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Elmer Gantry

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Original title
Elmer Gantry
Running time
145 min.
United States United States
Richard Brooks (Novel: Sinclair Lewis)
Andre Previn
John Alton
Distributed by United Artists
Drama | Religion. Journalism. 1920s
Movie Groups
Sinclair Lewis Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
Elmer Gantry is a fast talking, hard drinking traveling salesman who always has a risqué story and a hip flask to entertain cronies and customers alike. He is immediately taken with Sister Sharon Falconer, a lay preacher whose hellfire and damnation revivalism has attracted quite a following. Gantry uses his own quick wit and knowledge of the bible to become an indispensable part of Sister Sharon's roadshow but soon finds that his past catches up with him in the form of Lulu Bains, now a prostitute. While Gantry seeks and eventually gets forgiveness from Sharon, tragedy strikes when she finally manages to get out of her revivalist tent and opens a permanent church.
1960: 3 Oscars: Actor (Lancaster), Supp. Actress (Jones), Adapted Screenplay
1960: Golden Globe: Actor (Lancaster). Nominated for Drama, Director, Actress, Supp. actress
1960: BAFTA Awards: Nominated for Film from any Source, Foreign Actor, Foreign Actress
1960: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1960: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Drama Screenplay
1960: National Board of Review: Top 10 Best Films and Supporting actress
1960: New York Film Critics Circle: Best actor (Lancaster).
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