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The Scarlet and the Black

  • Documentary and factual
  • War
  • 1983
  • Jerry London
  • 137 mins
  • PG

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

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Monsignor Hugh O'FlahertyGregory Peck
Colonel Herbert KapplerChristopher Plummer
Pope Pius XIIJohn Gielgud
Father VittorioRaf Vallone
Captain HirschKenneth Colley
General Max HelmWalter Gotell
Minna KapplerBarbara Bouchet
Alfred WestJulian Holloway

Crew

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DirectorJerry London

Details

Languages
English | German | Italian
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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