Pope John Paul II: The Movie
Pope John Paul II: The Movie

Pope John Paul II: The Movie





Pope John Paul II: The Movie


"Voight is quite extraordinary. Besides doing a spot-on impersonation of Pope John Paul's public persona, he ages most convincingly... It's a heart wrenching portrayal. Pope Benedict XVI attended the world premiere screening and at the conclusion blessed the miniseries — the ultimate endorsement!" —Harry Forbes, Catholic News Service

"Watching this film has renewed in me a sense of profound gratitude to God for having given the Church and the world a Pope of such an exalted human and spiritual nature." —Pope Benedict XVI

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. Peter's Square, and Elwes and Voight are largely responsible. The movie is honestly and actually about something... It's the ability to instill joy in human hearts, and the film not only celebrates it but, in its finest moments, even possesses it."—The Washington Post

"Writer-director John Kent Harrison wisely finds a narrative focus... as the pope stares down the unraveling Soviets hoping to help free his native Poland. More than anything, Voight's performance... taps into John Paul's emotional life... it's a remarkable performance."—Variety

"Succeeds brilliantly... it does reveal why most of those who criticized [Pope John Paul II] also loved him."—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Elwes... deftly depicts the internal struggle that finally drove Wojtyla to be trained for the priesthood. [This film] understands the importance of taking the time to see Pope John Paul II as a fully rounded human being as opposed to a hollow icon." —Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Voight stands out... he closely mirrors our image of the pope as a person: that mix of majesty and humility, humor and steel."—USA Today

“Voight…catches the stages of John Paul’s physical diminishment…with astounding
exactitude: He doesn’t appear to be acting.” —Los Angeles Times

“Mr. Voight…has…the wit, charm and willpower that turned John Paul II into a superstar…” The New York Times

“What distinguishes CBS’ production especially is the veracity of Jon Voight’s Emmy Award-worthy performance as the pontiff (superbly matched by Cary Elwes)…” —Catholic News Service

“Voight…dives in with gusto… It’s a remarkable performance.” —Daily Variety

"Brilliant and warm... The best work of Jon Voight's storied career." Peggy Noonan



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