Following the premature death of his mother, Karol Wojtyla is brought up by his father in the Polish city of Krakow during the first half of the 20th century. An outstanding student with a ...
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Following the premature death of his mother, Karol Wojtyla is brought up by his father in the Polish city of Krakow during the first half of the 20th century. An outstanding student with a magnetic personality, he dreams of becoming an actor. When his homeland is invaded by the Nazis in 1939, he and his friends secretly oppose the systematic persecution of their Polish culture. But, with the death of his father and the lacerating solitude which accompanies this loss, Karol's personal "resistance" takes on a new form and he decides to follow a priestly vocation. At the end of the war, Poland falls into the grip of Soviet totalitarianism. The newly ordained Karol is constantly surrounded by young people whom he teaches to safeguard and defend human dignity. He could be considered a serious threat to the regime, but the Communist authorities merely see him as an innocuous intellectual and even encourage his nomination for the position of bishop. Karol Wojtila is the youngest bishop in ...Written by
Sir Ian Holm was originally cast for the role of Pope John Paul II, but left for personal reasons. See more »
When the newly-elected Pope John Paul II is changing into his white papal cassock, the actor playing the pope switches between Cary Elwes and Jon Voight several times between shots (most likely this scene was filmed twice, once with Elwes and once with Voight, and the scenes were then edited together). See more »
The theatrical version of the movie shown in Polish cinemas in 2006 is 60 minutes shorter than the original television cut and is not divided into two parts. The dialogs are dubbed by some popular Polish actors and all opening and final credits are printed in Polish. The final credits are accompanied with a song performed by Polish highlanders during John Paul II's visit to Zakopane in 1997. See more »
Mini series brings an even more human feel to this man!
What a wonderful story! Cary Elwes plays the Pope from his early adulthood until his acceptance of being voted in by his fellow Cardinals to the Papalcy. Elwes does an incredible job and his acting is flawless and natural.
Jon Voigt simply deserves an award for his portrayal of the Pope... sometimes it was eerie watching his mannerisms and reactions to historically known situations. He had a quiet grace and dignity about him that was also seen with the late Pope! If you missed this story on TV, I would highly recommend you order the DVD, or try and catch it on a repeat! This telling of Pope John Paul II's life is sweet and respectful and at the same time explains why he took the path he did. I'm not a Catholic, nor do I know anything about the religion, but this story is incredible and I enjoyed every minute of it!
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