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12 December 1963 (USA) See more »
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 »
Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

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
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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Additional Details

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175 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
6-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
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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Although the movie is fiction, parts of the story were based on the early career of Cardinal Francis Joseph Spellman, Archibishop of New York from 1939 to 1967.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
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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21 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Ooooooooooh !!! That soundtrack., 9 November 2004
Author: Nicholas Rhodes from Ile-de-France / Paris Region, France

I don't care if anyone believes this but I was actually "attracted" to this film via its incredible, grandiose and very emotional soundtrack which I heard on a Frank Chacksfield Cd ! I thought, with an incredible score like that, the film just cannot be bad ! Might sound stupid, but there it is ! So I found this on a DVD from the USA - very nicely presented in colorful red packaging together with a bonus DVD about the life of O Preminger !

In fact, I did enjoy the film quite a lot ! Excellent picture quality and reasonable sound. Being a Roman Catholic, and always educated in catholic schools, jesuits and De La Salle Brothers, having often attended Holy Mass, I felt, on watching this film to be on familiar ground, so to speak. I thought the film illustrated well certain contradictions within the church, notably of course with regards to "racism" and the "Nazis" in the World War II where its rôle seemed to have been ambiguous to say the least.

I am one of those people who believed that the doctrines of religion have been fixed by God for eternity - you must either accept them as they are or reject them - no one said it would be easy, for this reason I believe that you can not and must not modify religious doctrine to suit the fashion at a given moment in time. If you cannot accept the church's position on one or other point, then you are perfectly free to refuse the Church, the time of the Inquisition is long past, but you certainly should not try to change the doctrine of the Church to suit your own particular views. Only God can do that ! For this reason I agree with the reaction of Fermoyle confronted with various "crucial" situations .... abortion, inter-faith marriage, racism, Nazism etc etc. Sometimes unpopular stances have to be taken and it is good to see Fermoyle have the courage of his convictions even if we do see at times that he is no more than a human being who has doubts about what he is doing and his own weaknesses.

The film is a series of very intense episodes, each one being good to watch but the linking together of them not very smooth, just as you're getting involved in one of these, begorrah ! You're whisked onto the next one without knowing really how the one before resolved itself.

I had never heard of the actor Tom Tryon ! He was not bad but I think the part could have been played better by certain other more well known actors. Tryon had a good, powerful and imposing physique but in some scenes he appears rather emotionless or should I say not emotional enough.

The film is pretty long, there's an intermission which allows the spectator to take a breather,and I found the second part a bit more interesting and intense than the first. That said, the film doubtlessly needs several viewings to be fully appreciated. There are other intense moments, where Fermoyle has to choose between permitting the life of his sister or that of her child-to-be but not both of them, an extremely painful decision for anyone to have to make, also his priest friend who is dying of multiple sclerosis. I was reading the other comments about this film and one of them was limited to the episode of ROmy Schneider's husband who had been sitting at table one minute, hears the Gestapo comes, and in one-and-a-half shakes of a duck's tail, has precipitated himself out of the window to his death on the street below ! It's true that you don't see it coming and remain flabbergasted because it all takes place so quickly. Funny, though that that particular episode should have marked the commentator to such a point that it was the only detail of the film that he/she wrote about !

Another extremely emotional scene is when Fermoyle journeys to Georgia USA at the request of a black priest whose church has been burned down by KKK extremists. He takes a very strong stand against this and pays for it by being whipped by the KKK. A few hours later, one of those who has participated in the whipping ( the harmonica player ) comes back and helps him up ! Although Fermoyle realizes that he was one of the evil-doers, he just gives him a pat on the back and walks off with him. It's a difficult and very uncomfortable scene to bear. I could not forgive a man who had done that to me !

The scene in Vienna where the church singers are bothered by a band of marauding Nazis is extremely intense violent and uncomfortable for the spectator ... the way those Nazis just smash their way into the church building ...... Fermoyle manages to escape via a secret passage to the church crypt .

suddenly it just fades away and we jump forward in time. It was a little frustrating as that was the end of the film. I was surprised to see Romy Schneider in this film, I have seen her often in French and German films but did not know she had starred in American ones. She was very beautiful but her rôle was pretty limited. Perhaps a little more passion between her and Fermoyle would have added some spice to the story ......... never mind !

To conclude then, a fairly long film with intense moments. I'm absolutely not sure whether today many people would like it as unfortunately religion seems to be declining in Western society. But to those people who are religious or have an association with religion or concerned about its development, it is sure to have a certain interest and relevance.

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