Elmer Gantry

Elmer Gantry

DVD - 2001
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Lancaster stars as Gantry, a charismatic preacher who promises eternal salvation, but who personally pursues wealth and power.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, c2001.
Edition: Widescreen.
ISBN: 9780792849155
0792849159
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (147 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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Twiggzette
Dec 22, 2018

This film should be required viewing for all high school children to warn them of the extremely seductive attractions and extreme vices of Evangelistic so-called "christianity". It should be considered just as important to high school education as "safe sex" and even more than the namby pampy, PC "Civics Courses" they 'teach' to brainwash our children. We have a so-called, insanely destructive "president" partly elected by these ignorant Evangelistic fools. They were so terrified of this film when it was released that it was banned by many bible belt cities and even by several religiously-bigoted states --- almost all Confederate if my research is correct. And, I've never seen it on public TV because it's "toxic" because it is a scathing repudiation of religious intolerance and corruption within Evangelistic and Charismatic "christian" sects. Read the book. It's better than the movie because it was written by Sinclair Lewis, one of the 20th Century's greatest novelists, and it doesn't have the excesses that Hollywood has to add to generate revenue from the masses.

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ThomasJWhiting
Nov 24, 2018

VERY GOOD 1960 film with salesman hustler Burt Lancaster joining in with a travelling revivalist religious group working in tents in 1920's small town America circa Kansas. He gets romantically enthralled by evangelist Sister Sharon Falconer played by Jean Simmons. When his old flame Lulu (played by Shirley Jones) shows up so does the film plot, etc.

This is an interesting adaptation of Sinclair Lewis' novel - considerably reduced in scope, but is an enthralling slice of Hollywood film history.

Lancaster (Best Actor) and Jones (Best Supporting Actress) received Academy Awards for their efforts.

Very Good and recommended 1960 film 'The Apartment' with Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray did beat 'Elmer Gantry' for Best Picture, but it's really worth a watch.

If real evangelists had the star power of a Burt Lancaster, they could take over the country.

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CurlyWhirly
Sep 23, 2018

Hallelujah! Amen! As usual mega-conceited actor, Burt Lancaster tries to up-stage everyone else in this picture. He recklessly chews up the scenery, non-stop, thinking in his deluded, over-inflated, egocentric mind that that's what great acting is all about. Lancaster's performance as the title character rings so false that before long his performance comes across as a parody of itself and it's at that point that his "Elmer (Fudd)" portrayal really begins to grate on the viewer's nerves, big-time.

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Janice21383
Sep 23, 2018

Based on the real life career of Aimee Semple McPherson and the religious chicanery of her times. But change the costumes, and exchange the Tin Lizzies for SUVs, and the Elmer Gantry story could be told about today. Burt Lancaster hams it up outrageously, the way an evangelist working the tents would do, and Jean Simmons gives a surprisingly fair and sympathetic performance as his dear Sister. Shirley Jones won Best Supporting Actress as a hooker with a five-dollar heart of gold.

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1C00lgrannie
Mar 13, 2018

An excellent and controversational movie for its time! Enjoyed seeing this vintage movie classic after watching it so many years ago! Burt Lancaster at his finest, as are all the other actors.

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Davidf05
Feb 23, 2017

If there is a movie character that you want to HATE that has to be Elmer Gentry,this movie was OK.

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naturalist
Jan 23, 2016

also see:
“Marjoe” – “you keep the faith, Marjoe keeps the money”
a film by Howard Smith and Sarah Kernochan 1972
Hugh Marjoe Ross Gortner 1944-
ISBN-10: 0767087887, ISBN-13: 978-0767087889
Academy Awards, USA, 1972: Oscar - Best Documentary
and,
“Marjoe’s False Teaching Teaches Us About False Teachers”
by Kendrick Kuo, posted June 26, 2013, to Patheos
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/schaeffersghost/2013/06/marjoes-false-teaching-teaches-us-about-false-teachers/

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Nursebob
Dec 18, 2015

Highly controversial for its cynical portrayal of organized religion as something of a con game (how little things have changed over the decades), Richard Brooks’ adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’ novel pits Sister Falconer’s steadfast faith against Gantry’s opportunistic blustering while an atheist newspaper reporter covering her ministry serves as a referee of sorts. What happens when the good Sister begins to question her convictions and the former salesman begins to believe his own sermons makes for one helluva show culminating in an apocalyptic finale which will have believers pondering deep thoughts and everyone else smirking over the pile of ironies.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 07, 2013

Richard Brooks's 1960 adaptation of Sinclair Lewis's novel about a hypocritical, smarmy evangelist. Burt Lancaster plays the lead and won an Oscar for it. Yes, he's over the top, but it works for the role and it's enjoyable to see him in a less than heroic role (although he's better in "Sweet Smell of Success"). Jean Simmons plays the sweet lady evangelist that he falls for, Arthur Kennedy is a skeptical reporter and Shirley Jones is a prostitute who frames Gantry. She's only in a few scenes, but also won an Oscar, as did Brooks for his screenplay. It's a little long, but it takes on religious extravagance in a bold and energetic fashion. Brooks and Lancaster also did the western "The Professionals" together." Note: contrary to the previous comment, no ham is sliced in this film.

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EvidencePhotog
Jun 09, 2015

"Mister, I've been converted five times. Billy Sunday, Reverend Biederwolf, Gypsy Smith, and twice by Sister Falconer. I get terrible drunk, and then I get good and saved. Both of them done me a powerful lot of good - gettin' drunk and gettin' saved. Well, good night."

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Monolith
Jun 26, 2013

im Lefferts: "You look like a man who could use a drink." Elmer Gantry: "You know somethin', Jim? There oughta be a law against drinkin'." Jim Lefferts: "There is. Prohibition." Elmer Gantry: "That's against sellin', not drinkin'!" Jim Lefferts: "Amen."

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