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The Scarlet and the Black (1983)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | TV Movie 2 February 1983
Vatican efforts, lead by Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, to save Allied POWs and downed Allied airmen as the Nazis invade Rome.

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Pope Pius XII (as Sir John Gielgud)
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Father Vittorio
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Capt. Hirsch (as Ken Colley)
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Gen. Max Helm
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Minna Kappler
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Angelo Infanti ...
Father Morosini
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Francesca Lombardo
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Reinhard Beck
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Count Langenthal
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Lt. Jack Manning
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Sir D'Arcy Osborne
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Fr. Hugh O'Flaherty is a Vatican official in 1943-45 who has been hiding downed pilots, escaped prisoners of war, and Italian Resistance families. His diplomatic status in a Catholic country prevents Colonel Kappler from openly arresting him, but O'Flaherty's activities become so large that the Nazis decide to assassinate him the next time he leaves the Vatican. O'Flaherty continues his work in a variety of disguises. Based on a true story. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Drama | History | War

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2 February 1983 (USA)  »

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The Vatican Pimpernel  »

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While serving his sentence in prison, Herbert Kappler divorced his first wife and married his nurse, Anneliese, in 1972. In 1975 he was diagnosed with cancer. As the authorities refused to release him, in 1977 Anneliese carried Kappler out of prison in a large suitcase (he weighed less than 105 pounds at the time). They escaped to West Germany where Kappler died six months later. See more »

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When O'Flaherty spoke of his friends in Ireland being shot by the Black and Tan during "The Troubles", "The Troubles" weren't until late in the 20th century. Could've he meant during the Irish War of Independence which happened in 1919-1921 during Hugh's lifetime (1898-1963) as when the Black & Tan shot many of his friends. See more »

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Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty: Colonel Kappler! What a surprise.
Col. Herbert Kappler: Not for me, Monsignor. I was looking forward to continuing our talk.
Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty: Were you, now? Well, I would have though we'd covered just about everything there was to say.
Col. Herbert Kappler: Ah... but that was before I had given you my...
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Col. Herbert Kappler: autograph...
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Col. Herbert Kappler: before I'd heard of your reputation for being so amusing.
Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty: You also have quite a reputation.
Col. Herbert Kappler: True, but I am German...
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References Massacre in Rome (1973) See more »

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young couple in the Scarlet and the Black
24 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This should be mandatory viewing in all "20th Century Europe" history classes. Also, unlike what another viewer inferred, the romance between the young couple in the movie is NOT fictional. It is based on real people and they did marry after the end of the war. Read about it in "The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican" which is available at libraries. Also, anyone who liked this movie would love the book and the movie "The Assisi Underground". The movie stars James Mason, Maximilian Schell, Irene Papas and Ben Cross. Their is also a documentary of this story available thru interlibrary loans called "Assisi in Silence". It was filmed in Assisi and has real interviews with people and relatives involved in saving Jews in Assisi.


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