- Original title
- Running time
- 145 min.
- United States
Richard Brooks (Novel: Sinclair Lewis)
Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons, Shirley Jones, Arthur Kennedy, Dean Jagger, Rex Ingram, Hugh Marlowe, Edward Andrews, Patti Page, John McIntire, Joe Maross, Philip Ober, Barry Kelley
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.
: 3 Oscars: Actor (Lancaster), Supp. Actress (Jones), Adapted Screenplay
: Golden Globe: Actor (Lancaster). Nominated for Drama, Director, Actress, Supp. actress
: BAFTA Awards: Nominated for Film from any Source, Foreign Actor, Foreign Actress
: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Drama Screenplay
: National Board of Review: Top 10 Best Films and Supporting actress
: New York Film Critics Circle: Best actor (Lancaster).
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