A Man Named John

A Man Named John (Italian: E venne un uomo) is a 1965 drama film directed by Ermanno Olmi and starring Rod Steiger.[1]

A Man Named John
Directed byErmanno Olmi
Produced byVincenzo Labella
Harry Saltzman
Written byPope John XXIII
Ermanno Olmi
Vincenzo Labella
StarringRod Steiger
CinematographyPiero Portalupi
Edited byCarla Colombo
Release date
Running time
90 minutes


The film is a biography of Pope John XXIII, who, however, does not appear in the film as an actual character. Instead Rod Steiger acts as an "intermediary", telling the Pope's life story while traveling through the places in Bergamo where he grew up.


  • Rod Steiger - The Intermediary
  • Adolfo Celi - Msgr. Radini Tedeschi
  • Giorgo Fortunato - Segretario del nunzio Roncalli
  • Ottone Candiani - Il prete peccatore di Venezia
  • Alfonso Orlando - Il parrroco
  • Alberto Rossi - Angelo Roncalli - Age 7
  • Giovanni Rossi - Angelo Roncalli - Age 10 (as Giovannio Rossi)
  • Fabrisio Rossi - Angelo Roncalli - Age 4
  • Pietro Germi - Pontiff's Father
  • Rita Bertocchi - Pontiff's Mother
  • Antonio Bertocchi - Uncle Xavier
  • Antonio Ruttigni - Don Pietro, parrocco di Carviso
  • Romolo Valli - The Intermediary (voice)


  1. "New York Times: A Man Named John". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-08-27.
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