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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, German, Italian
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Universal Music Group
  • VHS Release Date: July 1 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630264366X
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,699 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 18 2003
Format: DVD
Great Job ... Acting, Location & Story. Its nice to see one more positive telling of the Church during the war. Not too many people know that the Chief Rabi of Rome during and immediately after the war, Israel Zolii, was so impressed by the Christians in Rome who tried to protect Jews from nazi persecution, that he was baptised as Catholic shortly after the end of the war. He took for his Christian name Eugene ... the same first name as Pope Pius XII, whom he especially admired as a friend and protector of Jews. He died as a devout Catholic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Zampino on May 11 2001
Format: VHS Tape
. . .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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Jones on Dec 30 2001
Format: VHS Tape
To be honest, I, a serious convert to the Catholic faith, knew nothing about "The Scarlet and the Black" or the man which Gregory Peck portrays until yesterday, when I watched it on the History Channel (followed by a piece on Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust). This is truly a great film! The acting is top notch, and I cannot express my surprise at seeing "The Sound of Music's" leading man playing a commanding Nazi! Obviously filmed on and around it's beautiful location, this a film with a story that will inspire people of all faiths and backgrounds to stand up for what they believe and do what is right. My only complaint is that this film, in concurrence with present ideas, does not give the deserved credit to the Venerable Pope Pius XII (they are books available about him on amazon.com ... "Hitler's Pope" by Cornwall IS NOT ONE OF THEM!!!). Despite this rather annoying flaw, "The Scarlet and the Black" is a piece of cinema history, forgotten in a day when the Church is portrayed as a dark deluded organization ("End of Days") or money hungry hypocrites ("The Godfather III"). Watch! Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Bahr on Nov. 3 2009
Format: DVD
This film relates a true story about Monsignor O'Flaherty, a ranking official based at the Vatican and his efforts and success in helping prisoners escape from the clutches of the German army and the SS who occupied Rome in WWII.

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.

Dont miss it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Antonia on Oct. 26 2009
Format: DVD
Although the movie is inaccurate on the number of Jews that were actually saved via the Vatican with the Pope's permission (over 400,000 to be count not 4,000), it gives a view of how the Vatican had to "play both sides of the field" to save lives. It is a good movie to understand some of the history behind WWII. It was also disburbing, how human life is not respected and how people can be so evil and power hungry. ..."Only the Riech is important"...quote from the movie.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 6 2000
Format: VHS Tape
You'd never think an action movie could star a priest, but Gregory Peck pulls it off in rare style. He plays Father O'Flaherty, a boxing, snipping Irish priest living in Rome at the height of the Nazi occupation. Father O'Flaherty's job? Aside from usual priestly duties, he hides Jews in the households of his friends and allies.
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.
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