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Karol: A Man Who Became Pope (2005)

Giacomo Battiato  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Giacomo Battiato
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Polish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 187 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E1ZBFY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,248 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Karol: A Man Who Became Pope" on IMDb

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  • Deleted Scenes
  • Karol Wojtyla's Speech After His Election to Pontiff

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    1930s' Poland. 10-year-old Karol Wojtyla has dreams, many dreams. One by one they are shattered. First, by the loss of his beloved mother and brother. Then, by the outbreak of the war and the death-fleeing human exodus which ensued. And finally, by the first signs of the Jewish persecution. These events will mark the start of Karol's long journey from worker, to poet and teacher. A journey full of encounters that eventually leads him to become a priest and finally, in 1978, to become the man we all now know, a man who has marked an era, a man who has made history as Pope John Paul II. With an extraordinary soundtrack by multi-award winner Ennio Morricone.

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    99 of 101 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Have no fear ! April 1, 2006
    By Monika
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    I was born and raised in Warsaw Poland. I was 8 years old when Karol Wojtyla became Pope John Paul II. He was all what I new until he passed away last year. I will never forget his words:

    "I plead with you-never,ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid. Do not forget that true love sets no conditions; it does not calculate

    or complain, but simply loves". His love to God, Poland and all people was tremendous. He thought us how to forgive and go on.

    This movie shows the fundaments of his faith and how it all happened. It is very emotional picture. It is 3 hours long but worth watching every minute of it.
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    122 of 135 people found the following review helpful
    Karol Wojtyla was deeply influenced by the events of the Second World War, or rather, the German invasion/occupation of his native Poland, to be more specific. That's the reason why this film is called what it is; as it tries to convey how the man himself was "made" by a particular historical era into the man the world has since come to know.   If you are looking for an all encompassing 'Life of John Paul II' this isn't the film for you. (See "Witness to Hope" on DVD for that, and/or read George Weigel's biography of Pope John Paul II by that same title.) Roughly half of this presentation concerns the era in which World War Two was fought, leaving not much time to address the half century of this man's service that followed. In many ways, thus, this film is very much a window into Nazi-occupied Poland; a film that one could usefully watch along with "The Wannsee Conference," "Schindler's List," and others. On that level it is a fine film indeed. Piotr Adamczyk, the actor who portays the future pope, moreover, handles the role with remarkable aplomb.   As the story of "The Man who became Pope," however, this film suffers from some very serious shortcomings. In the film pivotal scenes, for instance, are portrayed by a "Father Tomasz Zaleski," who plays Karol's close friend of many years---his spiritual advisor even; a man we ultimately see get shot by a Nazi firing squad. Too bad all this is, in George Weigel's words, "a complete invention. Young Karol Wojtyla did have a spiritual director, Father Kazimierz Figliewicz, but Figliewicz was not his contemporary and was not shot by the Germans, " Weigel has written. Karol's relationship with "Hania," in real life the Polish actress Halina Krolikiewicz Kwiatkowska, is also doctored. Read more ›
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    53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and Inspiring May 19, 2006
    I would think the best words used to describe this movie were expressed by Pope Benedict XVI:


    Thursday, 19 May 2005

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    I am certain to interpret the common sentiments and express living gratitude to those who wanted to offer me and all of you the opportunity to view this moving film tonight; it traces the life of young Karol Wojty³a, leading to his election as the Pontiff known as "John Paul II".

    I greet and thank Cardinal Roberto Tucci for his introduction to the film. I then address a word of admiration to the director and writer, Giacomo Battiato, and to the actors, especially Piotr Adamczyk who played the part of John Paul II, to the producer Pietro Valsecchi and to the networks "Taodue" and "Mediaset".

    I cordially greet the other Cardinals, Bishops, priests, Authorities and all those who wanted to take part in this viewing in honour of the beloved Pontiff, recently deceased. We all remember him with deep affection and heartfelt gratitude. Yesterday, he would have celebrated his 85th birthday.

    "Karol, un uomo diventato Papa" [Karol, a man who became Pope] is the title of the drama, taken from a text by Gian Franco Svidercoschi. The first segment, as we have seen, highlights the situation in Poland under the Nazi regime, with emphasis - now and then very emotionally strong - given to the repression of the Polish people and to the genocide of the Jews. These are atrocious crimes that show all of the evil that was contained in the Nazi ideology.
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    18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A JOY TO WATCH February 13, 2009
    I ordered this film from Canada because you can't get the second part in the UK and it was totally worth while. The Pope, The man is wonderful and a little more accurate than A Man Who became Pope which took liberties with the early part of JP's life. I was profoundly moved by many aspects of both films-I will treasure this DVD.

    Both films are a beautiful, moving tribute to a man who taught love and practiced what he preached. I think they are wonderfully acted by the title roles- I cannot recommend them highly enough. Pope Benedict himself gave them a favourable review but you don't need to be Catholic, Christian or even religious to recognise the goodness of JPII and see the gift he had with people- especially youth.

    This film captures the essence of who Karol was and what motivated him in a time of oppression and fear. It puts the message of John Paul's papacy 'DO NOT BE AFRAID' into a new light when you see how hard he must have struggled not to let fear conquer him in his life.

    In 'KAROL; THE POPE, THE MAN' the actors reprise their roles - Piotr Adamczyk is utterly superb in portraying the Pope to the point of his death. This young actor really does deserve praise. Together these are truly great films that inspire and uplift like the man himself.

    I hope as many people as possible get the chance to enjoy them
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    Published 7 days ago by Radek Gajak
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    This was a brilliant film. Really enjoyable.
    Published 18 days ago by Eileen
    5.0 out of 5 stars The actor could have not been a better choice. He was so believieable
    Absolutly incredible to see the life story of our new Saint.
    The actor could have not been a better choice.
    He was so believieable.
    Published 1 month ago by Jan Lougal
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    Published 2 months ago by Claudia
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    Everyone should see this film.
    Published 2 months ago by Alice McCabe
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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    Published 2 months ago by antonio
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie about the beloved Pope John Paul II.
    Epic style. Very insightful into the way Karols' spirituality grew in the context of the painful events of his upbringing, the Nazi occupation followed by the Soviets. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by alexandra
    4.0 out of 5 stars The story was beautiful but it should have been a longer film and ...
    As compared to the first movie, this was very choppy and the scenes did not sequence in an orderly manner. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Island Granny
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Movie!
    This is one of my favorite movies and an inspiration everytime I watch it! I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to see a wonderfully made movie about Saint John Paul! Read more
    Published 4 months ago by marianne
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
    Describes the life of Pope John PAUL ll. My wife and I I never get tired of watching this movie.
    Published 4 months ago by Ramiro H.
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