric ... Guido Gusso (as Sergio Bustric)
Francesco Venditti Francesco Venditti ... Nicola Catania (young)
Rolando Ravello Rolando Ravello ... Cannava
John Light ... Mattia Carcano (young)
Francesco Carnelutti Francesco Carnelutti ... Nicola Catania
Lena Lessing Lena Lessing ... Marta Von Papen
Enzo Robutti
Gianluca Ramazzotti Gianluca Ramazzotti
Alessandra Muccioli Alessandra Muccioli
Renato Cortesi Renato Cortesi
Remo Remotti Remo Remotti


Angelo Roncalli, born in Sotto Il Monte in 1881, is known for his profound spirituality as well as his extraordinary goodness from the young years of his life. When he feels a need to serve God, Angelo goes to study theology in Bergamo, and in Apollinare School (Rome) and becomes a priest. During his studies, he gets to know his two dearest friends, Mattia and Nicola. Very soon, most people see marvelous talents in him, including his wide knowledge and a constant readiness for sacrifice. The Holy See makes him go further to bishop and cardinal, and the Holy Father sends him to various places as a representative of the Church. When Pius XII dies on October, the 9th, 1958, 77 year-old Angelo goes to Rome, to conclave to choose a new pope. However, this time, it is him who hears gentle words of Jesus "Tu es Petrus!" ("You are Peter!") and from October, the 28th leads the church as Pope John XXIII. Written by Anonymous

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Italian | English

Release Date:

28 January 2003 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Good Pope: Pope John XXIII See more »

Filming Locations:

Bergamo, Lombardia, Italy See more »

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1.33 : 1
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14 February 2017 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

it is a special film. or, more precise, the merited portrait/homage of/to a great leader of Romano-Catholic Church.a film about a simple man, Angelo Roncalli. about his work and his message, his generosity and his battles, his science to live and to serve and to be just an ordinary Christian in the middle of challenges. a man of a subtle and precise form of courage - to be himself. to build a stronger Church. to lead as a spiritual shipper and not as the classic pope. it is fair and easy to say Bob Hoskins did a good job. in fact, it does a magnificent one because , like a great artist, he gives to each side of John XXIII the right light. a film about a simple man. honest, beautiful and useful, touching and real, real special.

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