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Elmer Gantry (1960)

 -  Drama  -  July 1960 (USA)
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A fast-talking traveling salesman with a charming, loquacious manner convinces a sincere evangelist that he can be an effective preacher for her cause.

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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. Written by garykmcd

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Based on the bold novel by Nobel Prize Winner SINCLAIR LEWIS See more »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastman Color)

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A highly controversial novel in its day, no studio initially wanted to finance the film. See more »

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Sharon gets into the car, behind the wheel and tells Elmer to get in, which he does, on the passenger side. In the next shot, the car goes by with Elmer driving. See more »

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George Babbitt: Besides, I'm for a free press, for free enterprise... and for whatever the hell the other freedoms are!
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Crazy Credits

Scrolled before the opening credits: "We believe that certain aspects of Revivalism can bear examination- that the conduct of some revivalists makes a mockery of the traditional beliefs and practices of organized Christianity! We believe that everyone has a right to worship according to his conscience, but- Freedom of Religion is not license to abuse the faith of the people! However, due to the highly controversial nature of this film, we strongly urge you to prevent impressionable children from seeing it!" See more »

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Featured in The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) See more »

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Let Jesus Come into Your Heart
(1898) (uncredited)
Written by Leila N. Morris
Sung by the audience at a revival meeting
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This is the movie Steve Martin was trying to make when he did "Leap of Faith"
15 March 1999 | by (Indianapolis, IN) – See all my reviews

The titular character starts out as a cynical small time hustler discovering a good scam joining up with a traveling revival show, and casting his eye to the charismatic and comely lady preacher leading it.

What is really good is how the character develops, and gradually becomes a good sincere Christian, which is best seen in his interaction with the Shirley Jones character.

She is a preacher's kid who was disowned by her father before the start of the movie timeline after he caught Elmer "ramming the fear of god" into her. She has since become a prostitute, and has the opportunity to repay Elmer's earlier callous treatment.

Oh, yes, I know these people, or at least watered down real life versions of them. This movie really gets at the charismatic Christianity of the heartlands, and the strong sexual tensions running just beneath the surface. Oh, I bet Jimmy Swaggart for one knew JUST what they were getting at.


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