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The Scarlet and the Black -- An Irish Vatican priest hides allied PoWs from the Germans occupying Rome, during World War Two. Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty (Gregory Peck) is under threat from the Chief of the Gestapo (Christopher Plummer) who orders the priest captured or killed if he is seen outside the protection of the Vatican walls.


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2 February 1983 (USA) See more »
Vatican efforts, lead by Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, to save Allied POWs and downed Allied airmen as the Nazis invade Rome. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations See more »
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The story of a brave Catholic monsignor serving in the Holy See who saved Jews and Allied soldiers during WWII. See more (31 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gregory Peck ... Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty

Christopher Plummer ... Col. Herbert Kappler

John Gielgud ... Pope Pius XII (as Sir John Gielgud)

Raf Vallone ... Father Vittorio

Kenneth Colley ... Capt. Hirsch (as Ken Colley)

Walter Gotell ... Gen. Max Helm

Barbara Bouchet ... Minna Kappler

Julian Holloway ... Alfred West
Angelo Infanti ... Father Morosini
Olga Karlatos ... Francesca Lombardo

Michael Byrne ... Reinhard Beck

T.P. McKenna ... Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler

Vernon Dobtcheff ... Count Langenthal

John Terry ... Lt. Jack Manning

Peter Burton ... Sir D'Arcy Osborne
Phillip Hatton ... Lt. Harry Barnett
Mark Lewis ... Cpl. Les Tate

Fabiana Udenio ... Guila Lombardo

Marne Maitland ... Papal Secretary
Remo Remotti ... Rabbi Leoni
Giovanni Crippa ... Simon Weiss
Billy Boyle ... Paddy Doyle

Itaco Nardulli ... Franz Kappler

Cariddi McKinnon Nardulli ... Liesel Kappler (as Carridi Nardulli)
Alessandra Cozzo ... Emilia Lombardo

William Berger ... U.S. Intelligence Officer (as Bill Berger)

Edmund Purdom ... British Intelligence Officer / Epilogue Narrator (as Edmond Purdom)
Gabriella D'Olive ... Mother Superior
Cesarina Tacconi ... Pregnant Woman
David Brandon ... SS Officer
Sergio Nicolai ... Firing Squad Officer
Bruno Corazzari ... Coalman

Stelio Candelli ... O'Flaherty's Secretary
Francesco Carnelutti ... Cameriere Segreto
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Greg Anthony ... Prisoner of War (uncredited)
Angelo Boscariol ... Man at the opera (uncredited)
Alberigo Donadeo ... Onlooker (uncredited)

Gabriele Ferzetti ... Prince Mataeo (uncredited)
Alfonso Giganti ... Nazi officer (uncredited)
Giovanni Lombardo Radice ... Nazi Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Jerry London 
Writing credits
J.P. Gallagher (book "The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican")

David Butler (written by)

Produced by
Howard P. Alston .... executive producer in charge of production
Bill McCutchen .... producer
Alfio Sugaroni .... associate producer
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
Cinematography by
Giuseppe Rotunno 
Film Editing by
Benjamin A. Weissman 
Production Design by
John Stoll 
Pier Luigi Basile (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Carlo Gervasi 
Costume Design by
Annalisa Nasalli-Rocca  (as Annalisa Nasalli Rocco)
Makeup Department
Franco Corridoni .... makeup artist
Aldo Signoretti .... hair stylist
Production Management
James Potter .... post-production supervisor
Federico Tocci .... unit manager (as Federico 'Chigo' Tocci)
Lucio Trentini .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gianni Cozzo .... first assistant director
Allan Elledge .... second assistant director (as Alan Elledge)
Art Department
Boni Fraulo .... property master (as Bony Fraulo)
Phill Norman .... graphic designer
Fernando Valento .... construction manager
Sound Department
Gordon L. Day .... re-recording mixer
John W. Mitchell .... sound mixer (as John Mitchell)
Keith Pamplin .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Giovanni Bacciucchi .... special effects supervisor
Remo De Angelis .... stunt coordinator (as Remo de Angelis)
Camera and Electrical Department
Rodolfo Bramucci .... head gaffer
Chuy Elizondo .... camera operator
Alberto Emidi .... head grip
Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci .... camera operator (as Gianni Fiore)
Mario Tursi .... still photographer
Casting Department
Francesco Cinieri .... casting: Italy
Maude Spector .... casting: London
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ileana De Govia .... assistant to costume designer (as Ileana de Govia)
Ugo Pericoli .... consultant: military wardrobe
Editorial Department
David Gaines .... assistant editor
Music Department
Dan Carlin Sr. .... music editor (as Dan Carlin)
Ennio Morricone .... conductor
Transportation Department
Antonio Savini .... transportation manager
Other crew
Dawne Allstrom .... production coordinator (as Dawne Alstrom)
John Beharrell .... production accountant
Tessie Billyeald .... assistant to producer (as Tessa Billyeald)
Dennis E. Doty .... production executive
Penelope Forrester .... assistant to production accountant
Mario Francini .... production assistant
Al Hix .... unit publicist
Anna Korda .... dialogue coach
Lisa London .... production assistant
Aroldo Mogiani .... crowd marshall
Phill Norman .... title designer
Francesca Roberti .... script supervisor
Adalberto Spadoni .... auditor
Gabriella Toro .... production secretary
Armando Zappi .... crowd marshall
Luigi Riitano .... production accountant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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143 min | Spain:136 min
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One of three occasions in his film career where John Gielgud played a pope. The other two were The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968/I), where he played the fictional Pope Pius XIII, and Elizabeth (1998), where he played the real-life Pope Pius V.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the priest, disguised as a Sturmbahnführer, is eluding his pursuers, the film is shown reversed; medal ribbons and collar insignia are on the wrong sides.See more »
Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty:Colonel, do I get the idea that you're tryin' to put a crimp in my social life?
Col. Herbert Kappler:Damn you and damn your social life, priest!
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References Massacre in Rome (1973)See more »


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The story of a brave Catholic monsignor serving in the Holy See who saved Jews and Allied soldiers during WWII., 1 January 2006
Author: Deusvolt from United States

The film focuses on the dangerous situation faced by the Holy See in standing up to Nazi oppression. The Vatican, after all, has no military power and after the forcible confiscation of the Papal States by Italian nationalists during the pontificate of Pius IX near the close of the 19th century, he and at least two of his successors considered themselves as prisoners in the Vatican of the secular Italian state. Ignoring the warnings of the Popes against supranationalism in encyclicals like Non Abbiamo Biscogno and Mit Brenender Sorge, Italy and Germany persisted in pursuing social orders based on Fascism and Nazism. Yet despite the difficulties, many Catholics and religious like Msgr. Flaherty performed their Christian duties heroically by saving some of the persecuted Jews.

John Gielgud makes a very convincing Pope Pius XII. Sir John aged very gracefully giving him that perpetual angelic half smile on that kind face. Contrast this to the fact that we remember him well as the blackguard Casca in Julius Caesar (with James Mason and Marlon Brando). As Pius XII, Gielgud portrays the late Pope as torn between his duty to ensure the safety of the Church and Catholics and the necessity of actively participating in rescuing the Jews of Europe lest that provoke the Nazis towards more brutalities. The recently released Actes et Documents du Saint Siege relatiffs a la Guerre Mondiale Seconde (Acts and Documents of the Holy See relative to WWII or ADSS) reveal that the Holy See saw a relation between increased persecution of both Jews and Catholics, especially the religious orders, every time Pius XII spoke against the Nazis. It also disclosed that Jewish leaders, both in and out of Nazi Germany, advised the Pope to speak and act more discreetly because of this.

Gregory Peck is, as usual, dignified, likable and very convincing as a brave Catholic monsignor. An interesting political sidelight in the movie concerned Flaherty saving some British Tommies stranded behind enemy lines in Italy. One of them obviously not one fond of the Irish, upon hearing Flaherty's Celtic brogue exclaimed that he was Irish. Flaherty's response was to the effect, that he may not like what the British were doing in Ireland but it was still his Christian duty to help them. Remember, at the time Southern Ireland was still under British rule under very repressive conditions (cf. Leon Uris' book, Trinity).

If you liked movies of this genre you should also see Portrait : A Man Whose Name was John which starred Raymond Burr as the Papal Nuncio in Turkey, Msgr. Roncalli, the future Pope John XXIII who used his position and his chancery to save thousands of Jews escaping from Nazi-occupied Hungary. Other Hollywood films which treated the Church kindly if not sympathetically are: The Shoes of the Fisherman (Anthony Quinn) and The Cardinal (Tom Tryon).

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