Unity Goes To The Movies Hosted By Rod Kennedy: Elmer Gantry

Sunday, October 15th, 1:30 pm

Free Admission

Elmer Gantry is a 1960 drama film about a con man and a female evangelist selling religion to small town America. It stars Burt LancasterJean SimmonsArthur Kennedy and Shirley Jones. It was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Score. It won Best Actor for Lancaster, Best Supporting Actress for Jones, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

When hedonistic but charming con man Elmer Gantry (Burt Lancaster) meets the beautiful Sister Sharon Falconer (Jean Simmons), a roadside revivalist, he feigns piousness to join her act as a passionate preacher. The two make a successful onstage pair, and their chemistry extends to romance. Both the show and their relationship are threatened, however, when one of Gantry’s ex-lovers (Shirley Jones) decides that she has a score to settle with the charismatic performer.

 

Run Time: 2h 26m