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Elmer Gantry Overview:

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)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorBurt LancasterWon
Best Supporting ActressShirley JonesWon
Best Music - ScoringAndre PrevinNominated
Best PictureBernard Smith, ProducerNominated
Best WritingRichard BrooksWon
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Sister Sharon Falconer: But tonight is a thousand years away.


George Babbitt: Besides, I'm for a free press, for free enterprise... and for whatever the hell the other freedoms are!


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!


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200 stunt people and 1200 extras were used for the fire scenes.
The character "Jim Lefferts" is clearly based on H.L. Mencken. Elmer Gantry mentions Mencken at about the 88th minute of the film.
Among the writers Gantry condemns in one of his sermons is Sinclair Lewis, the author of the book the film is based on.
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