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The Cardinal (1963)

Approved | | Drama, History, War | 12 December 1963 (USA)
A young Catholic priest from Boston confronts bigotry, Naziism, and his own personal conflicts as he rises to the office of cardinal.

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Celia
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Florrie
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Frank
Cameron Prud'Homme ...
Din
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Loring Smith ...
Cornelius J. Deegan
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James Hickman ...
Father Lyons
Berenice Gahm ...
Mrs. Rampell
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Jose Duvall ...
Ramon Gongaro (as Jose Duval)
Peter MacLean ...
Father Callahan
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Bobby (as Robert {Morse} and His Adora-Belles)
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Stephen Fermoyle has grown up in Boston at the turn of the twentieth century knowing that his destiny lies with the Catholic priesthood. Finally finishing his studies in Rome, he returns to America full of certitude and ambition to one day join the College of Cardinals. But his road to that office is a long one, paved with crises. In Boston, he must decide whether to save the life of his sister or her unborn child, conceived out of wedlock. In Austria, he confronts the question of whether to remain with the priesthood or abandon his oath so that he can be with the woman he loves. In Georgia, he contends with Rome's indifference in the face of racial bigotry. And in Austria, he finds himself personally involved in the church's dealings with the Third Reich. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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A motion picture that spans two decades of conflict and drama as it tells the story of a young American and his rise to prince of the church.

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Cameraman Leon Shamroy felt that Bradford Dillman would have been better casting for the title role. However, he appreciated the professionalism of director Otto Preminger, who completed this very large-scale picture in just 53 days - quite a change from Shamroy's immediately previous assignment on "Cleopatra", which occupied him for over a year. See more »

Goofs

As Father Stephen Fermoyle (Tom Tryon) crosses the street to enter a Boston pawn shop (approximately 00:52), the shadows of an arc light and grip stand are seen on the pavement during a sweeping pan. See more »

Quotes

Cardinal Glennon: We've never had a priest working with the Mafia before. But I suppose you made some interesting contacts in Rome.
Stephen Fermoyle: I had no choice, Your Eminence. I had to work my way through the seminary by selling opium in St. Peter's Square.
Cardinal Glennon: You're not afraid of me.
Stephen Fermoyle: No.
Cardinal Glennon: Why not? Most people are.
Stephen Fermoyle: I think it's because you remind me of my father. He was known as "Den the Down Shouter," but I soon learned his roar was the only fierce thing about him.
Cardinal Glennon: He's a lucky man to have a son who's not afraid of him.
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The Irish were Egyptians long ago
(1920)
Music by Chris Smith
Lyrics by Alfred Bryan
Performed by Bill Hayes in the role of Frank
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A great film; entertaining, insightful, historically significant.
22 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

The Cardinal tracks the life of a young priest through an upwardly-mobile career to the point just prior to his being elevated to Cardinal. The historical time frame falls between the beginning of WWI and the beginning of WWII, and this volatile time in our country's history is reflected by the career of Father (later Monsignor, then Bishop) Fermoyle. Fr. Fermoyle encounters many people who touch his life and have an impact on his career which shakes his faith, and even threatens to end it at one point. You don't have to be Catholic to enjoy this film, but it would certainly help!

The location scenes in Rome, Vienna and Boston give this film a feel which helps the viewer really get involved in the plot. The moral values truly reflect the era depicted; I only wish that a return to those values were possible today.

If you like a good, dramatic story that develops characters you really get to know and care about, please see this film!


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