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The Shoes of the Fisherman

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Original title
The Shoes of the Fisherman
Running time
157 min.
United States United States
John Patrick, James Kennaway (Novel: Morris West)
Alex North
Erwin Hillier
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Drama | Cold War. Religion
Synopsis / Plot
After twenty years in a Siberian labor camp, Kiril Lakota (Anthony Quinn), the Metropolitan Archbishop of Lvov, is set free by USSR president Piotr Ilyich Kamenev (Laurence Olivier). The Catholic Archbishop is released and sent to Rome, where the ailing Pope (John Gielgud) makes him a Cardinal. The world is in a state of crisis - a famine in China is exacerbated by United States restrictions on Chinese trade and the ongoing Chinese-Soviet feud. When the Pontiff dies, Lakota finds himself elected Pope. But the new Pope Kiril I is plagued by self-doubt, by his years in prison, and by the strange world he knows so little about. This movie contains extensive information about Catholic faith & practice, as a television news reporter steps in from time-to-time to explain the procedures involved in selecting a new Pope.
1968: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Best Soundtrack, Art Direction
1968: Golden Globes: Best Motion Picture Score. Nominated for Best Motion Picture - Drama
1968: National Board of Review: Best Film
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