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"Writer-director John Kent Harrison wisely finds a narrative focus... as the pope stares down the unraveling Soviets hoping to help free his native Poland. More than anything, Voight's performance... taps into John Paul's emotional life... it's a remarkable performance." --Variety
"Succeeds brilliantly... it does reveal why most of those who criticized [Pope John Paul II] also loved him." --Pittsburg Post-Gazette
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Contrary to what another reviewer said about budget limitations, this is actually a big budget movie for television, a 20 million dollar production. It also had a full theatrical release throughout Poland, and had tremendous box office susccess, second only in revenues to "The Passion of the Christ". This is a very beautifully filmed production that has a great look to it, shot on location in Rome and Poland.
Director John Kent Harrison also wrote the screenplay, after interviewing those who were closest to the Pope, and Harrison just nails the story of the Pope's life so well. Both Elwes and Voight have publicly stated how greatly honored and humbled they were to play JP II, and they both said they worked extremely hard to portray the Pope as best as possible. They both succeeded admirably.
Voight was nominated for an Emmy Award for his performance, one that Variety called "remarkable", and USA Today said "Voight stands out as he closely mirrors our image of the Pope . . .with a mix of majesty and humility, humor and steel." Finally, the renowned Peggy Noonan said it was "Brilliant and warm . . the best work of Jon Voight's storied career."
I wholeheartedly agree. A memorable and deeply inspiring movie on John Paul II.
The lead actors are excellent and the pope's devoted assistant and his secretary of state are especially interesting. Karol Wojtyla's fellow cardinals from Poland are played powerfully by Christopher Lee (Star Wars, Lord of the Rings) and James Cromwell (Babe).
On the down side, this was made as a TV movie and the budget limitations show in a number of the crowd scenes. Sadly incongruent with the overall quality.
There are some political and historical inconsistencies - but only Pope and his polish fellows would know the difference. Besides it - A+ ! Jon Voight did wonderful job portraying this great man. God Bless Him.
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This outstanding definitive epic film on the life of Pope John Paul II was filmed on location in Rome and Poland is a keeper. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Hawkeye
Well written and acted. Quite moving! I was honestly not expecting it to be as good as it was. Fine job by all main actors. The soviets were pretty laughable, though. Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. Elder
A great film about the life of St Pope John Paul II. Very inspiring and educational.Published 4 months ago by Mary K. Minjeur
Fantastic movie about an inspirational man.
Look at what he had experienced even before he became Pope.
No wonder he's a saint.