Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II

Director: John Kent Harrison Cast: Jon Voight, Cary Elwes, Ben Gazzara



One of several dramatized tributes to the late pontiff to be telecast in 2005, the two-part CBS biopic Pope John Paul II is a remake of a popular Italian miniseries, and was filmed on location in Italy and Poland. The film begins with the attempted assassination of the pope on May 13, 1981, whereupon the story of the man once known as Karol Wojtyla is unfolded in flashback. The familiar highlights of Pope John Paul II's life and work are vividly realized: his early theatrical aspirations, his staunch resistance of both the Nazis and the Communist party in his native Poland, his meteoritic rise through the church ranks (at 38, he was his country's youngest bishop), and his ultimate ascendance to the Vatican throne in 1978. Also, this is one of the few English-language films to officer a meticulous recreation of the papal election process. Throughout much of the film, the pope's career is firmly linked with that of his countryman, Polish labor leader Lech Walesa; it can be inferred that without the input of both men, Poland would never have freed itself from Communist domination, nor would the Soviet empire have ultimately fallen. Cary Elwes plays John Paul from ages 18 through 50, whereupon Elwes morphs (quite literally, thanks to a brief -- and controversial -- special-effect sequence) into Jon Voight, who takes over as the older pope. Pope John Paul II was first telecast in two parts on December 4 and 7, 2005.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/13/2007
UPC: 0883476000152
Original Release: 2005
Rating: NR
Region Code: 1
Time: 3:00:00

Special Features

Memories of the Pope; Collector's digital booklet; Deleted scenes; Special cast interviews; Footage of the world premiere screening at the Vatican with Pope Benedict XVI; The making of the movie

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jon Voight Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla)
Cary Elwes Karol Wojtyla, 18-50
Ben Gazzara Cardinal Agostino Casaroli
Christopher Lee Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski
Vittoria Belvedere Eva
James Cromwell Cardinal Adam Sapieha
Daniele Pecci Roman
Ettore Bassi Gapa
Chiara Conti Anna
Valeria Cavalli Teresa
Marcin Kuzminski Mikal
Giuletta Revel Halina
Robert Gonera Tadeusz
Christopher Good Cardinal Konig
Fabrizio Bucci Kysztof Zachuta
Giuliano Gemma Navaro Valls
Jacek Lenartowicz Lech Walesa
Marco Frisina Conductor

Technical Credits
John Kent Harrison Director,Screenwriter
Pier Luigi Basile Production Designer
Matilde Benabei Producer
Luca Bernabei Producer
Matilde Bernabei Executive Producer
D. Marcial Cuquerella Producer
Stephen J. Davis Executive Producer
Marco Frisina Score Composer
Krzysztof Grabowski Producer
Slawomir Jozwik Producer
Molly Lopata Casting
Fabrizio Lucci Cinematographer
Fania Petrocchi Producer
Henk van Eeghen Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pope John Paul II
1. May 13, 1981 [8:29]
2. Krakow, Poland 1939 [8:06]
3. Dangerous Times [7:22]
4. Keep Poland Alive [12:55]
5. The Highest Resistance [8:42]
6. How Does God Choose? [9:38]
7. St. Florian's Church [8:40]
8. Krakow, 1959 [10:33]
9. An Old Friend [7:37]
10. The Conclave [4:03]
11. A Pope for Everyone [7:42]
12. Pope of Surprises [7:53]
13. Home to Poland [3:45]
14. Warsaw June 2, 1979 [11:04]
15. Undeclared War [14:13]
16. May 13, 1981 [11:42]
17. Krakow, Poland 1939 [8:16]
18. Dangerous Times [7:08]
19. Keep Poland Alive [5:53]
20. The Highest Resistance [9:17]

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Pope John Paul II 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Reviewmaster More than 1 year ago
Covers everything from the attempt on his life back on to his younger years forward (starting with brief childhood and young adult years and moving on to his grown up resistances to the respective Nazis and Communists (former being imported from neighboring Germany [current pope's homeland], later treasonably home-born but Soviet-educated de facto traitors to many of his fellow Poles), elevations to priest, bishop, cardinal and pope, and all the papal tours and events thereof. Disc's visual and audio quality are excellent, including ability to access English subtitles, although Scene Selections are somewhat inaccurate with their titles on Scene 13 (which really starts in *Mexico*) and the tiles printed under boxes 16-20 are repeats of those under #'s 1-5 (Scene 16, for example, starts w/November 1981 appointment of then-Cardinal Ratzinger to Prefect and moves to 1980s events after it. Scenes 17 & 18 respectively start the 1990s and show him as a Pope of Suffering (Parkinsons), and Scenes 19 & 20 are the respective Turn of the Millenium and his Last Easter. Recommended for those most interested in religous pieces and who can tolerate corporate errors in disc manufacturing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago