EWTN Is Proud to Present ‘Pope John Paul II’
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By Michelle Laque Johnson
Actor Jon Voight was nominated for an Emmy for his stunning performance in the movie, “Pope John Paul II,” which aired on CBS in 2005 to rave reviews. See it again — or for the first time – starting this weekend on EWTN. Part 1 airs at 8 p.m. ET, Saturday, April 6 while Part 2 airs the same time on Saturday, April 13 – exclusively on EWTN. For those who understands Polish, we have taken the liberty of attaching the Movie in full in Polish language.
“EWTN is excited to share this extraordinary file, which premiered at the end of John Paul II’s pontificate,” said EWTN Executive Vice President Doug Keck. “April 2 was the eighth anniversary of JPII’s death, which is one reason we’re airing this now. Also, as Pope Francis begins his new pontificate, it’s appropriate to look back with gratitude at the lives of previous popes,
such as Pope John Paul II, on whose legacy the new Pope will build.”
In addition to Voight, who plays the Pope from the time he was elected until his death, the all-star cast includes Cary Elwes (“The Princess Bride”) as the young Karol Wojtyla, Ben Gazzara (“Don Bosco,” “The Bridge at Remagen,” “The Spanish Prisoner”), Christopher Lee (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith,” “The Three Muskateers”), and James Cromwell (nominated for an Oscar for “Babe” in which he played Farmer Hoggett).
When the movie first aired, reviewers heaped praise on the film for its well-rounded portrayal of the man who would be Pope.
The “Seattle Post-Intelligencer” said that the young 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.”
“The Washington Post” was even more extravagant with its praise: “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.”
We don’t know when we’ll be able to show this film again. So please:
Share it with family and friends.
And be inspired to make a difference in the world!
(You can also purchase your very own copy of the film from EWTN Religious Catalogue at http://bit.ly/16s86ne.)
THE MOVIE (strictly in Polish Soundtrack)