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The Shoes of the Fisherman(1968)

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  • Stunning film score, great story

    • Suzanne
    • 3/22/13

    The book by Morris West was a good read, a very interesting and hopeful story. Wen this film came out, I saw it in the theaters and the music blew me away. Alex North composed the perfect film score for this pseudo epic. Fascinating pageantry and the church rituals are told brilliantly. The film has its faults, mostly in the handling of the George Faber character and the problems with his wife and girlfriend. I get the inclusion but somehow, it comes across as clumsy. That said, David Janssen does a nice job as George Faber, the journalist through whom we hear much of the narrative. Quinn is wonderful as is Oskar Werner, playing Father Telemond, a character allegedly based on the work of Teilhard de Chardin. One would wish that the storyline and promise of the Church might one day come true.....

  • Prophetic-yes or no.

    • Rita
    • 3/1/13

    I bought this movie because I like Anthony Quin. It has several levels of drama the main one being a bishop sent to Syberia for 20 years to work in the salt mines by the Stalinists and recalled to Rome by the Pope who dies. There is a lot of fascinating detail of a Papal election and Vatacan protocol. And a surprise ending.It is well played by Quin I think this is his best work {and oh those eyes) and directed by Michael Anderson. It flows well and keeps your interest all the way.It is now one of my top 20 favourites. For those interested in current affairs, it is prophetic of what was to come in the 80's.I highly recommend a look.

  • This is the best movie I have ever seen.

    • Walter Bell
    • 2/28/13

    I saw this movie about 20 or so years ago. I watched it again a week or so ago on TCM. Over and over again. I wish I could thank Mr. Quinn personally and all the people that made the film happen for the inspiration and joy it gave me. I actually thought, for a moment or too, that I might be able to become a priest but, at eighty years of age, that's simply not practical. Thank you for the chance to get this off my chest. I feel better now.Walter Bell

  • The 1968 Political-Religion Drama

    • John Joshua Fernandez
    • 3/15/10

    This international worldwide Cold War movie is very educational and is very suitable for all ages.The Shoes of The Fisherman is the film about a Russian Pope who tried to solve the world,s worst problems.The Man,s name is Kiril Pavlovich Lakota.The film opens with Kiril who works on a Siberian Labor Camp,He is then released by his jailer Piotr Ilyich Kamanev.On the next scene he is then greeted by the eldest pope(John Gielgud).On This movie there are newsreel footage of crowds gathered at the Piazza San Pietro.I Like the crowd scene.On the crowd scene my part there is a schoolboy stands next to his mother.and the three teenage boys are gathered themselves at the Piazza,to stand up and listen to the mass of Kiril,s Papal Coronation.At the ending Kiril Lakota who is crowned as a pope removes his tiara in a gesture of humility much to the joy and pleasure of the crowds.and pledges the vast wealth of the church.

  • Fiction come to reality

    • steve
    • 5/4/08

    Very prophetic considering the year it was released. The backstory on the tape was very interesting.

  • Pope John Paul II?

    • James Rhodes
    • 6/26/06

    This character reminded me of John Paul in some remote ways. Except this guy was really willing to put his money where his mouth is. The story was a bit fantastic (as entertainment often is) but enjoyable. For some reason, it is one of those films I can see several times. I enjoyed the intertwining of the political drama with the love story. Some critics panned that as unnecessary, but I think the scene between Lakota and the Dr. managed to connect the character more to real people. His style seemed a bit more like Jesus. Of course, I'd like to see them do something to bring Catholics into the 21st. century on contrception, women priests, dealing with sexual abuse, etc. but that's for another movie. And Anthony Quinn was great! One of my favorites!

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