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Based on the diary Pope John XXIII kept between the ages of 14 and 18, his lifelong concern for tolerance, the underprivileged, and world peace is told. Rod Steiger, in the central role, acts as "intermediary" between the Pope and the audience, interpreting John's words, thoughts and actions. Steiger visits the actual places in which John lived, recreating the conditions, environment, and forces that affected his development. Through this unusual technique, we are brought close to an extraordinary man - one who's able to win the love of many people of all faiths.

  1. Ermanno Olmi

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Pope John XXIII


  3. Vincenzo Labella


Top Billed Cast

  1. Rod Steiger

    Rod Steiger

    The Intermediary

  2. Adolfo Celi

    Adolfo Celi

    Msgr. Radini Tedeschi

  3. Giorgo Fortunato

    Segretario del nunzio Roncalli

  4. Ottone Candiani

    Il prete peccatore di Venezia

  5. Alfonso Orlando

    Il parrroco

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A Man Named John


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Original Title E venne un uomo

Status Released

Release Information

  • April 3, 1968


Original Language English

Runtime 1h 30m

Budget -

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