Elmer Gantry (Blu-ray)

If there was a dollar to be made—Gantry would make it … If there was a soul to be saved—Gantry would save it …
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Run Time: 2 hours, 26 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: September 23, 2014
  • Originally Released: 1960
  • Label: KL Studios Classics
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Prayin's the cheapest first-rate medicine I know."
  - Elmer (Burt Lancaster) to Jim (Arthur Kennedy)

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1960 - Best Actor: Burt Lancaster
Academy Awards 1960 - Best Adapted Screenplay: Richard Brooks
Academy Awards 1960 - Best Supporting Actress: Shirley Jones

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 31


User Ratings: 3,384
Brooks honors the spirit of Lewis' cynical commentary on circus-type primitive exhortation with pictorial imagery that is always pungent. He also has written dialog that is frank and biting. Full Review
Apr 8, 2008
With a host of fine performances, and a strong sense of period and place conveyed by John Alton's lush camerawork, there's still plenty to enjoy. Full Review
Time Out
Jan 26, 2006
The title-role character, a preacher with a weakness for wild women and whisky, is more believable in scriptwriter-director Richard Brooks' film than he was in the Sinclair Lewis novel; the part is played with skill and gusto by Burt Lancaster. Full Review
Maclean's Magazine
Nov 7, 2019
...It's still unholy fun, perfectly complemented by Andre Previn's devilish, horn-and-hymn-mixing score...
Total Film
Oct 1, 2000
Rating: 4/5 -- This gets progressively nastier and winds up with an impressive hellfire finish. Full Review
Empire Magazine
Apr 8, 2008
Brooks was the ultimate vulgarizer of serious literature. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Apr 8, 2008
Alas! I found it crude and cumbersome, vulgar and overblown (a mistake in taste was to do it in color), and a perfect example of that having-it-both-ways irreality. Full Review
Esquire Magazine
Jul 30, 2019

Product Description:

Elmer Gantry is a charming, fast-talking con, working the road as a traveling salesman in the 1920s. Burt Lancaster stars as the elusive Gantry in this charismatic adaptation of Sinclair Lewis's 1927 novel. When Gantry runs across a group of traveling evangelists, he charms their saintly leader, Sister Susan Falconer (Jean Simmons), and becomes her partner, preaching fire and brimstone in the packed revival tents of the hardened Midwest. Gantry's robust style and Falconer's Joan of Arc-like spirit skyrocket the two minstrels to fame and fortune as they travel with their flock waging war on sinners and speakeasies--until they preach in a big city and catch the eye of a tough prostitute (Shirley Jones) who knows that Elmer is not quite as holy as he appears. This biting portrait of the business of religion was highly innovative at the time of its release, casting a slightly tarnished light on the hustle and theatrics of traveling ministries, while analyzing the true nature of faith and redemption. Lancaster's performance as the salesman turned preacher is dynamic and highly charismatic, full of energy and robust flair.

Plot Synopsis:

Burt Lancaster stars as Elmer Gantry, a streetwise, fast-talking traveling salesman working the road in the 1920s in this adaptation of Sinclair Lewis's 1927 novel. Always on the lookout for the next moneymaking scheme, Elmer attracts the attention of a group of traveling evangelists, charming their leader, the saintly Sister Susan Falconer. Elmer becomes her smooth-talking preaching sidekick, plagiarizing speeches to promote himself above all else as he successfully exploits the folks of America's Corn Belt. The film features charismatic performances by Lancaster in the title role and Shirley Jones as a tough prostitute.


Production Notes:

  • Patti Page, a popular 1950s religious and pop singer, stars as Sister Rachel, singing "I'm on My Way" with Burt Lancaster.

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 76,254
  • UPC: 738329139629
  • Shipping Weight: 0.15/lbs (approx)
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