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The Shoes of the Fisherman Reviews

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May 9, 2014
A curious, at times almost prescient anticipation of the reign of John Paul II, filtered partly through the lens of the Silly Sixties.
March 25, 2013
Este es un visionario filme realizado en 1968, pero que entre más pasa el tiempo, más demuestra lo profético que resultó ser. Ya que el personaje interpretado brillantemente por Anthony Quinn, un sacerdote ruso que estuvo en prisión injustamente y luego llega a ser nombrado Papa tras una larga sucesión de papas exclusivamente italianos y que al ser elegido demuestra una atípica sencillez y humildad, es fácilmente una visionaria interpretación y fusión de personalidades reales como Nelson Mandela, el Papa Juan Pablo II y el ahora Papa Francisco. Demostrando que este filme lejos de desactualizarse y volverse irrelevante, al contrario, luego de 45 años, es más vigente y meritorio de ver que nunca antes. Con un formidable elenco de apoyo con talentos como Oskar Werner, Leo McKern, Vittorio De Sica, David Janssen y Barbara Jefford, además cuenta con cameos del calibre de Laurence Olivier y John Gielgud. Creo que la gente que ha calificado bajamente este filme son personas que no han vuelto a ver este filme, ya que si lo hicieran, se darían cuenta lo visionario de su guión. Altamente recomendada.
vic40186
December 24, 2012
Despite it is pretty interesting the way Anderson shows the death and election of the new Pope and the imaginative plot that predicted a polish Pope ten years later, the film gets lost in several subplots that aren't well developed. Great score by Alex North and wonderful art direction and costume design. So - so performances.
December 24, 2012
Despite it is pretty interesting the way Anderson shows the death and election of the new Pope and the imaginative plot that predicted a polish Pope ten years later, the film gets lost in several subplots that aren't well developed. Great score by Alex North and wonderful art direction and costume design. So - so performances.
October 1, 2012
Interesante puesto hace propuestas muy adelantadas a su tiempo, pero es demasiado pro-libertad cristiana y anti-vaticano romanico, catolico, apostolico.
June 13, 2012
A human being is accidentally appointed as Pope, rather than a Nazi, a paedophile, an apologist, or an antisemite, with miraculous results.
FilmGrinder S.
December 13, 2011
62%

"Every day we ask ourselves what we can do about it before the nightmare turns itself into a mushroom cloud blotting out the sun."-Piotr Ilych Kamenev (Sir Laurence Oliver)

With the hundreds of sub plots this 'epic' should have been a twelve hour film. Acting was superb though.
Monsieur Rick
January 20, 2010
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.

Cast
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.
Virus
February 12, 2008
What amazing world cast here wasted. A dull bore and almost epic disaster.
vader_of_vjun
August 9, 2005
The Shoes Of The Fisherman is a mystery to me...namely because it is based on a book, that was never going to be suitable movie material.

It's not that it's an awful film or any thing...Anthony Quinn's performance is the only thing that saves it from being awful though. Even Laurence Olivier is unremarkable in this film. Most of the acting is deadpan and lacks motive. However, it does provide some insight into the workings of the election of a pope...if you're into that sort of thing.

It may be an OK story, but this film should never have been made.
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