The Cardinal Movie Review 1963

Information and Film Reviews for The Cardinal the Movie

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Priestly young Tryon rises through ecclesiastical ranks to become Cardinal, struggling through a plethora of tests of faith, none so taxing as the test of the audience's patience. Had Preminger excised some 60 minutes of footage, he might have had a compelling portrait of faith under fire, but as it stands, the cleric's life is epic confusion. Fine acting, even from Tryon, who later went on to bookish fame, and from Huston who's normally on the other side of the camera. McNamara's final performance. Based on the Henry Morton Robinson novel.


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Available on VHS
Running time 175 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Nuns & Priests
Tom Tryon, Carol Lynley, Dorothy Gish, Maggie McNamara, Cecil Kellaway, John Huston, John Saxon, Burgess Meredith
Leon Shamroy
Otto Preminger
Gamma, Otto Preminger


Golden Globes 1964: Film--Drama, Support. Actor (Huston).

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