The Shoes of the Fisherman G

The Shoes of the Fisherman
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: G
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 42 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: April 4, 2006
  • Originally Released: 1968
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Surround 5.1 English
    • Stereo 2S French

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Performer: , , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by &
Composition by
Cinematography by
Art Direction by &
Produced by

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 7


User Ratings: 1,190
Rating: 5/10 -- gets so bogged down in subplots and minutiae, it loses its way. Full Review
Movie Metropolis
Apr 3, 2006
Rating: B- -- 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. Full Review
Aug 23, 2006
Rating: B -- A curious, at times almost prescient anticipation of the reign of John Paul II, filtered partly through the lens of the Silly Sixties. Full Review
Decent Films Guide
Apr 12, 2006
Unless you have read the novel by Morris West on which the film is based, the first two hours are unintelligible. Full Review
New York Times
May 9, 2005
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 Full Review
Urban Cinefile
Jul 19, 2008
Rating: C+ -- Critics have comically dubbed it Zorba the Pope. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 28, 2009

Product Description:

The world's first duly elected Russian Pope tries to prevent not only an atomic war, but starvation in Red China as well. Based on Morris l. West's best-selling novel. Academy Award Nominations: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Original Score.

Description by Warner Home Video:

Shoes of the Fisherman, The
All eyes are focused on the Vatican, hoping to see the traditional puffs of white smoke that signal the selection of the next Pope. But this time, much more is at stake. The new pontiff may be the only person who can bring peace to a world hovering on the edge of nuclear nightmare.
Year: 1968
Director: Michael Anderson
Starring: Anthony Quinn, Oskar Werner, David Janssen, Vittorio De Sica, Leo McKern, Sir John Gielgud

Plot Synopsis:

Kiril Lakota, a Russian priest, has spent years languishing in a Siberian prison camp for his religious convictions. But he unexpectedly gets a reprieve when the communist government sends him to Rome to help the Vatican prevent a nuclear war. But neither the Soviet hierarchy nor the priest himself forsee that the one-time prisoner will ultimately become the new Pope.


Production Notes:

  • Anthony Asquith was originally set to direct, but due to a serious illness (from which he later died), he left just before the film went into production.

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  • UPC: 012569517424
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