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The Runner Stumbles (1979)

Father Rivard is a priest in a small, economically depressed coal mining town. Working on what he thinks is a "controversial" work, he lives with the brutal lives of his poor parishioners, ... See full summary »

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Father Brian Rivard
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Mrs. Shandig
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Monsignor Nicholson
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Erna Webber
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Toby Felker
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Amos
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James (as Billy J. Jacoby)
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Louise Donnelly
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Father Rivard is a priest in a small, economically depressed coal mining town. Working on what he thinks is a "controversial" work, he lives with the brutal lives of his poor parishioners, the old, unfriendly nuns in the nearby convent, and his own self doubts. When Rita, an energetic and bright young Sister, arrives at the parish, he finds someone he can talk to, someone with whom he has much in common. This sets into motion a series of events that leads to Sister Rita's death - and the indictment of Father Rivard in that act. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mailo.utexas.edu>

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21 February 1980 (Australia)  »

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This movie was made and released about five years after its source play of the same name by Milan Stitt was first performed in 1974. The play premiered on Broadway in 1976 and was named that year's Best Broadway Play of 1976 in the Annual Best Plays Book. See more »

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Music by Ernest Gold
Lyrics by Jan K. Gold (as Jeanette Keller)
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great movie
28 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie in 1983 when I went out west to see my boyfriend. He was a river runner & was living in a house full of the same. Because river runners are in & out of the house on multi-day trips, many people used the house as their crash pad between trips. The point is that the house was full of people. This came on HBO and a bunch of us watched it with rapt attention. Later that day, it came on again and we all sat there and watched it again! How good is a movie when a house full of people watch the same movie twice in one day! I have never understood why more people have not heard of or seen this movie. It is wonderful. It is not a slam bam action movie, it is more about character and how people evolve through interaction with others even though external events may not allow for it. I have never forgotten this movie and I am going to chase down my own copy.


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