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The Song of Bernadette (1943)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | April 1945 (USA)
A young girl claims to have seen a divine vision, which prompts both a religious phenomenon and extreme skepticism.

Director:

Henry King

Writers:

George Seaton (screenplay), Franz Werfel (novel)
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Won 4 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Eythe ... Antoine Nicolau
Charles Bickford ... Father Peyramale
Vincent Price ... Prosecutor Vital Dutour
Lee J. Cobb ... Dr. Dozous
Gladys Cooper ... Sister Marie Therese Vauzous
Anne Revere ... Louise Soubirous
Roman Bohnen ... François Soubirous
Mary Anderson ... Jeanne Abadie
Patricia Morison ... Empress Eugenie
Aubrey Mather ... Mayor Lacade
Charles Dingle ... Jacomet
Edith Barrett ... Croisine Bouhouhorts
Sig Ruman ... Louis Bouriette
Blanche Yurka ... Aunt Bernarde Casterot
Ermadean Walters Ermadean Walters ... Marie Soubirous
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Storyline

In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all assume it to be the virgin Mary. The pompous government officials think she is nuts, and do their best to suppress the girl and her followers, and the church wants nothing to do with the whole matter. But as Bernadette attracts wider and wider attention, the phenomenon overtakes everyone in the town, and transforms their lives. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Here is greatness . . . wonder . . . and majesty . . . no human words can describe! See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Trivia

Jennifer Jones had made other films before this, but only under her real name, Phyllis Isley. In an effort to make the public believe that she was "discovered" for this film, her screen credit reads "and introducing Jennifer Jones as Bernadette." See more »

Goofs

Repeatedly when the sunlight shines through the windows the shadow of the windows is on the ceiling this would only be possible if it was reflecting off of water outside the windows. See more »

Quotes

Sister Marie Therese Verzous: Why did Christ found the Church?
Bernadette's Schoolmate: Christ founded the church to teach, govern, sanctify, and save all men.
Sister Marie Therese Verzous: How long did Christ live on Earth.
Bernadette's Schoolmate: Christ lived on Earth about thirty three years and led a most holy life in poverty.
Sister Marie Therese Verzous: That is correct, except that you've omitted the last and most important word: in poverty and suffering. Never forget that my child, for only through suffering can we hope to gain the Kingdom of God.
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Crazy Credits

And Introducing (by arrangement with David O. Selznick) Jennifer Jones as Bernadette See more »

Alternate Versions

The Spanish-language version (available on the DVD) does not use the Academy Award-winning Alfred Newman score. The entire score, except for two of the "vision" sequences, is replaced with music from an uncredited composer. See more »

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Referenced in The Our Gang Story (1994) See more »

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This is now one of my 10 favorite movies ever.
1 August 1999 | by EdCurtisSee all my reviews

I recently bought this movie, and just finished watching it the first time. All I can say is, WOW! Why doesn't Hollywood make movies like this anymore? I know, there's more money in showing gratuitous sex and violence...at least that's what they tell themselves. But for my hard-earned dough, nothing tops a film about the purity and innocence of faith, and that's what 'The Song of Bernadette' is all about. It's also good for quite a few laughs, as you see the imperial prosecutor's scheming against Bernadette fail time and time again. :)

My only complaint is that toward the end of the movie, I found myself wondering what was left to tell. Thankfully, I liked the answer and won't be complaining next time I watch it.

This film is a must-see, especially for my fellow Catholics. It's made my top 10 list...why not give it a chance to make yours?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

April 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Franz Werfel's The Song of Bernadette See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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