If you want to watch a geniune film on the first part of John Paul the Great's life and not a Hollywood production, then this is the film to watch. I feel an incredible wave of emotion when I see the simple preist who took-on the Nazis and then Communists with love, compassion and a sense of moral righteousness be first nominated, then elected Pope. To the see the people John Paul the Great grew-up with and the people who endured the struggles with him see him as he's being introduced as Pope chokes me up everytime I watch this movie. I especially enjoy the scene which shows the moment when Wojtyla the priest, who was not even thought-of as a candidate when conclave began after John Paul I's death, get put forth as a candidate. It is an exceptionally powerful scene to a priest from Communist occupied Poland as he's elected Pope -an advertent or inadvertent message from the College of Cardinals against communism and totalitarianism as depicted when Kordek (head of the Communist in Poland toasts Wojtyla as he's introduced as Pope ...love that scene! I just love the film of how it shows goodness can overcome pure evil, and how GOD will elevate those to lead who need to lead.