Karol: A Man Who Became Pope

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Overview

While the major American TV networks were jockeying to be the first to present a filmed biography of the late Pope John Paul II, cable's humble Hallmark Channel managed to beat everyone to the punch with the four-hour Karol: A Man Who Became Pope. Actually, this made-for-TV film was a Polish-Italian co-production, debuting on Italian television as Karol, un Uomo Diventato Papa on April 8, 2005, and subsequently released theatrically in Poland. Curiously, it had been filmed in English, so no dubbing was necessary ...
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Overview

While the major American TV networks were jockeying to be the first to present a filmed biography of the late Pope John Paul II, cable's humble Hallmark Channel managed to beat everyone to the punch with the four-hour Karol: A Man Who Became Pope. Actually, this made-for-TV film was a Polish-Italian co-production, debuting on Italian television as Karol, un Uomo Diventato Papa on April 8, 2005, and subsequently released theatrically in Poland. Curiously, it had been filmed in English, so no dubbing was necessary -- thus enabling Hallmark to rush the production onto American screens as early as August 15, 2005. Piotr Adamczyk stars as Karol Wojtyla, whose tireless fight for humanity and basic fundamental rights begins with the German invasion of his native Poland in 1939. Appalled at the brutal treatment afforded his Jewish friends, Karol turns to religion as a means of making a difference in the world, and with the help of several other like-minded individuals mounts a nonviolent, but extremely effective, anti-Nazi resistance. Ordained as a priest at war's end, Karol finds himself fighting another form of godless totalitarianism, this one from the Communists who have overtaken his country. Ultimately, Father Karol Wojtyla's noble mission culminates in his being elected as Pope John Paul II in 1978 -- and it was surely no coincidence that Poland's liberation was now but a matter of time. Although A Man Who Became Pope looks lavish and expensive, it was very economically produced, and had made back its cost many times over before its acquisition by Hallmark. The film is also a "winner" in terms of its straight-on portrayal of the pontiff, and the commendably sincere, unadorned performances of virtually every actor in the cast.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes; Karol Wojtyla's Speech After His Election to Pontiff
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/2006
  • UPC: 025192985621
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 3:07:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 24,077

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Piotr Adamczyk Karol Wojtyla
Malgorzata Bela Hania
Kenneth Welsh Prof. Wojcik, Professor Wojcik
Ken Duken Adam, Adam Zielinski
Matt Craven Hans Frank
Raoul Bova Tomasz Zaleski, Father Tomasz Zaleski
Violante Placido Maria, Maria Pomorska
Hristo Shopov Julian Kordek
Kaja Bien Rozalia Kluger
Szymon Bobrowski Capt. Macke
Jakub Bohosiewicz Ludwik
Anna Cieslak Tesia Kluger
Sambor Czarnota Jusek
Mateusz Damiecki Wiktor
Andrzej Deskur Father Stanislaw
Ennio Fantastichini Nowak
Beata Fido Sister Maksencja
Gabriela Frycz Eliza
Mateusz Janicki Milan Hryc
Weronika Ksiazkiewicz Mrs. Waechter
Marek Litewka Wilhelm Kluger
Olgierd Lukaszewicz Karol's Father
Lech Mackiewicz Wyszynski
Adrian Ochalik Jerzy Kluger
Izabella Olszewska Grandmother Huppert
Radoslaw Pazura Pawel
Slawomir Rokita Cardinal Felici
Piotr Rozanski Jan Tyranowski
Andrzej Rozmus Michal
Patrycja Soliman Wislawa
Janusz Szydlowski Zenon Kliszko
Thomas Welch Jozef
Technical Credits
Giacomo Battiato Director, Screenwriter
Alessandro Heffler Editor
Gianni Mammolotti Cinematographer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Camilla Nesbitt Executive Producer
Carmelo Pennisi Screenwriter
Janusz Sosnowski Production Designer
Pietro Valsecchi Producer
Anna Zaneva Casting
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Karol: A Man Who Became Pope
1. Chapter 1 [11:34]
2. Chapter 2 [7:58]
3. Chapter 3 [6:57]
4. Chapter 4 [10:05]
5. Chapter 5 [6:01]
6. Chapter 6 [7:02]
7. Chapter 7 [7:33]
8. Chapter 8 [6:54]
9. Chapter 9 [8:48]
10. Chapter 10 [5:45]
11. Chapter 11 [6:30]
12. Chapter 12 [6:09]
13. Chapter 13 [6:37]
14. Chapter 14 [8:59]
15. Chapter 15 [9:37]
16. Chapter 16 [8:50]
17. Chapter 17 [7:38]
18. Chapter 18 [8:58]
19. Chapter 19 [6:19]
20. Chapter 20 [6:21]
21. Chapter 21 [10:07]
22. Chapter 22 [4:20]
23. Chapter 23 [6:36]
24. Chapter 24 [10:04]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Karol: A Man Who Became Pope
   Scenes
   Bonus Features
      Deleted Scenes
      Karol Wojtyla's Speech After His Election to Pontiff
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English
      Spoken Language: Español
      Spoken Language: Polski
      Spoken Language: Italiano
      Subtitles: English SDH
      Subtitles: Off
   Play
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  • Posted January 28, 2011

    A wonderful movie about a wonderful man...

    This is an absolutely phenomenal and emotionally moving film about Pope John Paul II. I was able to catch it on EWTN one afternoon. Being a Catholic and follower of the Pope's philosophies and teachings, I was compelled to watch this especially having known so very little about the Pope's personal history.
    He was truly a man of God.
    Anyone can watch this film, no matter what religion or denomination, and take away a profound respect and admiration for Karol Wojtyla - The Man Who Became Pope, and the man who stood for Love and Peace.

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