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The Devil's Advocate (1977)

Des Teufels Advokat (original title)
A high ranking Roman Catholic priest, Monsignor Blaise Meredith (Sir John Mills), finds out he has terminal cancer. His faith is tested when faced with imminent death. At the same time, he ... See full summary »

Director:

Guy Green

Writers:

Morris L. West (novel), Morris L. West (screenplay) (as Morris West)
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Credited cast:
John Mills ... Monsignor Blaise Meredith (as Sir John Mills)
Stéphane Audran ... Anne - Contessa di Sanctis
Jason Miller ... Dr. Aldo Meyer
Paola Pitagora ... Nina Sanduzzi
Daniel Massey ... Black
Leigh Lawson ... Giacomo Nerone
Timothy West ... Father Anselmo
Patrick Mower ... Il Lupo
Romolo Valli ... Cardinal Marotta
Raf Vallone ... Bishop Aurelio
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Janos Grapow Janos Grapow ... Paolo
Jack Hedley ... Vatican Doctor
Winni Riva Winni Riva
Hartmut Solinger Hartmut Solinger ... German Captain
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A high ranking Roman Catholic priest, Monsignor Blaise Meredith (Sir John Mills), finds out he has terminal cancer. His faith is tested when faced with imminent death. At the same time, he is asked to travel to a remote village in the south of Italy to investigate a mysterious individual, Giacomo Nerone (Leigh Lawson), who has been named as a possible "saint" because he is said to have performed miracles. Before the Roman Catholic Church proclaims him to be a saint, someone has to play the "devil's advocate", investigate his life and make a case why he should not be a saint. Monsignor Meredith begins his investigations by talking to several people who have met him. He discovers his real name was "James Black". He was a British soldier who had become detached from the British Army (during World War II) and was hiding in this village in war-torn Italy. He began a relationship with a local woman. Written by Vittor

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1977 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

El abogado del diablo See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color
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This was one of many projects from the 1960s and 1970s which were intended as a starring vehicle for Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. See more »

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An intriguing story of miracles
9 March 2005 | by VittorSee all my reviews

A high ranking RC priest finds out he has terminal cancer. His faith is tested when faced with imminent death. At the same time he is asked to travel to a remote village in the south of Italy to investigate a mysterious individual, Giacomo Nerone, who has been named as a possible "saint" because he is said to have performed miracles. Before the RC Church proclaim his to be a saint, someone has to play the "devil's advocate": investigate his life and make a case why he should NOT be a saint. The priest begins his investigations by talking to a number of people who have actually met him. He discovers his real name was "James Black". He was a British soldier who had become detached from the British Army (during WW2) and was hiding in this village in war-torn Italy. He began a relationship with a local woman... I found this film poetic and intriguing although difficult to accept unless you happen to be a practising RC.


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