Preach It!

Preach It!

2 Episodes

Silver-tongued charlatans come bearing hidden motives in these subversive, fire-and-brimstone exposés of religious hypocrisy and chicanery. Richard Brooks’s powerful adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’s controversial novel “Elmer Gantry” stars an Oscar-winning Burt Lancaster, in one of his greatest roles, as an opportunistic evangelist who rises to ignoble heights. Lancaster’s Gantry is the not-too-distant cousin of the heretical preacher played by Brad Dourif in John Huston’s appropriately gonzo take on Flannery O’Connor’s “Wise Blood,” a startlingly original, tragicomic blend of social commentary and southern-gothic eccentricity.

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Preach It!
  • Elmer Gantry

    Episode 1

    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 ...

  • Wise Blood

    Episode 2

    Directed by John Huston • 1979 • United States

    In this acclaimed adaptation of the first novel by legendary Southern writer Flannery O'Connor, John Huston vividly brings to life her poetic world of American eccentricity. Brad Dourif, in an impassioned performance, is Hazel Motes, who, fresh ou...