The Runner Stumbles

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A small-town priest (Dick Van Dyke) stands trial for killing a nun (Kathleen Quinlan) he had secretly loved.

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Critic Reviews for The Runner Stumbles

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  • Throughout, the film is paced by fine performances, especially Van Dyke as Father Rivard, Quinlan as Sister Rita and Maureen Stapleton as Van Dyke's housekeeper.

    November 7, 2007 | Full Review…

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  • Deadly earnestness over Van Dyke's tortured celibacy becomes risible long before the Perry Mason conclusion and a final scene of indescribable bathos.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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  • Mr. Van Dyke's performance, though extremely sympathetic, is hard to assess. He worries and suffers, but the film finds nothing vital in his ordeal.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/5
  • In its relentlessly old-fashioned way, The Runner Stumbles has a sort of dramatic persistence: It's not great, but it's there.

    October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Once The Runner Stumbles gets on its feet, it becomes a moving minor tragedy, superbly acted.

    August 14, 2019 | Full Review…
  • An honest melodrama where Stanley Kramer, once again, portrays the issues of our time period. [Full Review in Spanish]

    August 8, 2019 | Full Review…

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