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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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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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Drama | History | War

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12 December 1963 (USA)  »

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El cardenal  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Final feature film of Russ Brown. See more »

Goofs

When the blood is flowing from the statue's heart and Father Fermoyle addresses the worshiping crowd, the length of the flow on the statue is inconsistent between cuts going from nearly all the way down the statue to being shown at midway down the statue and returning to be all the way down the statue. See more »

Quotes

Monsignor Monaghan: For Heavens sake, get them out of the church...!
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Referenced in City Lights: Episode dated 10 October 1979 (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Jubilate Alleluia
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart): Wilma Lipp and The Wiener Jeunesse Chor
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A most beautiful forgotten gem
15 November 2001 | by (New Jersey,USA) – See all my reviews

I have seen his film so many times and with very few exceptions have come to the conclusion that it is one of the most rewarding films I have ever enjoyed. The photography and art direction are beautiful but the music is stunning and available on a recent CD release. I truly feel it has been very much forgotten and am delighted that it is available in letterbox format for all to enjoy.


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