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Scarlet and the Black,

 Unrated   VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Scarlet & The Black Sept. 18 2003
By A Customer
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
3.0 out of 5 stars An edge of your seat thriller. . . 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
4.0 out of 5 stars The Scarlet and the Black Oct. 26 2009
By Antonia
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten Piece of Excellency Dec 30 2001
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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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Such personal bravery, Goodness and charity will always overcome evil.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peck's character June 14 2014
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I read the actual Biography book of Peck's character and like always it goes deeper into his life and the many people he saved from the Germans and Christopher Plummer character's change in life. However, both were fantastic in their roles, two of my favourite actors. I would highly recommend this movie.
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By Andrea
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5.0 out of 5 stars This was awesome... March 10 2014
By Diane Edwards TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I have this movie on VHS and wanted it on DVD. Wonderful story and one of our favourite older movies. We will watch it a lot and still enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scarlet an Black DVD
Love any info on the Vatican. It would be wonderful to be able to believe that this simple Monsignor saved so many people from the Nazis.
Published 5 months ago by Joanne Briceland
3.0 out of 5 stars once only
The story itself was interesting enough, but I have to say that, for us, watching it once was enough. Perhaps the subject of the movie was the problem. Read more
Published 5 months ago by George Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent film
I've seen many movies dealing with the atrocities of WW2. We often learn mire from well produced films. This is one of them. Read more
Published 10 months ago by dancer
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Dans la même veine que « The shoes of the fisherman », « Monsignor », « Cardinal », « The Scarlett in the black » tout ses films demeurent d'actualité même après... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Gilles Laplante
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
An old, but good movie that was purchased for my mother-in-law who enjoys old movies with great stories to watch.
Published 19 months ago by Risé
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie
I really enjoyed this movie set in the second WW. It has action, suspense, is fast paced and keeps the person engaged all through it.
Published 19 months ago by Pattygram
5.0 out of 5 stars The Scarlet & The Black
Really enjoyed reading a true story and of a man's kindness and doing the right thing for others. Monsignor O'Flaherty made difficult choices and risked his own life to save POWs. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Pamela Chaput
5.0 out of 5 stars The Scarlet and the Black
The Scarlet and the Black is an excellent movie worth seeing. The three main actors are among the greats,
winners of Academy awards; Gregory Peck, Christophor Plummer and Sir... Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2012 by Rita
5.0 out of 5 stars Christian message
It is a great movie with a very Christian message. I would recommend to all those who love history. Certainly it is to be shared with Church fellowship. Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2011 by whitecrane
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