The Shoes of the Fisherman

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Released 1968

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Director:
Michael Anderson
Released:
1968
Rating:
G
The Shoes of the Fisherman is a 1968 religious drama starring Oscar winners Anthony Quinn, Sir Lawrence Olivier and Sir John Gielgud in an epic examination of the Church and world politics. The film imagines the world in the late 1980s as time when the world a feud between Russia and China has put the world on the brink of a nuclear holocaust. The Russian ruler Kamenev (Laurence Olivier) decides to release the Archbishop Kiril Lakota (Anthony Quinn) from a Siberian labor camp after 20 years of imprisonment. He hopes Lakota can convince the world that Russia wants peace. Lakota travels to Rome and meets The Elder Pope (John Gielgud), who elevates Lakota to Cardinal before dying. Unexpectedly, the Congress of Cardinals elect Lakota to Pope and he finds himself in a powerful position in a world that he hardly knows. He disguises himself as an ordinary man and explores the city so that he can understand how times have changed. Along the way, he interacts with ordinary citizens and comes to understand how he can help this new world.moreless
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    Religion & Spirituality, Classics