Directed by Richard Brooks • 1960 • United States
Starring Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons, Arthur Kennedy
Handsome. Opportunistic. Immoral. Traveling salesman Elmer Gantry (Burt Lancaster) is all this and more. So when he stumbles into a revival meeting and discovers that he can hustle money in a tent show as easily as in a saloon, Gantry converts to evangelism. Joining forces with Sister Sharon Falconer (Jean Simmons), he delivers demon-bashing oratories that bring him fame and fortune. But when an old flame (Shirley Jones) reappears, Gantry is forced to confront demons of a more worldly order. Directed by Richard Brooks and based on the best-selling novel by Sinclair Lewis, ELMER GANTRY won three Academy Awards: best actor (Lancaster), supporting actress (Jones), and adapted screenplay.