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Release Date:
12 December 1963 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Episodic View of Catholicism in the Early 20th Century 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
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:
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 »
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:
Monsignor Monaghan:For Heavens sake, get them out of the church...!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Mickey One (1965)See more »
Soundtrack:
Stay with MeSee more »

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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Episodic View of Catholicism in the Early 20th Century, 23 December 2004
Author: dglink from Alexandria, VA

Based on an early 1950's bestseller, producer/director Otto Preminger's lush religious spectacle pits a Catholic priest from Boston against many of the controversies that dogged the Church during the first half of the 20th century. As the young priest rises in rank to Monsignor, Bishop, and eventually Cardinal, he must tackle abortion, inter-faith marriage, racial discrimination, Nazism, and self-doubts about his own religious calling before the nearly three-hour film reaches the closing credits. Despite its episodic nature, "The Cardinal" is an entertaining film, generally well acted, and filmed by master cinematographer Leon Shamroy against some of the most beautiful landscapes and interiors that Rome and Vienna can offer. The Jerome Moross score enhances the beauty of the visuals and provides an appropriate mood that is haunting and liturgical in tone. While Tom Tryon as the Cardinal, Stephen Fermoyle, does his best, a stronger actor with greater screen presence might have anchored the film and given it greater stability. Tryon at times appears colorless and unconvincing as a man who could rise so quickly and to such heights in the Italian-dominated Church bureaucracy. The film's acting honors instead go expectedly to such veterans as John Huston, Raf Vallone, and Burgess Meredith. Also, the film has dated somewhat as the conflicts depicted between events and Church dogma have been for the most part left in the past, abortion excepted. Perhaps a sequel is in order with Cardinal, or maybe Pope by now, Stephen Fermoyle faced with pedophile priests, gay marriage, and a Church that has lost many of its followers over the decades. But, despite the diminished relevance, "The Cardinal" remains a comforting old fashioned view of the Roman Catholic Church during a period when the mass was said in Latin, the celibacy of a priest was unquestioned, fish was eaten on Fridays, the sacraments were taken seriously, and a poor son of Irish immigrants could rise from Boston curate to Cardinal without showing any more signs of aging than a light dusting of powder on his full head of thick hair.

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