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The World's Greatest Sinner (1962)

 |  Drama  |  June 1962 (USA)
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A bored insurance salesman quits his job to go into politics. He first starts preaching about how man is greater than he thinks and that man can live forever. He ends up forming his own ... See full summary »

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Clarence Hilliard
Gil Barreto ...
Alonzo (as Gil Baretto)
Betty Rowland ...
Edna Hilliard
James Farley ...
Gail Griffin ...
Betty Hilliard (as Gail Griffen)
Tyde Rule ...
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Gene Koziol ...
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Dayna Madison ...
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Gitta Maynard ...
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Betty Sturm ...
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Marty Prisco ...
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Grace De Carolis ...
Mother
Carolina Samario ...
Nate
George F. Carey ...
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A bored insurance salesman quits his job to go into politics. He first starts preaching about how man is greater than he thinks and that man can live forever. He ends up forming his own political party, "The Eternal Man" party. He begins to be referred to as "God". Then he starts having doubts about the eternalness of man. Written by J. Picagli <mirjen@ibm.net>

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Composer Frank Zappa plugged this film during a "musical bicycle" demonstration on the Steve Allen Show in 1963. See more »

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When Clarence tries to learn to play the guitar (about 13 minutes into the movie). See more »

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Clarence Hilliard: Let's be different. Let's not hate anyone.
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Referenced in The Cockettes (2002) See more »

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World's Greatest Sinner
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Written by Frank Zappa
Performed by Baby Ray & The Ferns
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Brilliant Overlooked Film
24 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Every frame of this film is just simply brilliant and especially relevant today under the crazy obama nation.

Disaffected worker gets taken in by the devil and decides he will become a politician promising a super human race where everyone is equal and lives forever, becoming God in the process.

It's such a poignant pre-cursor to the mindless masses who worshiped the current president into power. Just brilliant. Complete with the rioting nut cases.

It's sad that this movie is so forgotten. It's an absolute indie classic. One of the best scenes I've seen all year.

Yes, it's choppy, and rough around the edges, but it was made over time for no money and still delivers a punch with its message.

This film is a one man driven tour de force classic. A must see.

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