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The Shoes of the Fisherman

  PG HD Closed Captioning

Michael Anderson

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Plot Summary

Based on the best-selling book by Morris L. West, this sweeping epic follows Academy Award-winner Anthony Quinn ("Zorba the Greek", "Lawrence of Arabia") as a Russian political prisoner who becomes Pope and tries to prevent an atomic war. Also starring Oscar-winners Sir Lawrence Olivier ("Wuthering Heights," "Marathon Man") and Sir John Gielgud ("Arthur," "Ghandi"), and TV's original "Fugitive," David Janssen. Received Oscar nominations for Best Original Score and Art Direction.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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  • Reviews Counted: 6
  • Fresh: 3
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Settle back and let this old fashioned but entirely enjoyable epic (from Aussie writer Morris West's novel) take you on a journey that is in many ways every bit as relevant today as it was then – Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Retired

I would love to share with you my review but unfortunately, I was not able to watch it until the end. At one point, just after the episode when the new pope says the hebrew prayer for the dying people, I tried to go full screen and the picture turned into a green and red mix. Later, when I returned to iTunes and tied to start it, it kept saying : "The instruction at "0x66f57350" referenced memory at "0x176cce30". the memory couldn't be read." Can you help me ? does it come from my computer ? Tkx

Before there was John Paul II there was Pope Kiril

I saw this with my parents when it first came out, took every opportunity to watch it on TV, bought it on VHS following the election of John Paul II, and just rented it from iTunes after the election of Francis. And I'm not even Catholic.

An all-star cast, with solid performances suited to the magnitude of the characters portrayed. By turns a documentary on what happens when a Pope dies [newsreel footage from the death of John XXIII], exploration of a man of deep personal spirituality, an intellectual introduction to the ideas of Fr Pierre Teilhard de Chardin on the integration of evolution and Catholic faith, arresting moments that will stay with you for years. The only weakpoint is a romantic triangle grafted on to the larger story, which does give the new Pope an opportunity to show his pastoral side. The (what now seems) melodramatic world nuclear crisis may be a bit dated if you didn't live through the period ("It's the Russian: they've elected a Russian pope!"), but the movie remains a powerful exploration of a what a truly good man can accomplish when placed in a position of moral authority.

My Polish Catholic wife greatly appreciated the prescient anticipation of John Paul II, the contrast with Benny XVI couldn't be greater, and we'll keep an eye on Francis.

The Shoes of the Fisherman
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1968

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