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An Interesting Film ... but a Great One?
on 14 July 2015
I was quite surprised that this film was made in 1960? It looks like something from the 30’s and has a terribly antiquated feel to it. This of course hardly surprising as it covers the story of ‘The Scopes Trial’ from 1925!
The same year, Bert Lancaster starred in one of his greatest roles -Elmer Gantry – another religious classic of our times. Bert took the ‘AA’ ahead of Spencer Tracy who stars in this film!
Films like: Gold finger, The Alamo, Butch Cassidy, The Birds, The Good, Bad & the Ugly & Midnight Cowboy were all made in the 60’s and look from a different time zone!
Just 3 years previously, (1957), ’12 Angry Men’ came out, for me ,this is a far superior film and much more enthralling to watch, the same can be said of Elmer Gantry in my humble opinion.
I found the watch ‘interesting though not outstanding or gripping. Yes, a film worth a viewing, but not one that will particularly stay with me, though the two aforementioned films certainly will, and for me, that’s the difference
Whilst the film got several nominations for awards, it received no major gongs. It also lost $1.7 million at the box office which is a little surprising! Having said that, it hasn't stopped several television adaptions being made.