USA Today - 02/28/2003
"...Its Preminger trademarks include epic locales and imaginative casting..."
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The spellbinding story of a young American's rise to Prince of the Church.
Youthful pride. Yearnings of the flesh. Moments of doubt. The courage of conviction. All enter into a dedicated American's decades-long rise from priesthood to the leadership elite of the College of Cardinals.
Otto Preminger presents The Cardinal, winner of a Golden Globe Best Picture Award and nominated for six 1963 Academy Awards, including Best Director. Typical of Preminger's films, The Cardinal is packed with stars and issues. Tom Tryon, Carol Lynley, Ossie Davis, Burgess Meredith and Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner John Huston are players in a rich storyline embracing interfaith marriage, abortion, racism and war.
An Irish American priest whose strong commitment to social issues leads him through a labyrinth of church politics and eventually to the upper echelons of Catholic hierarchy as Cardinal. Crossing several continents, this epic traces his path and tests his faith along the way. Based on the novel by Henry Morton Robinson.
"The Cardinal" was actress Dorothy Gish's final screen appearance.