Once again I am going against RT professional critics. I am sorry, but this film is far better than they see it.
Although unlikely, this priest rises to be the Pope of the Catholic church despite himself. Anthony Quinn and Sir Laurence Olivier contribute to this two vhs cassette set movie something that can't be concise.
With the powerful image of a world on the brink of nuclear destruction, this inspiring epic remains as timely as ever.
Anthony Quinn as Kiril Lakota/Pope Kiril I
Laurence Olivier as Piotr Ilyich Kamenev
Oskar Werner as Fr. David Telemond
David Janssen as George Faber
Barbara Jefford as Dr Ruth Faber
Vittorio De Sica as Cardinal Rinaldi
Leo McKern as Cardinal Leone
John Gielgud as Pope Pius XIII
Burt Kwouk as Peng
Arnoldo Foà as Gelasio
Leopoldo Trieste as Dying Man's Friend
Frank Finlay as Igor Bounin
The film was originally a project of the British director Anthony Asquith but he became ill and was replaced by Michael Anderson (Asquith died in 1968).
The film was nominated for two Oscars.