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Directed by Richard Brooks

United States 1960 146 mins. In English

“Burt Lancaster won his only Academy Award (out of four nominations) for his devilishly seductive performance as a down-and-out scoundrel turned fiery preacher in Richard Brooks’s adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’s novel. Jean Simmons plays the revival leader who falls for his line and Shirley Jones as the prostitute who undoes him. Lancaster’s spellbinding energy extends Brooks’s assault on religious hypocrisy to critique the very charisma that made him a star.”—UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Genres: Drama

Appears in: Forever Burt



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