Elmer Gantry (1960)
|Top Topics||Alcohol, Book-Based|
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.
Fine adaptation of Sinclair Lewis's 1927 novel about a charismatic ex-football player who becomes an evangelist, plagiarizing speeches to promote himself above all else as he successfully exploits the folks of America's Corn Belt during the '20s.
(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion)..
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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Sister Sharon Falconer: But tonight is a thousand years away.
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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For the film's debut on US network television, the subplot featuring Shirley Jones in her Oscar-winning role as a prostitute was largely excised. This was because Jones was then the star of the hugely successful and very wholesome The Partridge Family.
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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