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Karol: A Man Who Became Pope (2005)

Karol, un uomo diventato Papa (original title)
The life of the pope John-Paul II, from his youth as a writer, actor, and athlete in war-torn occupied Poland to his election as Pope at the age of 58.

Director:

Giacomo Battiato

Writers:

Giacomo Battiato (screenplay), Gianfranco Svidercoschi (book)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Piotr Adamczyk ... Karol Wojtyla
Malgorzata Bela ... Hanna Tuszynska
Ken Duken ... Adam Zielinski
Hristo Shopov ... Julian Kordek
Ennio Fantastichini Ennio Fantastichini ... Maciej Nowak
Violante Placido ... Maria Pomorska
Matt Craven ... Hans Frank
Olgierd Lukaszewicz ... Karol Wojtyla senior - Karol's father
Lech Mackiewicz ... Stefan Wyszynski
Radoslaw Pazura ... Pawel Kowalski
Grazyna Szapolowska ... Brigitte Frank
Kenneth Welsh ... Professor Wójcik
Raoul Bova ... Tomasz Zaleski
Szymon Bobrowski ... Captain Macke
Mateusz Damiecki ... Wiktor Milosz
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The life of the pope John-Paul II, from his youth as a writer, actor, and athlete in war-torn occupied Poland to his election as Pope at the age of 58.

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Trivia

Karol Wojtyla was completely alone by the age of 20. His sister Olga died in infancy before Karol was born. His mother, Emilia, died when he was eight. His older brother Edmund died when he was 26 and Karol was 12. His father died when he was 20. Karol was not present for any of their deaths. It was after his father's death that he seriously began to consider the priesthood. See more »

Quotes

Professor Wójcik: You pay for freedom with your whole being, that is why you will call freedom that which while paying for it helps you to know and control yourself over and over.
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Connections

Referenced in Och, Karol 2 (2011) See more »

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the right tone
28 April 2017 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

nothing to say about this film than it is an admirable work. not for a specific fact but for the inspired tone . and, sure, for Piotr Adamczyk in the lead role. for me, it remains one of most admirable religious films of the last decades. because it has the virtue to give more than adaptation of a well known biography. but a delicate drawing of the man who defines one of the essential symbols of XX century. the war, the life in the Comunist Poland, the writer and the actor and the theologian, his fight for the defense of Church rights, his relations with the closer people, his fundamental choice are presented in the most inspired manner. in many scenes, it seems be one of the drawings of the masters of Rennaisance. because it is not only the image of a man. but the sketch of a world who live, in profound sense, in him.


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Country:

Poland | Italy

Language:

English | Italian | Polish

Release Date:

15 August 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Karol: A Man Who Became Pope See more »

Filming Locations:

Dobczyce, Malopolskie, Poland See more »

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Budget:

EUR10,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,367,476
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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