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Elmer Gantry - poster
RedateljRichard Brooks
ScenaristRichard Brooks
Sinclair Lewis
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Elmer Gantry

Elmer Gantry (1960)

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Šarmantni varalica i putujući trgovac Elmer Gantry (Burt Lancaster) nailazi na grupu putujućih pripadnika evanđelističke crkve koje predvodi sestra Susan Falconer (Jean Simmons). Očaran njenom ljepotom ali i mogućnošću lake zarade, impresionira ju svojom slatkorječivošću te postaje član njene putujuće zajednice. Uskoro počinje i propovijedati te zahvaljujući njegovom odlučnom, zastrašujućem stilu i njenoj anđeoskoj pojavi njih dvoje postaju velike zvijezde. Popularnost im donosi i velik novac te sestra Susan napokon može ostvariti svoj san o izgradnji vlastite crkve. Između Elmera i Susan dolazi do uzajamne privlačnosti i ljubavi. Po prvi put pozvani su u veliki grad gdje Elmera prepoznaje prostitutka Lula (Shirley Jones) koju je nekoć upravo on doveo do takve sudbine, iskoristivši ju, a zatim pobjegavši. Kada u javnost izlazi priča o tome kako je pravi Gantry varalica i ženskaroš čini se da je svemu došao kraj...


Only a portion of Nobel Prize-winner Sinclair Lewis once-notorious 1927 novel was used for this film adaptation, but since its the portion in which the evangelizing protagonist sheds his hypocrisy for sincerity, it was enough to appeal to star Burt Lancaster. Elmer Gantry (Lancaster), a drunken, dishonest street preacher allegedly patterned on Billy Sunday, wangles a job with the travelling tent ministry conducted by Sister Sharon Falconer (Jean Simmons). Thanks to Gantrys enthusiastic hellfire-and-brimstone sermons, Sister Sharons operation rises to fame and fortune, enough so that Sharon realizes her dream of building her own enormous tabernacle. These ambitions are put in jeopardy when a prostitute (Oscar-winning Shirley Jones), a former ministers daughter whod been deflowered by Gantry years earlier, lures Gantry into a compromising situation and has photographs taken. He survives this setback, and Sister Sharon is able to construct her tabernacle. On opening night, Sharon, who has always wondered whether or not her healing powers were real or if they were just the results of wishful thinking, seemingly effects a genuine cure for a crippled parishioner. It took several years for any Hollywood studio to take a chance with Lewis hot-potato novel, and when it finally did arrive on the screen, producer/director Richard Brooks was compelled to downplay the more "sacrilegious" passages in the original. Even so, Elmer Gantry was considered raw meat in 1960, so much so that United Artists, anticipating the much-later MPAA ratings system, decreed that no one under 16 could attend the film unless accompanied by an adult. Also appearing in Elmer Gantry are Arthur Kennedy as the obligatory H.L. Mencken-style atheistic journalist, and Edward Andrews as George Babbitt, a character borrowed from another Sinclair Lewis novel. . Hal Erickson

Elmer Gantry, salesman, teams up with Sister Sharon Falconer, evangelist, to sell religion to America in the 1920s. They make enough money to build a temple, and Sister Sharon falls for Elmer. Elmer, is tested by temptation and almost capitulations, but is than wrongly accused by the jilted temptress. But Sharon stands by her man and truth prevails, until both are seduced by fame and blind faith over common sense, and fate deals them a crushing blow.

Summary written by Colin Tinto {cst@imdb.com}

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