Elmer Gantry Poster

Release Date: August 21st, 1997

DVD Release Date: March 6th, 2001

Not Yet Rated|2 hr 25 min

Plot Summary
When hedonistic but charming con man Elmer Gantry (Burt Lancaster) meets the beautiful Sister Sharon Falconer (Jean Simmons), a roadside revivalist, he feigns piousness to join her act as a passionate preacher. The two make a successful onstage pair, and their chemistry extends to romance. Both the show and their relationship are threatened, however, when one of Gantry's ex-lovers (Shirley Jones) decides that she has a score to settle with the charismatic performer.

Cast: Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons, Dean Jagger, Shirley Jones, Arthur Kennedy, Patti Page, Edward Andrews, John McIntire

Director: Richard Brooks

Genres: Drama

Production Co: United Artists

Keywords: Rise, Passionate, Deception, Revenge, 1960s, Love


Nominated Film and British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1961)
Nominated Foreign Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1961)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Music (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture)
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner Actor
Nominated Best Motion Picture
Winner Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)