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The Cardinal (1963)

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Youthful pride. Yearnings of the flesh. Moments of doubt. The courage of conviction. All enter into a dedicated American's decades-long rise from priesthood to the leadership elite of the College of Cardinals.

Feb 25, 2003

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This is an extremely well constructed film, made with a balance that keeps its overflowing plot line in perfect control.

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Risible script based on a doorstop novel by Henry Morton Robinson, but handled by Preminger with tremendous panache; worth seeing just for the incredible skill and flair with which he stages the action and moves the camera.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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he end is a great letdown from what Mr. Preminger might have accomplished with the 1950 novel of Henry Morton Robinson. There is no strong flow of spirit through it. Even the melodrama is perfunctory and weak.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It's nothing more than a kitsch take on the good and bad of the Catholic Church, but it has the chutzpah to pose as a work of art.

January 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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With an hour cut out of it, this might have been a landmark picture.

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Thematically, Preminger's drama about internal church politics is most intriguing; too bad that the lead, Tom Tryon, is miscast.

June 15, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Implausible epic telling of Tom Tryon as courageous priest has great Moross score.

June 8, 2005
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I lasted a little over halfway through before figuring that it wasn't going to get any better...

July 15, 2003
ToxicUniverse.com

A compulsively watchable if distorted history lesson

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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A beautiful film about the title cardinal and his journey through life dealing with a full lifetime of issues. Highly recommended.
October 30, 2007
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