The Scarlet and the Black

The Scarlet and the Black
Based onThe Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican by J.P. Gallagher
Written byDavid Butler
Directed byJerry London
StarringGregory Peck
Christopher Plummer
John Gielgud
Barbara Bouchet
Fabiana Udenio
Music byEnnio Morricone
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersHoward P. Alston
Alfio Sugaroni (associate producer)
ProducerBill McCutchen
Production locationsRome, Italy
Vatican City
CinematographyGiuseppe Rotunno
EditorBenjamin A. Weissman
Running time143 minutes
Production companyITC Entertainment
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseFebruary 2, 1983 (1983-02-02)
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The Scarlet and the Black is a 1983 American made-for-television historical war drama film directed by Jerry London and starring Gregory Peck and Christopher Plummer.

Based on J. P. Gallagher's book The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican (published in 1967), the film tells the story of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, a real-life Irish Catholic priest who saved thousands of Jews and escaped Allied POWs in Rome.[1] It was directed by Jerry London. CBS distributed more than 500,000 scripts of The Scarlet and the Black to students in elementary and high schools throughout the country, to be read aloud in class to stimulate student interest in English and history.[1]

The title The Scarlet and the Black is a reference not only to the black cassock and scarlet sash worn by Monsignores and bishops in the Catholic Church, but also to the dominant colors of Nazi Party regalia.

  1. ^ a b Corry, John (February 2, 1983). "'TV: MOVIE ABOUT NAZIS AND PAPAL DIPLOMACY'". The New York Times. Retrieved February 4, 2018.

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