The Shoes of the Fisherman
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A Pope contends with the prospects of nuclear world destruction in this Cold-War saga of religious faith and international politics. (Anthony Quinn) plays a Russian priest who has spent 20 years in a Siberian labor camp. When Russian and Chinese relations deteriorate, Russian Premier Kamenev (Laurence Olivier) releases him and he is made a cardinal. Kamenev wishes to have a representative at the Vatican in Rome for future political situations. When the Pope (John Gielgud) dies, a series of events makes the Russian priest the first Pope from a communist country. Taking the name of the saint who… More
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"Critics have comically dubbed it Zorba the Pope."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A curious, at times almost prescient anticipation of the reign of John Paul II, filtered partly through the lens of the Silly Sixties."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"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
"...it gets so bogged down in subplots and minutiae, it loses its way."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"All-star cast, headed by Anthony Quinn, Olivier and Gielgud, can't help Anderson's poor transfern of Morris West's bestseller, an international political thriller about a Russian survivor of the gulag who becomes pope; best thing is Alex North's score."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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