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Elmer Gantry (1960)

146 min - Drama - 19 June 1960
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When hedonistic but charming con man Elmer Gantry (Burt Lancaster) meets the beautiful Sister Sharon Falconer (Jean Simmons), a roadside revivalist, he feigns piousness to join her act as a passionate preacher. The two make a successful onstage pair, and their chemistry extends to romance. Both the show and their relationship are threatened, however, when one of Gantry's ex-lovers (Shirley Jones) decides that she has a score to settle with the charismatic performer.

Director:  Richard Brooks
Stars:  Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons, Arthur Kennedy, Dean Jagger, Shirley Jones, Patti Page, Edward Andrews, John McIntire, Hugh Marlowe, Joe Maross, Philip Ober, Barry Kelley, Wendell Holmes, Dayton Lummis

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When hedonistic but charming con man Elmer Gantry (Burt Lancaster) meets the beautiful Sister Sharon Falconer (Jean Simmons), a roadside revivalist, he feigns piousness to join her act as a passionate preacher. The two make a successful onstage pair, and their chemistry extends to romance. Both the show and their relationship are threatened, however, when one of Gantry's ex-lovers (Shirley Jones) decides that she has a score to settle with the charismatic performer.



Tagline: If there was a dollar to be made - Gantry would make it... If there was a soul to be saved - Gantry would save it...

Genres: Drama

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Country:   United States of America
Language:  English
Release Date:  19 June 1960

Box Office

Budget:  $3,000,000
Revenue:  $10,400,000

Company Credits

Production Companies:  United Artists

Technical Specs

Runtime:  2 h 26 min

Academy Award Nominations

ACTOR — Burt Lancaster {“Elmer Gantry”}
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Shirley Jones {“Lulu Bains”}
MUSIC (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture) — Andre Previn
BEST MOTION PICTURE — Bernard Smith, Producer
WRITING (Screenplay–based on material from another medium) — Richard Brooks


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