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Karol: A Man Who Became Pope (2005)

Karol, un uomo diventato Papa (original title)
The life of the pope John-Paul II, from his youth as a writer, actor, and athlete in war-torn occupied Poland to his election as Pope at the age of 58.

Director:

Giacomo Battiato

Writers:

Giacomo Battiato (screenplay), Gianfranco Svidercoschi (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Piotr Adamczyk ... Karol Wojtyla
Malgorzata Bela ... Hanna Tuszynska
Ken Duken ... Adam Zielinski
Hristo Shopov ... Julian Kordek
Ennio Fantastichini Ennio Fantastichini ... Maciej Nowak
Violante Placido ... Maria Pomorska
Matt Craven ... Hans Frank
Olgierd Lukaszewicz ... Karol Wojtyla senior - Karol's father
Lech Mackiewicz ... Stefan Wyszynski
Radoslaw Pazura ... Pawel Kowalski
Grazyna Szapolowska ... Brigitte Frank
Kenneth Welsh ... Professor Wójcik
Raoul Bova ... Tomasz Zaleski
Szymon Bobrowski ... Captain Macke
Mateusz Damiecki ... Wiktor Milosz
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The life of the pope John-Paul II, from his youth as a writer, actor, and athlete in war-torn occupied Poland to his election as Pope at the age of 58.

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Biography | Drama

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Trivia

John Paul's life and papacy has been compared to that of the fictional pope in the novel "The Shoes of the Fisherman" by Morris West. Both men were from a Slavic nation, Ukraine in the book, Poland in real life. Both were among the younger cardinals. Both were elected after a deadlock over two Italian cardinals. The election of both was a shock to the world. Both were the first Slavic pope. Both the first non-Italian pope in 500 years. Both preached the message "Don't be afraid". John Paul's birth name Was 'Karol'. The Pope in the book was named 'Kiril'. The book was published in 1963, 15 years before John Paul's election. See more »

Quotes

Professor Wójcik: You pay for freedom with your whole being, that is why you will call freedom that which while paying for it helps you to know and control yourself over and over.
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Connections

Referenced in Och, Karol 2 (2011) See more »

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A beautiful recounting of the life of a saint
16 May 2005 | by miamishoovesSee all my reviews

I will buy this movie for my collection. Excellent special effects. Movie portrayals of all characters in this historic recounting of the life of the future Pope. No heroics, just a straight forward telling of an amazing story. A joint production, it is basic, and raw, without the polish of Hollywood. I was moved by this story. Some of the child actors were a bit "overdone" but the main characters played their roles well, and honestly. They involvement of the Polish and Italian filmmakers has ensured that this movie remained accurate, but not maudlin. Seeing this story makes me realize what a truly great man John Paul was.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Poland | Italy

Language:

English | Italian | Polish

Release Date:

15 August 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Karol: A Man Who Became Pope See more »

Filming Locations:

Dobczyce, Malopolskie, Poland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR10,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,367,476
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Taodue Film See more »
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Runtime:

(theatrical) | (2 parts) (TV) |

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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