The Cardinal
The Cardinal (1963)

Tom Tryon plays the title role in this Otto Preminger version of the Henry Morton Robinson novel. In his matriculation from Monsignor to the College of Cardinals, Stephen Fermoyle (Tom Tryon) must undergo several grueling life experiences:… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 12, 1963
DVD Release Date: February 25, 2003
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This is an extremely well constructed film, made with a balance that keeps its overflowing plot line in perfect control.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's nothing more than a kitsch take on the good and bad of the Catholic Church, but it has the chutzpah to pose as a work of art.

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Steve Crum

Implausible epic telling of Tom Tryon as courageous priest has great Moross score.

Tom Milne
Time Out

Risible script based on a doorstop novel by Henry Morton Robinson, but handled by Preminger with tremendous panache; worth seeing just for the incredible skill and flair with which he stages the action and moves the camera.

TV Guide

With an hour cut out of it, this might have been a landmark picture.

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John A. Nesbit

I lasted a little over halfway through before figuring that it wasn't going to get any better...

Bosley Crowther
New York Times

he end is a great letdown from what Mr. Preminger might have accomplished with the 1950 novel of Henry Morton Robinson. There is no strong flow of spirit through it. Even the melodrama is perfunctory and weak.

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Emanuel Levy

Thematically, Preminger's drama about internal church politics is most intriguing; too bad that the lead, Tom Tryon, is miscast.

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A compulsively watchable if distorted history lesson

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
A very good film that takes on a number of difficult topics -- possibly too many. One of Preminger's best, if underrated, films, with a strong performance… More
Cameron Johnson
I can't think of anyone more qualified for such a high, honorable position in Catholic priesthood than John Slaughter. I always found that name disturbing… More
John Ballantine
A beautiful film about the title cardinal and his journey through life dealing with a full lifetime of issues. Highly recommended.