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The Jeweller sells wedding rings to a young couple and teaches them some precious truths about the meaning of love and marriage. He also helps another couple fight for their troubled marriage, rebuilding their relationship.

Director:

Michael Anderson

Writers:

Pope John Paul II (play) (as Karol Wojtyla), Jeff Andrus (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Lancaster ... The Jeweller
Daniel Olbrychski ... Father Adam
Ben Cross ... Stephane
Andrea Occhipinti ... André
Olivia Hussey ... Thérèse
Jo Champa ... Anna
Melora Hardin ... Monica
Jonathan Crombie ... Christophe
Francesca Bregni Francesca Bregni ... Liliana
Alessandra Casella Alessandra Casella ... Christina
Gianluigi Ghione Gianluigi Ghione ... Jurek
Philippe Lasry Philippe Lasry ... Polish Conductor
Paul Muller ... Conductor
Isabel Schiffmacker Isabel Schiffmacker ... Danuta
Brigitte Vauclair Brigitte Vauclair ... Nurse
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The Jeweller sells wedding rings to a young couple and teaches them some precious truths about the meaning of love and marriage. He also helps another couple fight for their troubled marriage, rebuilding their relationship.

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priest | jeweller | based on play | See All (3) »

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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Country:

Italy | Austria | West Germany | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1989 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Laden des Goldschmieds See more »

Filming Locations:

Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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The premiere was held in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican. See more »

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The Jeweller: The weight of these gold rings is not the weight of metal, but the proper weight of man. Man's own weight. Yes, the proper weight of man. It's the weight of constant gravity, riveted to a short flight. Freedom and frenzy trapped in a tangle. And in that tangle, in that weight which at the same time is heavy and intangible, there is love - love which springs from freedom, like water from a rift in the earth. So tell me, my young friend, what is the proper weight of man?
André: I don't know.
The Jeweller: Man is not ...
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Need for Stories Like "The Jeweller"
26 February 2011 | by elle-69See all my reviews

It has been quite a culture shock, in only 50 years, so many of our basics - including our feelings about marriage - turned about and pointed in the other direction entirely!

This film endeavors to address it all and it does - in a helpful, sensitive and entertaining fashion.

Not long ago, Marriage was assumed to be the natural and most desirable path for any decent person. Then came the population explosions, and upgrading of human rights/responsibilities in all directions and social experiments running rampant, with human guinea pigs for the project.

Changing approaches to marriage has been one of these experiments. The human experience sources partly in the wonder of the special relationship of TWO - but today, people do exactly as the young couple in the story - they express doubt - they ask "why ?"

And that is the thing: not all that long ago no one would wonder about marriage - it was half the foundation of adult life. To question marriage would be a horrifying prospect. And today it is much more than a questioning - it is often a casting off of marriage - this new reality - and those coming of age are even happy with this sad idea !

The Jeweler's Shop is not perfect. Criticize the film for "missing it" in places but films like this and NEEDED and more of them.

Technically, the story is an allegory or even a parable of sorts, since it has a moral and lesson for us, and many of its mechanics are simplified to empower the moral.

And yet it was written so it could be simply enjoyed for its story without the moral message coming on too heavily. And we were entertained. Nice.

Would I have watched this film if it had not been written by Pope John Paul II in his theater arts days? I don't know.

But, it was lovely! Thank you...Dzien cuje!


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