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The Devil's Disciple (1959)

Approved | | Comedy, History, Romance | 20 August 1959 (USA)
The black sheep of a family and the local minister discover their true vocations during the Revolutionary War.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »
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Cast

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Neil McCallum ...
Christie Dudgeon (as Neil Mc Callum)
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Edict Sergeant
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Storyline

In a small New England town during the American War of Independence, Dick Dudgeon, a revolutionary American Puritan, is mistaken for local minister Rev. Anthony Anderson and arrested by the British. Dick discovers himself incapable of accusing another human to suffer and continues to masquerade as the reverend. The minister's wife, Judith, is moved by Dick's actions and mistakenly interprets them as an expression of love for her. In spite of his protestations she finds herself romantically attracted to him. Brought before British commander General Burgoyne, Dudgeon displays his willingness to die for his principles. At the last minute Dick is saved from ministerial pursuits to become a revolutionary leader. Written by alfiehitchie

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One devil of a motion picture !

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Comedy | History | Romance | War

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Release Date:

20 August 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El discípulo del diablo  »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first of two large-scale movies filmed between 1958-60 from which Alexander Mackendrick was removed as director. The other was The Guns of Navarone (1961) See more »

Goofs

As the British troops are clearing the felled trees in the forest, General Burgoyne summons Swindon to his carriage. As Swindon presents himself, he inexplicably salutes with his left hand. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Give a Major Swindon enough rope, and he'll always hang somebody.
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Connections

Version of BBC Sunday-Night Theatre: The Devil's Disciple (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle
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traditional 18th Century Anglo-American folk song
Heard under main title
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Overlooked , underrated gem
10 July 2000 | by (warren michigan) – See all my reviews

Oddly enough, very few good films have been made about The American revolution, and this is one of them.Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster put in very fine performances, with Lancaster acting against type as the priggish, self-righteous minister who transforms himself into a dashing, wickedly, hero, and Kirk Douglas as the sardonic, cynical, Satanic, selfish, and utterly delightful Dick Dudgeon, who transforms himself inot an altruistic, self sacrificing hero. Laurence Oliviers performance is little too langourous and flat, until he delivers the films great punch-line, "history will lie, as usual." Of course, it may be that the films sharp-eyed, toughly ironic view of the revolution has militated against it ever gaining the popularity it deserves


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