The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968)




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A screen version of the best-selling novel by Morris West tells the story of a Russian bishop who is made Pope after years in exile in Siberia. A sprawling drama of Vatican and global politics brought to life by a notable cast.

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Anthony Quinn
as Kiril Lakota
Oskar Werner
as Fr. David Telemond
David Janssen
as George Faber
Laurence Olivier
as Piotr Ilyich Kamenev
Vittorio De Sica
as Cardinal Rinaldi
Leo McKern
as Cardinal Leone
John Gielgud
as Elder Pope
Barbara Jefford
as Dr. Ruth Faber
Frank Finlay
as Igor Bounin
Arnoldo Foà
as Gelasio
Paul Rogers
as Augustinian
George Pravda
as Gorshenin
Clive Revill
as Vucovich
Niall MacGinnis
as Capuchin Monk
Oskar Ikemer
as David Telemond
Marne Maitland
as Cardinal Rahamani
Isa Miranda
as The Marchesa
Leopoldo Trieste
as Dying Man's Friend
Peter Copley
as English Cardinal
Arthur Howard
as English Cardinal
Jean Rougeul
as Dominican
Al Thomas
as Negro Cardinal
Dom Moore
as Polish Cardinal
John Frederick
as American Cardinal
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Critic Reviews for The Shoes of the Fisherman

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

A curious, at times almost prescient anticipation of the reign of John Paul II, filtered partly through the lens of the Silly Sixties.

April 12, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Unless you have read the novel by Morris West on which the film is based, the first two hours are unintelligible.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

Critics have comically dubbed it Zorba the Pope.

May 28, 2009 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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

July 19, 2008

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.

August 23, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review… gets so bogged down in subplots and minutiae, it loses its way.

April 2, 2006 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Shoes of the Fisherman

It is a 50 year old movie, but I enjoyed it. If only all Popes cared about the world rather than the church.

Red Lats
Red Lats

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You won't find better costumes or locations/sets from 1960s movies -- although the film is a bit more dated than your average 60's flick.

Christian C
Christian C

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