Elmer Gantry
First screened in February 2004 / Most recently screened in March 2016
Director: Richard Brooks. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons, Arthur Kennedy, Dean Jagger, Shirley Jones, Patti Page, Edward Andrews, John McIntire, Hugh Marlowe, Philip Ober, Barry Kelley, Wendell Holmes, Joe Maross, Dayton Lummis, Larry J. Blake, John Qualen, Ken Terrell, Rex Ingram, Michael Whalen, Robert P. Lieb. Screenplay: Richard Brooks (based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis).

Twitter Capsule: Brooks not quite the guy to delve into subtleties but his colorful coarseness works for Elmer's. Schematic but sharp.

VOR:   As long as America remains susceptible to charismatic charlatans and evangelical zeal, often at the same time, Elmer will remain a vital tale, however dated in other respects.

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Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Actor: Burt Lancaster
Best Supporting Actress: Shirley Jones
Best Adapted Screenplay: Richard Brooks
Best Original Score: André Previn

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture (Drama)
Best Director: Richard Brooks
Best Actress (Drama): Jean Simmons
Best Actor (Drama): Richard Brooks
Best Supporting Actress: Shirley Jones

Other Awards:
Writers Guild of America: Best Written American Drama
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actor (Lancaster)
National Board of Review: Best Supporting Actress (Jones)

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