Starring Burt Lancaster

Starring Burt Lancaster

19 Episodes

Capable of projecting both powerful physicality and gentle sensitivity, Burt Lancaster brought his megawatt star power to a wide array of unforgettable roles, embodying heroes, villains, and morally complex everymen with an innate dignity and gravitas. Beginning his career as a circus acrobat—training that he would put to use in many of his performances—Lancaster didn’t break into films until his thirties, but his undeniable magnetism made him an instant star. Throughout his five-decade career, he established himself as a performer of remarkable versatility, equally convincing as a romantic leading man in the acclaimed World War II drama FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, a ruthless gossip columnist in the acid-tongued noir SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS, and a charlatan preacher in the subversive Sinclair Lewis adaptation ELMER GANTRY, for which he won the Academy Award for best actor. Moving between Hollywood blockbusters and independent passion projects—many made through his own production company—Lancaster left behind an extraordinary body of work that reflects his penchant for risk-taking roles and outspoken commitment to progressive social causes.

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Starring Burt Lancaster
  • Starring Burt Lancaster Teaser

    Episode 1

  • I Walk Alone

    Episode 2

    Directed by Byron Haskin • 1947 • United States
    Starring Burt Lancaster, Lizabeth Scott, Kirk Douglas

    The dynamite pairing of Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas—in the first of seven films they made together—lights up this striking film noir. Just out of prison, ex-bootlegger Frankie Madison (Lanca...

  • Brute Force

    Episode 3

    Directed by Jules Dassin • 1947 • United States

    As hard-hitting as its title, BRUTE FORCE was the first of Jules Dassin's forays into the crime genre, a prison melodrama that takes a critical look at American society as well. Burt Lancaster is the timeworn Joe Collins, who, along with his fell...

  • Sorry, Wrong Number

    Episode 4

    Directed by Anatole Litvak • 1948 • United States
    Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Ann Richards

    Barbara Stanwyck delivers a virtual one-woman tour de force in this taut, nail-biting thriller adapted from the classic radio play of the same name. She plays a wealthy, bedridden hypochondr...

  • Come Back, Little Sheba

    Episode 5

    Directed by Daniel Mann • 1952 • United States
    Starring Burt Lancaster, Shirley Booth, Terry Moore

    This devastating drama lays bare the tensions beneath the rosy surface of 1950s America. Shirley Booth, reprising her Tony Award–winning Broadway turn, won a best actress Oscar for her film debut, ...

  • From Here to Eternity

    Episode 6

    Directed by Fred Zinnemann • 1953 • United States
    Starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr

    Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr make waves in this landmark blockbuster about raging passions and stormy personal dramas on a Hawaiian military base in the lead-up to the attack on Pearl Har...

  • The Rose Tattoo

    Episode 7

    Directed by Daniel Mann • 1955 • United States
    Starring Anna Magnani, Burt Lancaster, Marisa Pavan

    Tennessee Williams’s hot-and-heavy study of sexual repression gets a smoldering screen adaptation courtesy of the larger-than-life talents of Burt Lancaster and Italian superstar Anna Magnani. Maki...

  • The Rainmaker

    Episode 8

    Directed by Joseph Anthony • 1956 • United States
    Starring Burt Lancaster, Katharine Hepburn, Wendell Corey

    Burt Lancaster’s larger-than-life charisma lights up this captivating romance, in which he plays a silver-tongued con man who promises to bring rain to a drought-stricken Kansas town—and a...

  • Sweet Smell of Success

    Episode 9

    Directed by Alexander Mackendrick • 1957 • United States
    Starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison

    In the swift, cynical SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS, directed by Alexander Mackendrick, Burt Lancaster stars as the vicious Broadway gossip columnist J. J. Hunsecker, and Tony Curtis as Sidney ...

  • Separate Tables

    Episode 10

    Directed by Delbert Mann • 1958 • United States
    Starring Deborah Kerr, Rita Hayworth, David Niven

    An all-star cast—including David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Burt Lancaster, Rita Hayworth, and Wendy Hiller—converges at an English seaside hotel where messy personal dramas and tangled love lives are gra...

  • Elmer Gantry

    Episode 11

    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 ...

  • Birdman of Alcatraz

    Episode 12

    Directed by John Frankenheimer • 1962 • United States
    Starring Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter

    The remarkable true story of Robert Stroud—a notorious convicted killer who, while incarcerated, became a respected ornithologist—is brought to the screen with conviction and intelligence by...

  • The Train
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    Episode 13

    The Train

    Episode 13

    Directed by John Frankenheimer • 1964 • United States
    Starring Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau

    John Frankenheimer’s adventure thriller stars the one and only Burt Lancaster as a workaday World War II–era French railway inspector charged with ensuring that a cargo of irreplaceable Fr...

  • Seven Days in May

    Episode 14

    Directed by John Frankenheimer • 1964 • United States
    Starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March

    At the height of the Cold War, the unpopular president of the United States (Fredric March) sponsors a treaty with the Soviet Union. But a popular, right-wing general (Burt Lancaster), beli...

  • The Professionals

    Episode 15

    Directed by Richard Brooks • 1966 • United States
    Starring Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan

    Soldier of fortune Burt Lancaster leads a rugged team of mercenaries to rescue a beautiful woman in this dramatic, action-packed western. Determined to rescue his wife, Maria (Claudia Cardinale), a...

  • The Swimmer

    Episode 16

    Directed by Frank Perry • 1968 • United States
    Starring Burt Lancaster, Janet Landgard, Janice Rule

    In the affluent community of Westport, Connecticut, advertising executive Ned Merrill (Burt Lancaster) shows up at a distant neighbor’s pool clad only in swimming trunks. To return the few miles h...

  • Conversation Piece

    Episode 17

    Directed by Luchino Visconti • 1974 • Italy
    Starring Burt Lancaster, Helmut Berger, Silvana Mangano

    Luchino Visconti’s award-winning classic examines the solitary life of a retired American professor (Burt Lancaster) who lives alone in a luxurious palazzo in Rome. When he reluctantly rents an ap...

  • Atlantic City

    Episode 18

    Directed by Louis Malle • 1980 • France, Canada
    Starring Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon, Michel Piccoli

    Dreams die hard amid the boardwalks and casinos of the faded New Jersey gambling town where Sally (Susan Sarandon), a young waitress and aspiring blackjack dealer, meets Lou (Burt Lancaster), ...

  • Local Hero

    Episode 19

    Directed by Bill Forsyth • 1983 • United Kingdom
    Starring Burt Lancaster, Peter Riegert, Fulton Mackay

    Bill Forsyth put Scottish cinema on the map with this delightfully eccentric culture-clash comedy. Riffing on popular representations of Scottish life and folklore, LOCAL HERO follows the Texas...