Elmer Gantry Reviews

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November 7, 2019
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.
July 30, 2019
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.
July 18, 2018
The whole thing bristles with rather superficial symbolism and even Jean Simmons's radiant, and in this case hearty, charm as an Aimee Macpherson figure.
August 15, 2011
If not for the amazing performance of Burt Lancaster, the film would collapse under its own self-righteousness.
July 4, 2011
Greatly enhanced by the spirited Oscar performance by Burt Lancaster.
August 6, 2010
The film pulls few punches in its story of the hypocrisy, materialism, and opportunism at the heart of the evangelical world of Bible-thumping barnstorming revival troupes
April 8, 2008
Lancaster pulls out all the stops in one of his most memorable roles as the lustful, ambitious charlatan of Sinclair Lewis's powerful novel.
April 8, 2008
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.
April 8, 2008
This gets progressively nastier and winds up with an impressive hellfire finish.
April 8, 2008
Brooks was the ultimate vulgarizer of serious literature.
November 6, 2007
Burt Lancaster gives one of his most memorable and zestiest performances as the lustful, charismatic evangelist charlatan in Richard Brooks' loose adaptation of Sinclair Lewis 1927 powerful novel.
January 26, 2006
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.
October 9, 2005
February 25, 2005
October 15, 2004
Hypocrisy and religion exploited! Lancaster and Shirley Jones are terrific.
October 10, 2004
July 19, 2004
Still powerful expose of evangelism.
March 16, 2004
Lancaster puts in a thrilling, Oscar-winning performance in this cynical satire on religious evangelism which was considered extremely controversial at the time of its release.
January 30, 2004
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September 11, 2003
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