The World's Greatest Sinner (1962)

The World's Greatest Sinner (1962)





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Clarence Hilliard, a staid insurance salesman, drops out, declares himself God, forms a rock group, and eventually runs for president.
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Frenzy Productions

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Timothy Carey
as Clarence Hilliard
Betty Rowland
as Edna Hilliard
Gil Baretto
as Alonzo
Jim Farley
as The Devil
Gail Griffen
as Betty Hilliard
Gitta Maynard
as Elderly Woman
Gene Pollock
as Priest
Whitey Jent
as Guitar Player
Victor Floming
as Office Boss
Ann Josephs
as Secretary
Jenny Sanches
as Old Lady in Church
Tyde Rule
as Follower
Gene Koziol
as Follower
Dana Madison
as Follower
Titus Moede
as Follower
Betty Sturm
as Follower
Marty Prisco
as Follower
George E. Carey
as Follower
Duana Dedda
as Follower
Eleanor Enderle
as Follower
Jerry Mobley
as Follower
George Seemer
as Follower
Ben Avila
as Follower
Joe Powell
as Follower
Bob Divorsney
as Follower
Victor Corey
as Follower
Don Mozee
as Follower
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Critic Reviews for The World's Greatest Sinner

All Critics (2)

This curio cult film takes the cake for being so nutty and tasteless.

Full Review… | October 25, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

All independent filmmakers and cult-flick fans must bow down to the low-rent majesty that is Timothy Agoglia Carey's The World's Greatest Sinner.

Full Review… | August 25, 2008

Audience Reviews for The World's Greatest Sinner


Timothy Carey is an interesting, often compelling, presence on screen. The movie, though, is a mess. Occasional good lighting and camerawork. Good score by a young Frank Zappa. The sound design falters and often fails completely leaving us in silence - when it isn't loud and echoey. The editing varies from competent to puzzling. The ending is abrupt and unclear.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

Timothy Carey, best known for his roles in The Killing and Paths of Glory (his firing squad lament "I don't want to die" is one of the few instances of an ad lib appearing in a Kubrick film) was an eccentric. Prone to severe hamming (see Crime Wave) and unwanted improvisation, he often frustrated his directors and fellow actors. Marlon Brando stabbed him with a pen. He made his career playing small and supporting role, never the lead... except once. Written by, produced by, directed by, and starring Tim Carey, this movie is a whole lot of crazy. It's the story of insurance salesman who gets bored with life and becomes a street corner prophet, preaching that through medical science all people can be gods (or something). He becomes a rock star, renounces religion, changes his name to "God", and runs for President. It's often difficult to discern exactly what parts are satire and what parts are sincere, but at the very least it's a humorous take on organized religion. The film is undeniably rough, as would be expected of a vanity project. The acting, besides Carey, is uniformly awful. The editing is shabby, to put it nicely. The dialogue needs work. But there are quite a few very good shots, and the Frank Zappa score is very interesting. It's not a really a case of "so bad it's good" but more "so unusual it's worth tolerating the bad". If you want to see Timothy Carey cackle maniacally, wear a snake, make out with an elderly woman, and stab a communion wafer to see if it bleeds, this is the place to go. Very clever ending credits, too.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

Throughout his career, veteran character actor Timothy Carey filled many important supporting roles in various films, from Stanley Kubrick's THE KILLING to The Monkees' HEAD. THE WORLD'S GREATEST SINNER marks the only film in which Carey is the leading man. Not only did he play the lead character, though, but he also wrote, directed, and produced the film. It never received a proper theatrical release, only being seen in underground circuits and on late night television. imothy Carey plays Clarence Hilliard, a bored insurance salesman who creates his own religion/political party. Unforgettable and captivating, THE WORLD'S GREATEST SINNER is one of underground cinema's greatest achievements.

Kenneth Starcher
Kenneth Starcher

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