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Elmer Gantry

DVD - 2001
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Elmer Gantry
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 : MGM Home Entertainment Inc., c2001
ISBN: 9780792849155
Branch Call Number: DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (147 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Dec 07, 2013
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Nov 27, 2013
  • 22950006357453 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

2 1/2 hrs of burt lancaster slicing up a ham

Jun 26, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I wasn't aware of the subject matter prior to borrowing the dvd. Gospel singing and religious revivals really aren't my cup of tea. Burt Lancaster and his (expletive) eating grin excels as the b.s. slinging snake-oil salesman turned bible-thumper. Shirley Jones gives an uncharacteristic and memorable performance.

Oct 29, 2011
  • downsman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Great performances all round, but particularly by Burt Lancaster whose portrayal of Gantry himself is transcendent.


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Jun 26, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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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