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Keys Of The Kingdom
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After losing his parents and his childhood sweetheart to tragedy, Francis Chisholm (Peck) joins the priesthood and devotes himself to a life of service and compassion. But Chisholm?s unorthodox beliefs raise eyebrows among his superiors, especially Bishop Angus Mealy (Vincent Price). And when he is sent to the farthest reaches of China to rebuild an abandoned mission, Chisholm faces his greatest challenge of all: to tame a hostile land, win over a superstitious people and save his parish from an invading army. Nominated* for four Academy Awards®, including Best Actor (Peck), The Keys of the Kingdom is a ?towering film stamped with greatness? (The Independent).
- Commentary by biographer Kenneth Geist and Chris Mankiewicz (son of producer/screenwriter Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
- Still gallery
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It starts with him as a child in Scotland, and when he becomes a priest, he is sent to China as a missionary, where he endures a multitude of challenges and successes.
It is told in the form of a narrative, as Cedric Hardwicke, playing Monsignor Sleeth, reads through Father Chisholm's journal.
This was Gregory Peck's second starring role (the first being "Days of Glory", which was not well received) and it earned him a Best Actor Oscar nomination; he is wonderful in the part, and other great performances come from Thomas Mitchell as Dr. Willie Tullock, Rose Stradner as Sister Maria-Veronica, Benson Fong as Joseph, and Roddy McDowall as the young Francis.
Sensitive direction by John Stahl and music by Alfred Newman complete this film, which is satisfying viewing, and a must for Peck fans.
being 60 years old, the quality of the film shows a little age, but does not take away from the beauty of it. Total running time is 137 minutes.
And there are similarities, I suppose, between Saint Peter and the priest played by Gregory Peck in this movie. Neither seem at the outset to be the stuff of sainthood: both roughhewn men, stumbling often as they try to follow Christ's teachings.
Peck plays a Scottish priest who is a missionary to China just before (and then during) the Revolution. His early life, as played by Roddy McDowell, is fraught with hardships and disappointments--he can never measure up to a fellow priest played by Vincent Price, who seems destined to be a shooting star in the hierarchy. But he finds a friend in the old bishop, played by Edmund Gwenn. Eventually Peck finds his way to China, and we see his struggles to carve out a parish mission there, until he is fortunate enough to gain a major patron who deeds him a large parcel of land. And so Peck lives his missionary life, surviving imperious sisters, natural disasters, civil war, and even a visit from Vincent Price. This is one of the pictures that used to make me cry, and I'm sure I'm not alone in that category. At last viewing, however, I did think that Peck was still too inexperienced to give the role his all, but "The Keys of the Kingdom" remains a good sentimental tearjerker about self-sacrifice and its higher rewards.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An Early Gregory Peck. A great story. Probably today many people would consider this "schmaltz" but I disagree. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sabrina doyle
This is a classic that the millenia generation should see. We need to renew the values and sacrifice of acting what we profess to believe. The world has not changed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by DR. JULIE MAYO JOHNSTON
Well worth seeing this classic film. Glad we ordered this. The story is so positive and heartwarming. Need more of these types of films in our world now.Published 3 months ago by momo
Gregory Peck is one of top 5 actors to have come out of Hollywood. Enjoyed and appreciated 12 O'Clock High thr most.Published 3 months ago by benredbone
Another wonderful book; one everyone should read; however, the film is at least as memorable as To Kill a Mockingbird. Gregory Peck was as perfect as Atticus..