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Galileo (1975)

PG | | Biography, Drama | 27 May 1976 (UK)
This biopic is about Galileo Galilei, the seventeenth century Italian who laid the foundations of modern science. Galileo made himself one of the world's first telescopes and discovered the... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph Losey

Writers:

Barbara Bray (adapted for the screen), Bertolt Brecht (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Topol ... Galileo Galilei
Edward Fox ... Cardinal Inquisitor
Colin Blakely ... Priuli
Georgia Brown ... Ballad Singer's Wife
Clive Revill ... Ballad Singer
Margaret Leighton ... Elderly Court Lady
John Gielgud ... The Old Cardinal
Michael Gough ... Sagredo
Michael Lonsdale ... Cardinal Barberini (later Pope Urban VIII)
Richard O'Callaghan ... Fulganzio
Tim Woodward ... Ludovico Marsili
Judy Parfitt ... Angelica Sarti
John McEnery ... Federzoni
Patrick Magee ... Cardinal Bellarmin
Mary Larkin ... Virginia
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This biopic is about Galileo Galilei, the seventeenth century Italian who laid the foundations of modern science. Galileo made himself one of the world's first telescopes and discovered the moons of Jupiter. He supported Copernicus' theory that the Earth revolved around the Sun. This brought him in conflict with the Catholic Church. By threatening him with torture, the Church forced him to recant his views in front of a tribunal, and sentenced him to house arrest. However, Galileo's trials and theories inspired others like Sir Isaac Newton and Johannes Kepler to prove that the Earth was not the center of the universe. Some years ago, the Pope accepted that Earth does revolve around the Sun and issued a rare apology for what the Church had done to Galileo. The Catholic Church recanted. Written by <sundar1@aol.com>

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Biography | Drama

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Basil Henson was first cast in another role. See more »

Quotes

Andrea Sarti: [upon Galileo's recantation] Unhappy is the land that has no heroes.
Galileo Galilei: Incorrect. Unhappy is the land that *needs* a hero.
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Follows Leben des Galilei (1947) See more »

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A bland film
25 February 2001 | by sundar-2See all my reviews

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Topol with his impatient manner of speech is somewhat insufferable as Galileo. But then, by all accounts, the real Galileo had a touch of arrogance in him and was not very likeable. This movie does not capture the horrors of pre-Industrial Europe, when religious authorities could inflict the most fiendish tortures on any victims they chose. This movie could have made a statement about religion run amok in the social milieu of the day. Instead, it is a bland film lacking dramatic tension. It is a movie adapted from a play and it shows. There is even a chorus of choirboys which is totally out of place. However, there are few bio-pics of great scientists, so this one is worth watching once.


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