The Runner Stumbles

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This melodrama is based on an actual event from the late 1920s. The tragic tale of Father Rivard -- a priest accused of killing the nun he fell in love with -- takes place in three time frames. He is seen in jail, with his lover, and on trial.


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.

    Nov 7, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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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.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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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.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • An honest melodrama where Stanley Kramer, once again, portrays the issues of our time period. [Full Review in Spanish]

    Aug 8, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A compelling and memorable drama, via Stanley Kramer.

    Aug 27, 2010 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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