The Scarlet and the Black

The Scarlet and the Black

Jerry London (1983)

137min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Gregory Peck made his TV-movie debut in this true story of wartime hide-and-seek. Although it's far too long, it is certainly one of the more impressive efforts made for the small screen. In addition to a cameo from John Gielgud as Pope Pius XII, the film boasts photography by Giuseppe Rotunno and a score by the great Ennio Morricone. Peck's character is a sort of Oskar Schindler in vestments, who gives sanctuary to Jews and other persecuted peoples prior to smuggling them to safety. Christopher Plummer is suitably villainous as the Nazi who can't pin down the elusive priest.

Summary

Fact-based Second World War drama about Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, a cleric who rescued thousands of PoWs and Italian resistance fighters from the Gestapo. Starring Gregory Peck, Christopher Plummer and John Gielgud.

Cast & Crew

Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty Gregory Peck
Colonel Herbert Kappler Christopher Plummer
Pope Pius XII John Gielgud
Father Vittorio Raf Vallone
Captain Hirsch Kenneth Colley
General Max Helm Walter Gotell
Minna Kappler Barbara Bouchet
Alfred West Julian Holloway
Director Jerry London
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama