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Release Date:
12 December 1963 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A young Catholic priest from Boston confronts bigotry, Naziism, and his own personal conflicts as he rises to the office of cardinal. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
This film had a lot of impact among Catholics in 1963. See more (45 total) »

Cast

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Tom Tryon ... Stephen Fermoyle

Carol Lynley ... Mona / Regina Fermoyle

Dorothy Gish ... Celia
Maggie McNamara ... Florrie
Bill Hayes ... Frank
Cameron Prud'Homme ... Din

Cecil Kellaway ... Monsignor Monaghan
Loring Smith ... Cornelius J. Deegan

John Saxon ... Benny Rampell
James Hickman ... Father Lyons
Berenice Gahm ... Mrs. Rampell

John Huston ... Glennon
Jose Duvall ... Ramon Gongaro (as Jose Duval)
Peter MacLean ... Father Callahan

Robert Morse ... Bobby (as Robert {Morse} and His Adora-Belles)
Billy Reed ... Master of Ceremonies
Pat Henning ... Hercule Menton

Burgess Meredith ... Father Ned Halley

Jill Haworth ... Lalage Menton
Russ Brown ... Dr. Heller

Raf Vallone ... Cardinal Quarenghi
Tullio Carminati ... Cardinal Giacobbi

Ossie Davis ... Father Gillis
Francesco Mancini ... Master of Ceremonies (Ordination) (as Don Francesco Mancini of Veroli)
Dino Di Luca ... Italian Monsignor
Donald Hayne ... Father Eberling

Chill Wills ... Monsignor Whittle
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Sheriff Dubrow
Doro Merande ... Woman Picket

Patrick O'Neal ... Cecil Turner

Murray Hamilton ... Lafe

Romy Schneider ... Annemarie
Peter Weck ... Kurt Von Hartman
Rudolf Forster ... Drunk Man at the Ball
Josef Meinrad ... Cardinal Innitzer
Dagmar Schmedes ... Madame Walter
Erik Frey ... Seyss-Inquart (as Eric Frey)
Josef Krastel ... Von Hartman Butler
Matthias Fuchs ... Father Neidermoser
Vilma Degischer ... Sister Wilhelmina

Wolfgang Preiss ... S.S. Major
Jürgen Wilke ... Army Lieutenant (as Jurgen Wilke)
Wilma Lipp ... Soloist
Eric van Nuys
Stefan Skodler (as Stephan Skodler)
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John Breslin ... Priest (uncredited)

Jed Curtis ... Young Monk (uncredited)
John Dierkes ... Redneck (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
David Opatoshu ... Mr. Rampell (uncredited)
Glenn Strange ... Redneck (uncredited)

Dan White ... Lamar (uncredited)
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Directed by
Otto Preminger 
 
Writing credits
Robert Dozier (screenplay)

Henry Morton Robinson (novel)

Ring Lardner Jr.  uncredited

Produced by
Otto Preminger .... producer
Martin C. Schute .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Jerome Moross 
 
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Louis R. Loeffler 
 
Casting by
Bill Barnes 
 
Production Design by
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Gene Callahan 
 
Costume Design by
Donald Brooks 
 
Makeup Department
Robert Jiras .... makeup artist
Frederic Jones .... hairdressing (as Frederick Jones)
Dick Smith .... makeup artist
Maurice Seiderman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Guy Luongo .... production manager (International Film Services-Rome )
Eva Monley .... production manager
Harrison Starr .... production manager
Paul Waldherr .... production manager (Danubia Films-Vienna )
Henry Weinberger .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bryan Coates .... assistant director
Roberto Fizz .... assistant director (as Robert Fiz)
Hermann Leitner .... assistant director
Gerry O'Hara .... assistant director
Bob Vietro .... assistant director
Erich von Stroheim Jr. .... assistant director (as Eric Von Stroheim Jr.)
 
Art Department
Fred Bockstahler .... construction grip
Art Cole .... property master
Tom Frewer .... property master
Otto Niedermoser .... art director: Vienna
Saul Bass .... poster designer (uncredited)
Italo Tomassi .... scene painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Morris Feingold .... sound
Walter Goss .... sound
Red Law .... sound
Harold Lewis .... sound
Peter Thornton .... sound effects editor
 
Stunts
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Atcheler .... camera operator
Fred Hall .... chief gaffer
Kenneth Lang .... best boy
Leo McCreary .... key grip
Saul Midwall .... camera operator
Piero Portalupi .... second unit camera
Morris Rosen .... key grip
Paul Uhl .... camera operator
Francesco Brescini .... electrician (uncredited)
Clyde Taylor .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hope Bryce .... costume coordinator
Joe King .... wardrobe
George Newman .... wardrobe
Flo Transfield .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Leon Birnbaum .... music editor
Gary Hughes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Elfi von Dassanowsky .... vocal coach (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Saul Bass .... titles
Don Nivardo Buttarazzi .... abbot: Abbey at Casamari
Kathleen Fagan .... script supervisor
Donald Hayne .... technical advisor
Otto Preminger .... presenter
Nat Rudich .... executive assistant to producer
Don Raffaele Scaccia .... prior: Abbey at Casamari
Buddy Schwab .... choreographer
Max Slater .... dialogue coach
John Dunaway .... production secretary (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
175 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
6-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:TV-14 | USA:Approved (certificate #20518) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
The Vatican bankrolled some of the film, and the Vatican liaison was a young Joseph Ratzinger, who in 2005 became the 265th Catholic Pope as Benedict XVI.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: All along the movie, we see, leading to St Peter's square, the Via della Conciliazione and its palazzi, built for the Holy Year of 1950, under the pontificate of Pius XII, whose election Cardinal Fermoyle is supposed to take part at the very end of the movie.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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Soundtrack:
They Haven't Got the Girls in the U.S.A.See more »

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20 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
This film had a lot of impact among Catholics in 1963., 17 June 2003
Author: Stan Myles (stanmyles@iname.com) from Laytonsville, Maryland

The Cardinal is a historically significant film because of what was happening in the Roman Catholic Church at the time it premiered -- the Second Vatican Council. Called by Pope John XXVIII to bring about reforms in the Church, many of the issues touched upon in the film -- the liturgy, the role of lay persons and women in the Church, rights of the mother vs. the child, mixed marriage, ecumenism -- were being hotly debated by the bishops in Rome. The film added to that debate among ordinary Catholics.

I was a student at a Catholic high school in 1963. To many of us who hoped to see significant and even radical changes toward a more modern Church, the Cardinal dramatized many of the problems that we believed needed correcting. The Second Vatican Council didn't go as far as some of us would like, and the Church hasn't seen much reform since, but when I see the Cardinal today, I'm reminded how much more confining Church doctrine was before the Council did its work.

By the way, in response to the comment that no one could have done all the things that the Cardinal was portrayed as doing in the film, my understanding is that the story is based on the life of Cardinal Spellman of New York. The details are changed, but in fact Cardinal Spellman was from Boston and did undertake many of the same roles in his career, including working as a Vatican diplomat from 1925-1932.

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