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The Devil's Disciple (1959)





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This film version of George Bernard Shaw's satirical take on the American Revolution had a troubled production history (with a director change in mid-production), but nevertheless boasts a cutting performance by Laurence Olivier. Shaw's tale depicts his version of how the British lost the American colonies: because of a stupid mistake at the War Office someone forgot to tell Lord North to join up with General "Gentleman" Johnny Burgoyne (Laurence Olivier) and smash the rebels. Burt Lancaster is on hand as the Rev. Anthony Anderson, a peace-loving parson who ends up becoming a belligerent firebrand of a rebel. Also is tow is Kirk Douglas as Dirk Dungeon, who, in typical Shawvian irony, starts out as a unrepentant, cowardly scamp and ends up as the personification of Christian virtues.
Comedy , Drama
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United Artists


Laurence Olivier
as Gen. John Burgoyne
Burt Lancaster
as The Rev. Anthony Anderson
Kirk Douglas
as Dick Dudgeon
Janette Scott
as Judith Anderson
Harry Andrews
as Swindon
George Rose
as Sergeant
Basil Sydney
as Lawyer Hawkins
Neil McCallum
as Christopher Dudgeon
Mervyn Johns
as Rev. Maindeck Parshotter
David Horne
as William
Jenny Jones
as Essie
Erik Chitty
as Titus
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Critic Reviews for The Devil's Disciple

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It's a work that the author disliked so much, he dismissed it.

Full Review… | June 1, 2011
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Audience Reviews for The Devil's Disciple

The Devil's Disciple is a play by George Bernard Shaw. It takes place in a small town during the Revolutionary War. We follow two men, the black sheep in town and the minister, as they learn their true vocations during the war. I enjoyed this film, it is a diamond in the rough. The acting was superb with Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, and Laurence Olivier. As the characters do role reversals they have a repertoire of Shaw to execute and they did. This is a film that is a can't miss for Fourth of July.

Laura Rachel
Laura Rachel

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