The Scarlet and the Black

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Overview

Gregory Peck had made scattered television appearances before, but the 3-hour Scarlet and the Black was his first starring assignment in a made-for-TV movie. Peck plays Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, a real-life cleric who, during World War II, rescued thousands of escaped POWs from the Gestapo. Christopher Plummer co-stars as the Rome-based SS official who tries to catch O'Flaherty in the act. The film won several industry and religious awards, and earned three Emmy nominations. Based on J. P. Gallagher's book The ...
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Overview

Gregory Peck had made scattered television appearances before, but the 3-hour Scarlet and the Black was his first starring assignment in a made-for-TV movie. Peck plays Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, a real-life cleric who, during World War II, rescued thousands of escaped POWs from the Gestapo. Christopher Plummer co-stars as the Rome-based SS official who tries to catch O'Flaherty in the act. The film won several industry and religious awards, and earned three Emmy nominations. Based on J. P. Gallagher's book The Scarlet Pimpernel in the Vatican, The Scarlet and the Black premiered on February 2, 1983.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Full screen version; 2.0 Dolby Stereo Surround; Digitally mastered; Scene selections
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Nazi jackboots echo in the Vatican as Hitler's henchmen try to find out who has been smuggling Jews and English soldiers out of Rome. And the game is on in this unheralded 1983 thriller based on a true story. The film pits Irish priest Msgr. Hugh O'Flaherty (Gregory Peck) against Rome's Gestapo chief Lt. Col. Herbert Kappler (Christopher Plummer). Peck plays the priest as a wily and witty man of conscience who is as quick with his fists and tongue as he is with his elusive feet. He is a kind of Scarlet Pimpernel. Disguised as a street vendor, a nun, or even a German officer, he steals past Kappler's men again and again. Viewers may shout huzzas at the success of one of O'Flaherty's stratagems. Early on in the film, he and Kappler run into each other while leaving an opera house. After they exchange pleasantries -- O'Flaherty's have subtle double meanings, the second ones insulting -- the priest asks Kappler to autograph an opera program. Flattered, Kappler obliges. Later O'Flaherty uses the autograph to forge Kappler's signature on a document ordering the release of a prisoner. Plummer is excellent as Kappler, who is under pressure from Hitler himself to subjugate Rome and counter subversive activity. At home, he is a loving father and husband. At work, he is a ruthless. On occasion, guilt pricks his conscience. (Sir John Gielgud) portrays Pope Pius XII as a man of dignity, humanity, and ambiguity. Clearly, in its sympathetic presentation of Pius, the film is on the pope's side. It does not shrink from drawing attention to his controversial policy of appeasement with the Nazis. While viewing this film, be sure to watch until the epilogue appears.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2003
  • UPC: 012236139522
  • Original Release: 1983
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,393

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gregory Peck Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty
Barbara Bouchet Minna Kappler
Kenneth Colley Captain Hirsch
John Gielgud Pope Pius XII
Walter Gotell Max Helm
Julian Holloway Alfred West
Angelo Infanti
Olga Karlatos
T.P. McKenna
Christopher Plummer Colonel Herbert Kappler
Edmund Purdom
Fabiana Udenio
Raf Vallone Father Vittorio
Technical Credits
Jerry London Director
Pier Luigi Basile Production Designer
David Butler Screenwriter
Bill McCutchen Producer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Giuseppe Rotunno Cinematographer
John Stoll Production Designer
Benjamin A. Weissman Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/A White Line [7:17]
2. Father O'Flaherty's Sanctuary [6:19]
3. "Rome Is Ours" [1:39]
4. At the Risk of Getting Caught [6:49]
5. Mobilizing the British [8:29]
6. Refuge, Not Resistance [2:28]
7. Faith and 100 People in Gold [4:53]
8. Colonel Kappler's Promises [2:51]
9. A Favor and a Warning [3:50]
10. Rome Under Siege [4:52]
11. Codename Golf/No Time [6:22]
12. The Pain of Father Morosini [7:09]
13. Guns for Christmas [2:13]
14. "Deal With Him!" [1:50]
15. The Long Way Home [3:42]
16. A Signature Moment [4:05]
17. Successful Sweep [1:43]
18. "Hat in Hand" [4:39]
19. Report to Himmler [5:53]
20. The Padre's Last Party [3:40]
21. Priceless, Threatened Relics [6:53]
22. O'Flaherty on the Run [5:45]
23. Taunting the Snipers [6:52]
24. Inside the Vatican! [3:05]
25. Mission in Uniform [8:53]
26. Lucky to Get Away [5:09]
27. Private Meeting, Private Plea [7:44]
28. Liberation! [6:45]
29. End Credits [1:36]
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Versus Evil

    The true story of a priest hiding Allied Prisoners and Jews in Nazi occupied Rome during World War II. It is intriguing, suspenseful, and at times comical. Gregory Peck and Christopher Plummer do a superb job of portraying the Monsignor (Scarlet - Good) and the Colonel (Black - Evil). The ending is remarkable.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    DVD Scatlet and the Black

    This is terfic, if you are interested in history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    truth is stranger than fiction!

    Whoever says 'one person can't make a difference' needs to view this film about a real WWII hero. Msgr.O'Flaherty and those he gathers around him attempt to save downed allied pilots, escaped prisoners of war, Jewish refugees...all under the eyes of the SS and the Gestapo. Once saved, these must be housed, fed, etc. But no task too daunting for these brave men & women who face death for their efforts...should they be caught! You must watch to the end to understand my title! Enjoy! :>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2009

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