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The Scarlet and the Black (1983)

Gregory Peck , Christopher Plummer , Jerry London  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gregory Peck, Christopher Plummer, John Gielgud, Raf Vallone, Kenneth Colley
  • Directors: Jerry London
  • Format: Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2003
  • Run Time: 143 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008J2PG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,695 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Scarlet and the Black" on IMDb

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Gregory Peck, Christopher Plummer, Sir John Gielgud. Allied POWs escape from Nazi-occupied Rome with the help of a Vatican priest. 1983/color/145 min/NR/fullscreen.

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264 of 266 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent true life World War II suspense story! July 1, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Gregory Peck and Christopher Plummer give outstanding performances as Monsr. Hugh O'Flaherty(Peck) and SS Col. Herbert Kapler(Plummer). The action and suspense of the movie keeps it going at a brisk pace. The story follows Peck as a Vatican official trying to save Italian Jews and Allied escaped POW's from the hands of the German SS. Plummers portrayal as Col. Kapler is both chilling and frightening, especially when he personally executes a Catholic priest who was caught helping the Resistance. Peck's portrayal of Father O'Flaherty is very moving to watch. The intelligence and compassion of this man truly shows through and shows how much Father O'Flaherty deserved the awards and decorations he received from the Allies after the war. And the ending is very surprising as well! It is also a plus having the movie shot in Rome where the actual events took place. A truly classic movie. I highly recommend it.
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89 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best! June 12, 2003
This movie never gets enough credit! This is one of the best war time movies ever and with Mr. Peck's passing this is a must see for Peck fans who have not seen this movie. Gregory Peck and Christopher Plummer in one of his best roles play a cat and mouse game during WW2. The acting is fantastic and there is a lot of suspense! A must see!
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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An edge of your seat thriller. . . May 11, 2001
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. . .all the more exciting because it's a (mostly) true story.
Let's begin with the cast. Gregory Peck, Christopher Plummer and Sir John Gielgud all together in the same movie? Just this cast alone would be enough to recommend this movie to most people.
And the filming? On location in Rome and the Vatican. Doesn't get much better than that!
Drama? Yes, it's there. Suspense? In SPADES! Pathos? Yup! Humor? Believe it or not, yes!
This movie, based on the true story of an Irish cleric in the Vatican will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. The ending will have you cheering and crying and shocked, etc. You will run the full gamut of emotions when viewing this film.
The only major difficulty? The "politically correct" portrayal of Eugenio Pacelli, aka Pope Pius XII. For me, a trained historian, this was a major flaw. The film's presentation of Pius was that of a weak man, unable to do much of anything, while the facts of the matter were quite different.
Regardless, though, this movie does rate as a "must see".
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72 of 79 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WWII WWJD June 9, 2002
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What Would Jesus Do (WWJD) in Nazi occupied Rome? Gregory Peck as Fr. O'Flaherty answers this question the best he can, despite tacit opposition from the Pope himself, by helping to spirit escaped allied POWs and Jews out from under the noses of the Gestapo. Christopher Plummer plays the SS colonel who "owns" Rome (an interesting contrast with his role as Baron von Trapp in The Sound of Music). Peck stays on his toes, continuously exploring ways of outwitting the growing Nazi oppression.
Although not overtly religious--well, it's hard to set a story in the Vatican without being religious! While the movie doesn't explore spirituality in depth (nor does it seek to proselytize), it does paint several ethical dilemmas.
A powerful story, one I'd like to see on DVD, with background material. Worthy of a documentary as well. Almost hard to believe that a movie about a Jesuit member of the Holy Order (ie the Inquisition) could be this riveting. It is.
(If you'd like to discuss this movie or review in greater detail, please click on the "about me" link above and drop me an email. Thanks!)
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican March 24, 2005
This movie, based on the book by J. Gallagher entitled "Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican" describes in somewhat romantic detail the true story of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, represented in this wonderful film by Gregory Peck. This is a World War II era based film, well written, concerning the Priest who is in reality a close associate of Pope Pius XII and the Holy Office of the Inquisition. The Monsignor and his Italian associates hide escaping POW's who sought sanctuary at the Vatican once they had escaped unguarded Italian POW camps at the time of the Italian surrender and German occupation of Rome. O'Flaherty took considerable personal risk and became the object of Gestapo hunts and demands for arrest. He is shown going in and out of the Vatican in disguises as a postman, a trinket salesman, a nun, a street sweeper and even a Nazi Officer! Christopher Plummer plays a Nazi Colonel who becomes obsessed with capturing the Priest, his ring and the secret havens for hiding POWS that O'Flaherty has in motion. In this role he does very well, although his hair seems a bit long for Nazi military men of that era. The screenplay is gripping, tense, exciting, and above all entertaining because it is true. Honestly, I can't understand how this was ignored or perhaps it is indicative of bias on behalf of film award councils because it concerns a true righteous gentile who aided Jews in WW 2 and was responsible for the lives of perhaps 7,000 allied and Italian people wanted by the Nazi regime. The film is a bit long but is worth every minute. An excellent drama!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Scarlet & The Black September 18, 2003
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Great Job ... Acting, Location & Story. Its nice to see one more positive telling of the Church during the war. Not too many people know that the Chief Rabi of Rome during and immediately after the war, Israel Zolii, was so impressed by the Christians in Rome who tried to protect Jews from nazi persecution, that he was baptised as Catholic shortly after the end of the war. He took for his Christian name Eugene ... the same first name as Pope Pius XII, whom he especially admired as a friend and protector of Jews. He died as a devout Catholic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Scarlet and the Black
This is a wonderful film about a heroic priest who risked all to protect the faithful during the second world war. Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Skeptical Me
5.0 out of 5 stars The Scarlet and the Black
This is a wonderful movie and a true story. I have shared this with many people who have been in my home over the years. I highly recommend this movie. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Claire Ogden
5.0 out of 5 stars Really loved the movie
Enjoyed the movie very much Watched it two nights in a row once with just my wife and the second with about four or five friends. Read more
Published 2 days ago by jonathon kee
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
I chose this rating because it was a very good movie and I enjoy movies of this time period. It always is inspiring to me to see that there are people willing to sacrifice all in... Read more
Published 3 days ago by homegirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Story of many struggles that were barely whispered
This story is actually told and retold from many viewpoints by the big screen. This by far is one of my favorites; in this version the Pope is in the garden view, and it is the... Read more
Published 3 days ago by sdmk
5.0 out of 5 stars A tense yet surprisingly comforting story about a priest who helped...
A tense story about the occupation of Rome during the Nazi terror during WWII. The story highlights how Fr. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Taffy 123
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible example of resistance to Nazi domination during WW11
Do you wonder what difference only one person can make in the face
of overpowering force and brutality? Read more
Published 4 days ago by john k
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of My All Time Favorites
This movie has it all, great actors, intrigue, and is based on historical fact! I have always enjoyed Gregory Peck as an actor and found the humor he brought to this role, one more... Read more
Published 4 days ago by M. Zanghetti
5.0 out of 5 stars TRULY CATHOLIC MOVIE
This movie is a true story and tells about how the Catholic Church helped the Jewish people escape from the Nazi's. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Sandra
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
This is a good movie. Worth purchasing it. Some history on the church helping the jews during WW2. Gregory Peck is a good actor.
Published 16 days ago by frank arnold jr.
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