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The Scarlet and the Black (1983)

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Military & War movie directed by Jerry London
1 review about The Scarlet and the Black (1983)

An edge of your seat thriller. . .

  • May 11, 2001
. . .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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