Unfortunately, the film is also episodic, dull, and overly hagiographic in its treatment of paul s life. Peters square, and elwes and voight are largely responsible. While were evaluating marriage through the movie, it is worth. Now you can share the experience of his life and liturgies in this unforgettable two video set. Although shot on a lavish scale in italy, poland and elsewhere, pope john paul ii succeeds on intimate terms even when troops are marching or huge crowds are filling st. The miniseries neatly splits its two nights between the preelection karol wojtyla and the reign of pope john paul ii, with cary elwes the princess bride playing wojtyla from his youth to the 1978 conclave and jon voight holes playing john paul ii from the conclave to his 2005 death. Pope john paul ii also stars ben gazzara, james cromwell, and christopher lee. Jon voight on john paul the actor discusses what its like to portray one of the most belovedand most recordedfigures in recent history. Interview with jon voightpope john paul ii catholic. I am very grateful for the producers to put into film the life story of pope paul john ii. Pope john paul ii has been credited with inspiring political change that not only led to the collapse of communism in his native poland and eventually all of eastern europe, but also in many countries ruled by dictators. The miniseries was written and directed by john kent harrison and aired in the united states on the cbs network on 4 and 7 december 2005. The project started before his death, and pope john paul ii was very handson with the production and knew of the script. Jon voight is seen here in the title role in john paul ii, the performance that won him an emmy nomination.
Jon voight, cary elwes, ben gazzara, james cromwell, and christopher lee. The director of this movie did an excellent job on directing the actors and actresses. The biopic was shot on location in krakow, poland and in. In 1999, voight played noah in a tv movie called noahs ark. Pope john paul ii visit to stevens point, wi, 23 august 1976 duration. He made his acting debut in small roles on tv shows like naked city and the defenders in 1963 and got his first movie role in fearless frank 1967. Stars jon voight, cary elwes, ben gazzara, james cromwell, and christopher lee. Jon voight was born on december 29, 1938 in yonkers, new york, usa as jonathan vincent voight. Saint pope john paul ii at the movies plus the princess bride.
The film does a particularly nice job of tracing the early life of karol wojtyla. That amounted to 26 years, 5 months and 18 days for a total of 9,665 days. May 02, 2010 9 videos play all 2005 pope john paul ii tv movie theichannel2010. The movie is honestly and actually about something. Pope benedict xvi was so impressed by jon voight s performance as pope john paul ii, he started to congratulate him in italian. The director of this movie did an excellent job on directing the actors and.
The last days of pope john paul ii the untold stories cnn. The life of pope john paul ii 2005 starring thomas kretschmann and clayton richardlong on dvd and bluray. However, what pope benedict xvi saw was a brief cutdown version of part 1, and all of part 2, which covers the papacy of pope john paul ii. Nov 27, 2005 pope john paul ii although the moment is comical at first as cary elwes puts on his papal vestments and magically morphs into jon voight that campy transformation actually elevates the. Wonderful movie about the life story of pope john paul ii and so touching that it brought me to tears.
Shot on location in rome and poland in close connection with the vatican, this is the definitive epic film on the life of pope john paul ii. He sat for 31 years, 7 months and 23 days a total of 11,560 days. He makes comments that echo john paul ii s own statements when he was called to rome and the elder pope quotes ratsinger in saying, its. One of several dramatized tributes to the late pontiff to be telecast in 2005, the twopart cbs biopic pope john paul ii is a remake of a popular italian miniseries, and was filmed on location in. Jon voights powerful, emmynominated performance as john paul ii was widely praised, as was cary elwes as. Like the jon voight headlined film pope john paul ii, it starts with a framing device and flashback, but this one the abduction of president moro in 1978 is rather dull and only tangentially relates to our protagonists life. Pope john paul ii, 50, former polish cardinal karol wojtyla, smiles at the vatican oct. I dont know if finney ever recieved any award for this perfomance, but i do know john paul ii will go down in history not only as a great pope, but as an example of what being human means.
The historymaking visit of pope john paul ii to north america captured the hearts of a nation and made him one of the most beloved of world leaders. Pope benedict xvi meets with jon voight at the screening of john paul ii nov. We took a look in our archives and found this segment, reported by scott pelley, about one of the worlds most beloved popes, john paul ii, who died 8 years ago this week. In the cbs miniseries pope john paul ii, released in december 2005, voight, who was raised a catholic, portrayed the pontiff from the time of his election until his death, garnering an emmy nomination for the role.
May 02, 2010 9 videos play all 2005 pope john paul ii tv movie. Jon voight did an amazing performance as pope john paul. Pope john paul ii is a 1984 american biopic drama tv movie based on the life of karol wojtyla, from his early days as an activist in poland to his installation as pope john paul ii. He made his acting debut in small roles on tv shows like naked city and the defenders in 1963 and got his first movie role in. In the words of joaquin navarrovalls, john paul iis press secretary. Written by christopher knopf and directed by herbert wise, the film stars albert finney, caroline bliss, brian cox, and john forgeham. You dont have to be a catholic to apreciate this, nor to watch the movie. Outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or a movie jon voight. Saint pope john paul ii at the movies plus the princess. The project collapsed, but two decades later, voight got the call again to portray.
Jon voight in pope john paul ii 2005 cary elwes in pope john paul ii 2005 jon voight in pope john paul ii 2005 jon. In 1960 he began studying privately with neighborhood playhouse mentor. Born in yonkers, new york in 1938, voight first gained widespread attention and received a golden globe award for his 1969 role in the controversial movie midnight cowboy, which also starred dustin hoffman. British actor cary elwes plays the young karol wojtyla, with american actor jon voight also a catholic taking over when the polish cardinal becomes pope. Seven keypoints that made john paul ii the great pope duration. Award winning john paul ii to be shown as full feature. Pope john paul ii is a 2005 television miniseries dramatizing the life of pope john paul ii karol jozef wojtyla from his early adult years in poland to his death at age 84. Oscarwinning actor jon voight, who played the late pope john paul ii in a tv movie, and director john kent harrison, right, pose for photographers before a news conference in warsaw, poland, on. The son of a czechamerican golf pro, jon voight was active in student theatricals in high school and at catholic university. Voight finally accepted the role for pope john paul ii 2005, for which he received an emmy nomination. Jon voight was originally offered the part of pope john paul ii in this movie, but refused, giving albert finney the role instead. Pope movie in poland celebrity circuit pictures cbs news.425 1418 1639 195 1224 185 349 283 1446 779 259 792 1549 1056 658 708 1195 525 1249 704 360 556 798 1511 774 18 1442 1327 356 343 1379 1178 165 112