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Elmer Gantry
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Elmer Gantry 1960


From Amazon: Brothers and sisters, can we get a witness for this woeful tale of saints and sinners? Burt Lancaster earned his only Oscar as the wide-smiling, glad-handing, soul-saving charlatan Elmer Gantry, a salesman who turns his gift for preaching into a career at the pulpit. Climbing on board the barnstorming evangelical tour of revivalist Sister Sharon Falconer (Jean Simmons), a true believer in the Aimee Semple McPherson mold, Gantry declaims, invokes, and sermonizes his way to the top until a former flame-turned-prostitute (Shirley Jones in an Oscar-winning performance) threatens to reveal his dark past as a womanizer and con man. Lancaster...

Directed By:
No image existsRichard Brooks
Written By:
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Starring:
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No image existsShirley Jones
No image existsJean Simmons
No image existsDean Jagger
No image existsArthur Kennedy
No image existsPatti Page
No image existsEdward Andrews
No image existsJohn McIntire
No image existsHugh Marlowe
No image existsRex Ingram

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Elmer Gantry Movie Review by Movie Addict (11/24/2007)

Based on the muckraker Sinclair Lewis' novel, and superbly translated to the screen by Richard Brooks (In Cold Blood , The Professionals, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), this story of huckster-ism by religion is a masterpiece.

Burt Lancaster player the greatest role of his career, getting his only Oscar for his performance....

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