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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".
I have owned the VHS version of this film for many years, waiting for the day it would be released on DVD. My dream came true. I treasure this movie. Gregory Peck and Christopher Plummer are outstanding along with the entire supporting cast, with a surprising and uplifting finale.
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But clearly the Nazis aren't going to stand still while O'Flaherty does this. And so the Nazi commandant, Christopher Plummer's Herbert Kapplar, a cold and ruthless man whose reputation is rapidly going down the drain from his exalted position as he tries to capture O'Flaherty.
But don't think this is a bloodless drama movie: There are comic moments as O'Flaherty sneaks out of the Vatican in various disguises; a tense scene where guns fire at him as he hurdles back into the Vatican disguised as a Nazi officer; and at the end there's a beautiful scene for those of you who like love-filled, happy endings. Even though there is a number of mentions of Catholiscism and God, I believe this is a drama/war movie at its core, not a religious one.
This is a moving story about oppression and redemption. Even though you'll hate Kapplar for his Nazi position, he's not a cookie-cutter villain: We can see how he loves his wife and children. And O'Flaherty is no goody-goody priest: we see him lose his temper, as well as refuse a plea for help (although he later does it anyway). The characters are solidly human.
Olga Karlatos is excellent as a widow from Malta who is sort of O'Flaherty's sidekick.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Sought this movie for literally years and then one day...Amazon! Thank you. Gregory Peck was always a class act and didn't disappoint.Published 5 days ago by Movie Buff
Did not know this story, it is fascinating. Filmed in Rome, great acting.Published 3 months ago by lb
I bought this movie when it first came out many years ago on VHS and I was really pleased to be able to purchase this CD. and have this movie back in my possession. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Margaret .
a war story in Rome about a dedicated priest who saves thousands from NazisPublished 4 months ago by oceansky
WW 11 Story not well heard of in North America, very interesting as it's truePublished 5 months ago by Richard W. Roberts
I remember this film from many years ago. Its message of the difficulty of following the way of Christ during times of stress is well done. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dr.James A. Thomson
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