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Elmer Gantry

Elmer Gantry

DVD - 2014
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One man's fervent pursuit of wealth and power leads him to religion for profit in the evangelist tents of the 1920's Midwestern Corn Belt.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA :, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ;, Beverly Hills, CA :, Distributed by Twenthieth Century Fox Home Entertainment :, Distributed by Kino Lorber Corp.,, [2014]
Edition: Widescreen version.
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE ELM
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (146 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Campari1
Jan 26, 2021

Twiggzette said it all and well (I wish I could talk to him/her, I am sure we would have an interesting conversation and agree on many topics). Unfortunately, nobody listens or pays attention.

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Ermaw
Nov 16, 2020

I have not read the book, but love this movie. Burt Lancaster is perfect for this part. Don’t miss it

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akirakato
Mar 14, 2020

Directed by Richard Brooks in 1960 based on the 1927 novel of the same name by Sinclair Lewis, this American drama depicts the story about a con man and a female evangelist selling religion to small-town America.
Crude, cumbersome, unconvincing and unrealistic!

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4536o
Oct 09, 2019

Saw this while in high school, and didn't pick up on everything that I do now. It feels a bit dated as cinema but, unfortunately, not-at-all-dated as an observation of American public life. Actually, Sister Sharon seemed genuine in her faith and wish to spread love -- unlike her totally venial present-day counterparts, who are obvious Pharisees (with due apologies to the historic Pharisees).

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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. Much of his preaching was lifted from the sermons of the real life evangelist of the period, Billy Sunday.

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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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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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