The Scarlet and the Black (1983) - Drama, History, War

Hohum Score

16

Watchable

Vatican efforts, lead by Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, to save Allied P.O.W.s and downed Allied airmen as the Nazis invade Rome.

IMDB: 7.7
Director: Jerry London
Stars: Gregory Peck, Christopher Plummer
Length: 143 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 2 out of 34 found boring (5.88%)

One-line Reviews (21)

The Scarlet and the Black is such a fascinating story, and it's also based on a true one.

Great movie, very intense .

Director Jerry London brought together some great actors, a fine script, and true life events to create an exceptional television film Based on the efforts of a Irish priest to smuggle Allied prisoners through the Vatican and under the noses of the Nazis, this is a very suspenseful and dramatic story.

Slow-Burning Thriller.

Christopher Plummer is always worth watching and his performance here is no exception.

The action is tense and gripping throughout this tale of plucky good against remorseless evil, based on a true story and with a startling twist of redemption at the end.

In some dramatic or suspenseful scenes, the music is terrible.

" The frenetic musical score of Ennio Morricone (The Good, The Bad and The Ugly) helps to keep the pace on the edge of you seat.

At the outset it is pretty slow, almost tongue-in-cheek at times.

It is a fast paced history/war/drama/thriller in the mold of such films as "The Third Man," and "The Thirty Nine Steps.

Overall, a thoroughly compelling World War II drama that tells a story of great heroism.

This is a fascinating non battle aspect of WWII showing the help the Vatican provided while trying to maintain neutrality.

Fascinating true story .

Intriguing true story; inspirational and well acted.

This is simply some fine film making at its very best, and I highly recommend it, if you have not already had a chance to see it.

Instead, the filmmakers allowed the setting and actors tell their story without pushing a message, allowing viewers to draw their own conclusions, which is, in the end, a far more compelling statement.

Intense, moving, and sometimes brilliant, The Scarlet and the Black is one of the more intelligent television movies of the era and one that holds up well to this day.

The story is exciting and stranger than fiction in parts as only a true story can be with disguises and assassination attempts.

Excellent performances help to make this a film well worth watching.

Gripping wartime tale set in Nazi-occupied Rome .

The closing titles revealed the fate of both protagonists which would make seeking out a full version of "The Scarlet and The Black" rather pointless.