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Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II
Actors: Albert Finney, Michael Crompton, Robert Austin, Caroline Bliss, Antony Brown
Director: Herbert Wise
Genres: Drama
PG     2004     2hr 30min

If there is one must-see documentary on Pope John Paul II's life and ministry, this is it. In a way, it is a summary of the Pope's pursuit of God, of love, and of light for all people. Interspersed with an English-language...  more »


Movie Details

Actors: Albert Finney, Michael Crompton, Robert Austin, Caroline Bliss, Antony Brown
Director: Herbert Wise
Creators: Tony Imi, Brian Smedley-Aston, Alvin Cooperman, Burt Nodella, Judith de Paul, Pia Arnold, Christopher Knopf
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Drama
Studio: Hanover House
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 06/01/2004
Original Release Date: 04/22/1984
Theatrical Release Date: 04/22/1984
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 2hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Forgot I was watching Albert Finny, he became Karol Wojtyla
Helen Carlin, ocds (helen@helpfello | Oregon, United States | 03/28/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I really forgot I was watching an actor, both young Karol and the man Karol, the acting was so well done by all. Patrick Stewart as an antagonist was superb. One can not help but feel the emotions that Karol felt as his character is formed by the experiences of his life, from the loss of his mother at an early age and his father as a young man, the ocupation by the Germans, the plight of the Jewish families that led him to risk his life for them. Also his meeting with a mentor who intoduces him to St. John of the Cross, he became a Secular Carmelite as a result and the Carmelite St. John of the Cross was to influence his life right up to the present day. It was his dealings with the Communists, as Bishop of Cracow, that gave such hope to the Polish people. An example was at Nowa Huta. This is the story of a man who was formed by the experiences of his life which brought him to the understanding of the true meaning of love. Not the passive kind, but the love that acts to restore the dignity of the human being. It shows his ability to be empathic with the suffering of everyone. It reveals his capacity to understand all sides and to mediate well, which is part of what got him elected to the highest position in the church. It also shows his astute mind and strong-willed commiment to his principles in dealings with the Communists and others. Keep your kleenex handy, you will feel this story very deeply."
I'm Pope-eye the Savior's man!
Francisco J. Calderon | Mexico City, Mexico | 05/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Many people today think of John Paul II as some sort of well-intentioned preachy old-timer set in his church's archaic ways, with little, if nothing, relevant to say in our present troubled times. As this movie shows, they couldn't be more wrong! We're talking about a bigger-than-life hero here, if ever there was one! Albert Finney is astounding in the role of a Polish working class priest witnessing first hand the worst atrocities of the XX century, and putting his own life on the line in order to stop and ammend them. I don't know if Finney ever recieved any award for this perfomance, but I do know John Paul II will go down in history not only as a great pope, but as an example of what being human means! You don't have to be a Catholic to apreciate this, nor to watch the movie!"
Excellent film!
Odilla | East Coast USA | 04/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was an excellent film telling the story of the young Karol, as well as a tiny bit about him as Pope. I found the scenes of Karol in Poland as it was under Nazi Occupation to be the best. The film captured his humor, and his heroism, and his sanctity (done in a very "true" way instead of a "hollywood holy" false way).

I strongly recommend this film. I'm puzzled by a few of the other reviews- I think they are mistaking this film for another one that's a documentary. This was a regular movie with actors playing the Pope, and the acting was very good."
Pope John Paul II - The Movie
Francisco J. Calderon | 04/03/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie was extremely inspirational. I so enjoyed it! It covers a full span of the Holy Father's life from boyhood to adulthood. The story line shows the Pope's humaness, his intellect, and his great love of God. It also revealed the struggles and strength of the Polish people during World War II. I have recommended it to friends who have equally enjoyed it."