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Pope John Paul II 

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 ... See full summary »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Christopher Lee ...  Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski 2 episodes, 2005
Ben Gazzara ...  Cardinal Agostino Casaroli 2 episodes, 2005
Daniele Pecci Daniele Pecci ...  Roman 2 episodes, 2005
Vittoria Belvedere ...  Eva 2 episodes, 2005
Giuliano Gemma ...  Navarro Valls 2 episodes, 2005
Ettore Bassi Ettore Bassi ...  Gapa 2 episodes, 2005
Wenanty Nosul ...  Stanislaw Dziwisz 2 episodes, 2005
Stefano Molinari ...  SS Officer 2 episodes, 2005
Valeria Cavalli ...  Teresa 2 episodes, 2005
Bartosz Glogowski Bartosz Glogowski ...  SS Officer 2 episodes, 2005
Chiara Conti Chiara Conti ...  Anna 2 episodes, 2005
Alessandro Demcenko ...  First Young Doctor 2 episodes, 2005
Bianca Nappi Bianca Nappi ...  Vittoria 2 episodes, 2005
Giulietta Revel ...  Halina 2 episodes, 2005
Giovanna Nodari Giovanna Nodari ...  Nurse 2 episodes, 2005
Fabrizio Bucci Fabrizio Bucci ...  Krysztof Zachuta 2 episodes, 2005
Beata Ben Ammar Beata Ben Ammar ...  Beate 2 episodes, 2005
Luca Capuano Luca Capuano ...  Jeep Clerk #1 2 episodes, 2005
Andy Luotto Andy Luotto ...  Homeless Man 2 episodes, 2005
Luca Di Prospero Luca Di Prospero ...  Jeep Clerk #2 2 episodes, 2005
Marcin Kuzminski Marcin Kuzminski ...  Mikal 2 episodes, 2005
Allan Caister Pearce Allan Caister Pearce ...  Neurologist 2 episodes, 2005
Robert Gonera ...  Tadeusz 2 episodes, 2005
Maurizio Di Carmine ...  Older Doctor 2 episodes, 2005
Maciej Marczewski ...  Marek 2 episodes, 2005
Michael Fitzpatrick Michael Fitzpatrick ...  Orthopedic Surgeon 2 episodes, 2005
Krzysztof Pieczynski ...  Czerny 2 episodes, 2005
Stefano Venturi Stefano Venturi ...  Parish Priest 2 episodes, 2005
Christopher Good ...  Cardinal Konig 2 episodes, 2005
Guido Roncalli Guido Roncalli ...  Pope's Doctor 2 episodes, 2005
Michele Alhaique ...  Young Waiter 2 episodes, 2005
Krzysztof Janczar ...  Dobry 2 episodes, 2005
Giampiero Rotoli ...  Second Young Doctor 2 episodes, 2005
Juliusz Chrzastowski ...  Jerzy 2 episodes, 2005
Giorgia Porchetti Giorgia Porchetti ...  Woman 2 episodes, 2005
Carlo Sabatini Carlo Sabatini ...  Master of Ceremonies 2 episodes, 2005
Mariusz Sibiga Mariusz Sibiga ...  Dashkov 2 episodes, 2005
Jean Paul Buana Jean Paul Buana ...  African Journalist 2 episodes, 2005
Jacek Lenartowicz ...  Lech Walesa 2 episodes, 2005
Marcus J. Cotterell Marcus J. Cotterell ...  American Journalist 2 episodes, 2005
Giacomo Piperno Giacomo Piperno ...  Cardinal Felici 2 episodes, 2005
Fabrizio Rogano Fabrizio Rogano ...  British Journalist 2 episodes, 2005
Mikolaj Grabowski Mikolaj Grabowski ...  Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger 2 episodes, 2005
Wlodzimierz Chrenkoff Wlodzimierz Chrenkoff ...  Communist Sec. Officer 2 episodes, 2005
Paolo Paolini Paolo Paolini ...  Cardinal Villot 2 episodes, 2005
Dimitri Tamarov Dimitri Tamarov ...  Elderly Cardinal 2 episodes, 2005
Vanni Corbellini Vanni Corbellini ...  Cynical Journalist 2 episodes, 2005
Sergio Nicolai Sergio Nicolai ...  First Cardinal 2 episodes, 2005
Francis Pardeilhan ...  Engineer 2 episodes, 2005
Luis Molteni ...  Second Cardinal 2 episodes, 2005
Carla Verolo Carla Verolo ...  Eva's Mother 2 episodes, 2005
Roberto Nobile ...  Third Cardinal 2 episodes, 2005
Tadeusz Bradecki ...  Father Kozlowski 2 episodes, 2005
Andrzej Blumenfeld ...  Gierek Edward 2 episodes, 2005
Luca Lombardi Luca Lombardi ...  French Journalist 2 episodes, 2005
Robert Mazurkiewicz Robert Mazurkiewicz ...  Captain 2 episodes, 2005
Edward Zentana Edward Zentana ...  Gestapo Officer 2 episodes, 2005
Pietro Sarubbi ...  José Lopez Portillo 2 episodes, 2005
Zaneta Babik Zaneta Babik ...  Little Girl 2 episodes, 2005
Nicola Pistoia Nicola Pistoia ...  Cardinal De Furstenberg 2 episodes, 2005
Lidia Duda ...  Little Girl's Mother 2 episodes, 2005
Ronald Dudley Grant Ronald Dudley Grant ...  African Cardinal 2 episodes, 2005
Adrian Ochalik Adrian Ochalik ...  Lukash 2 episodes, 2005
Andrzej Zarnecki ...  Prof. Kriek 2 episodes, 2005
Alessandro Zamattio Alessandro Zamattio ...  Gestapo Officer 2 episodes, 2005
Harald Posch ...  Hans Frank 2 episodes, 2005
Mariapia Cassarino Mariapia Cassarino ...  Tyranowski 2 episodes, 2005
Slawomir Sosnierz ...  Older Nun 2 episodes, 2005
Alicja Bienicewicz Alicja Bienicewicz ...  Older Nun 2 episodes, 2005
Ewa Zytkiewicz Ewa Zytkiewicz ...  Andrei Gromyko 2 episodes, 2005
Cyrus Elias Cyrus Elias ...  Polish Man 2 episodes, 2005
Maria Bosco Maria Bosco ...  Sister Lucia 2 episodes, 2005
Dominik Nowak Dominik Nowak ...  Crucitti 2 episodes, 2005
Giulio Base ...  Pope Paul VI 2 episodes, 2005
Michele Gammino ...  Leonid Brezhnev 2 episodes, 2005
Eddie Roberts Eddie Roberts ...  SB Roberts 2 episodes, 2005
Slawomir Zapala ...  Seminarian Wiktor Loga / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Fabrizio Jovine ...  Yuri Andropov 2 episodes, 2005
Elisabetta Tucci Elisabetta Tucci ...  Sister Katerina 2 episodes, 2005
Andrzej Szopa Andrzej Szopa ...  Mikhail Gorbachev 2 episodes, 2005
Claudio Spadaro ...  Soviet Leader 2 episodes, 2005
Bruce McGuire ...  US Embassy Official 2 episodes, 2005
Ennio Tozzi Ennio Tozzi ...  Theatre Director 2 episodes, 2005
Agneska Popkiewicz Agneska Popkiewicz ...  Screaming Woman 2 episodes, 2005
Wojciech Leonowicz Wojciech Leonowicz ...  Edmund 2 episodes, 2005
Krzys Kremieniecki Krzys Kremieniecki ...  Young Boy 12 Yrs Old 2 episodes, 2005
Izabela Kuna ...  Emilia Wojtylowa 2 episodes, 2005
James Cromwell ...  Cardinal Adam Sapieha 2 episodes, 2005
Cary Elwes ...  Young Karol Wojtyla 2 episodes, 2005
Karlos Granada ...  Spanish Journalist 2 episodes, 2005
Jon Voight ...  Karol Wojtyla / ... 2 episodes, 2005
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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 Anonymous

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The faith to inspire millions begins with the power of one.

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Trivia

The character of Roman is based on Jerzy Kluger, a Polish Jew and lifelong friend of Karol Wojtyla. Kluger's close friendship with the pontiff is said to have played a key role in helping strengthen Jewish-Catholic relations and influencing the Vatican to officially recognize the State of Israel. See more »

Goofs

When John Paul gives the Urbi et Orbi blessing after he is elected, there are 16 people standing on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica. But in the following wide shot from St. Peter's Square, only two people can be seen on the balcony. See more »

Alternate Versions

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 »

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The Best Pope John Paul II Movie
8 December 2005 | by broadfootSee all my reviews

2005 has been the "Year of The Pope". There have been three TV movies about John Paul II's life this year. I think this one is the best. The one with Thomas Kreutschmann in the title role was too rushed and it tried to cram Karol Wojtyla's life into only 2 hours. This one goes at a more relaxed pace. Cary Elwes, Jon Voight, Ben Gazzara, James Cromwell, Christopher Lee and the rest of the cast are excellent. Voight adopts a perfect Polish accent when he plays Wojtyla as an older man.

I recommend that all religious teachers throughout the world show this movie to their students, whatever their religion may be. John Paul II reached out to people of all faiths, and he was even the first Pope to welcome a visit by the President of Iran!


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Country:

Italy | Poland | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 2005 (USA) See more »

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$7,863,060
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Runtime:

| (theatrical) | (2 parts) | (4 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color (Augustus)

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1.85 : 1
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