The Shoes of the Fisherman

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A dour and thoroughly unconvincing film of Morris West's novel about a Russian bishop who survives twenty years in Siberia to become Pope Zorba, and who undertakes to spend the Church's wealth to stave off nuclear war. At which point you might expect the Vatican to have him quietly bumped off, but there's no such realism here, just weighty performances, rich settings, and David Janssen as a US journalist with domestic troubles.

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Release details

Duration: 157 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Michael Anderson
Screenwriter: John Patrick, James Kennaway
Cast: Anthony Quinn
Oskar Werner
Laurence Olivier
David Janssen
Barbara Jefford
Leo McKern
Vittorio De Sica
John Gielgud
Clive Revill
Paul Rogers
Niall MacGinnis