Elmer Gantry (1960) was a Drama Film directed by Richard Brooks and produced by Bernard Smith.
The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Sinclair Lewis published in 1927.
Academy Awards 1960 --- Ceremony Number 33 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actor||Burt Lancaster||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress||Shirley Jones||Won|
|Best Music - Scoring||Andre Previn||Nominated|
|Best Picture||Bernard Smith, Producer||Nominated|
|Best Writing||Richard Brooks||Won|
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Lulu Bains: Oh, he gave me special instructions back of the pulpit Christmas Eve. He got to howlin' "Repent! Repent!" and I got to moanin' "Save me! Save me!" and the first thing I know he rammed the fear of God into me so fast I never heard my old man's footsteps!
Elmer Gantry: Sin, sin, sin! You're all sinners! You're all doomed to perdition!
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When he first learned that Richard Brooks was interested in adapting his novel, Sinclair Lewis told him that he should change it significantly, advising him to read all the criticisms of the book and use them as a way to improve on it.
In a hate-filled sermon, Gantry denounces a number of "heresies" including "Russellism". This is a reference to Charles Taze Russell, first president of the (current) Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, the legal organization used by Jehovah's Witnesses.
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