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Pope John Paul II (1984)

Bio-drama tracing the life and career of Polish cardinal Karol Wojtyla from his days as a young activist in Poland, to his rise and installation in 1978 as Pope of the Catholic Church.

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Herbert Wise
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Finney ... Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II)
Michael Crompton Michael Crompton ... Young Karol Wojtyla
Robert Austin Robert Austin ... Gov. Gen. Hans Frank
Caroline Bliss ... Rosa Kossack
Antony Brown ... Father Zary
Alfred Burke Alfred Burke ... Karol Wojtyla Sr.
Brian Cox ... Father Góra
Sam Dastor ... Józef Teitelbaum
Victoria Fairbrother ... Ruth Teitelbaum
John Forgeham ... Officer Moljek
Derek Francis Derek Francis ... Bishop Lec
Nigel Hawthorne ... Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski
Marne Maitland ... Mountain Sacristan
Patrick Marley Patrick Marley ... Raczynski
John McEnery ... Monsignor Kuczkowski
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Bio-drama tracing the life and career of Polish cardinal Karol Wojtyla from his days as a young activist in Poland, to his rise and installation in 1978 as Pope of the Catholic Church.

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pope John Paul II See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »

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Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Jon Voight was originally offered the part of Pope John Paul II in this movie, but refused, giving Albert Finney the role instead. Voight finally accepted the role for Pope John Paul II (2005), for which he received an Emmy nomination. See more »

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The Pope as a real man
13 July 2001 | by claveSee all my reviews

I saw this film more than 15 years ago, yet it has kept within my memory ever since. Not only for Finney's performance (captivating and chamaleonic as usual), but rather for its portrayal of Karol Wojtyla as a strong, committed and cheerful man who finds joy, purpose and projection in his calling into priesthood. The Wojtyla pictured here is far from the intriguing cardinals ("The Body", "Stigmata") or frivolous and manipulative clerics ("Priest", "The third miracle") of recent "religious" films. It's rather more in the great tradition of Father Flanagan (Spencer Tracy in "Boys Town"), Father Barry (Karl Malden in "On the waterfront"), and a clear predecessor of Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons in "The Mission") and slained-in-reality Bishop Romero (Raul Julia in "Romero). We can see a man willing to love his people and ready to fight for them, not merely for political reasons but for evangelic and apostolic purposes. A man who sports and camps, and cares for others, and prays. A man who confronts his feelings under the guidance of wisdom, reason and faith, and a man who finally accepts tough challenges and responsibilities with humility and trust. Fortunately for us, since those descriptions are quite close to the real Wojtyla, and the film does a very good job in portraying them to make us realize the real man John Paul II is.


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