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Elmer Gantry (1960)

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Director:

Richard Brooks

Starring:

Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons, Dean Jagger, Arthur Kennedy, Shirley Jones

Genres:

Drama Classics, US Classics

Origin:

USA

Certificate:

PG

Running Time:

141 min

Elmer Gantry

synopsis


Featuring Burt Lancaster in a brilliant, Best Actor Oscar-winning performance, Elmer Gantry is an unforgettable screen drama by writer/director Richard Brooks (In Cold Blood, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof). Handsome, opportunistic, immoral. Travelling salesman Elmer Gantry (Lancaster) is all this and more. So when he stumbles into a revival meeting and discovers that he can hustle money in a tent-show as easily as in a saloon, Gantry converts to evangelism. Joining forces with Sister Sharon Falconer (beautiful Jean Simmons), he delivers demon-blasting oratories that bring him fame and fortune. But when an old flame (Shirley Jones) re-appears, Gantry is forced to confront demons of a more worldly order - long-buried secrets that will make his "saintly" life a veritable Hell on Earth!

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Elmer Gantry
Classic lover
21 October 2009
member rating

Burt Lancaster is brilliant in the movie version of Sinclair Lewis's classic tale. Whilst the movie starts around chapter 8 of the book - whether you see the characters as good or bad is a question of your own values. A classic tale casting questions over Christian revivalism that is as pertinent today.


 
 

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