The Scarlet and the Black

The Scarlet and the Black

DVD - 1983
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Father Hugh O'Flaherty is a Vatican official who has been hiding downed Allied pilots and other enemies of the Nazi party. However, because of his high status, the Nazis cannot arrest him.
Publisher: Eugene, Oregon :, Distributed by Timeless Media Group ;, Los Angeles, California :, Marketed by Shout! Factory LLC,, [1983].
Copyright Date: ©1983
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (approximately 138 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, video, mono, Dolby Digital, rda
1.33:1 full screen, rda
DVD, NTSC, rda
video file, DVD, region 1, rda


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Apr 16, 2017

I'm not sure why I checked this out, think because it has Gregory Peck in it (always good!) The DVD is based on a true story and is about an underground movement based in the Vatican during WWII. It helped escaped POWs get into safe houses in the Rome area. Peck plays Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty who runs the underground operation. At one time it had over 4,000 POWs housed safely in the Rome area - many escapees went to the Vatican because it was a neural territory during the War. The Pope at the time, Pius XII (played by John Gielgud) was a bit controversial for his wartime activities (or inactivities) which is not addressed in the DVD. The head of the Gestapo in Rome was a man named Kappler, played by Christopher Plummer (yes, Mr. Sound of Music!) he gets suspicious of O'Flaherty and threatens to catch him and kill him. I only gave it three stars because, it was a bit slow moving and I am not Catholic, I don't understand the Catholic beliefs and practices and really don't understand the church's politics, but the DVD was interesting because it portrays a man who truly had firm beliefs and he put them into practice for people who really needed help during a turbulent time. The DVD doesn't cover this, but according to Wikipedia, O'Flaherty got Kappler's family out of Rome before the Allies arrived he even visited Kappler in prison (he was convicted of war crimes). Good viewing for Easter Sunday!

Mar 11, 2017

Awesome movie to watch. Great compassion and sensitivity for life of others.

Mar 10, 2017

Excellent film! Super!

Dec 18, 2016

I remember watching this movie back in the '80's. At the time, I was unable to track down the source of the true story (no internet, OMG). I have found the original novel on Ebay and will be ordering it forthwith. Definitely worth a watch if you are interested in WWII. Awesome movie!

C20T11 May 17, 2016


Mar 15, 2016

Excellent movie!!

Apr 27, 2015

This is a 1983 war docu-drama directed by Jerry London for TV movie starring Gregory Peck and Christopher Plummer, based on J. P. Gallagher's book: "The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican" published in 1967.
It tells about the story about Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, a real life Irish-born Roman Catholic priest who saved thousands of Jews and escaped Allied POWs in Rome.
It is one of the best thrilling, suspenseful yet heart-warming and "humanistic" docu-dramas.
After the war, Herbert Kappler was sentenced to life imprisonment, and did convert to Roman Catholicism in 1959, partly under the influence of his war-time opponent Hugh O'Flaherty, who visited Kappler in prison every month, discussing religion and literature with him.
He was eventually transferred to a prison hospital on account of poor health.
It was there that he escaped imprisonment by being smuggled out in a suitcase by his wife.
He escaped to West Germany, where he eventually died at age 70 in 1978.

EuSei Sep 23, 2014

Wonderful movie about a very strong man--a priest--who helped save thousands who, otherwise, would have perished under the (German Socialists) NAZI boot. (After I saw a picture of Monsignor O'Flaherty I think Carl Malden would have been a better choice than Gregory Peck.)

Jun 16, 2014

The Scarlet and the Black is a true story from World War II. It shows the courage of not only one priest, but Italian families willing to hide Jewish refugees in their homes. If they are caught they will surely be executed. Yet both the priest and the Italian sympathizers of the Jewish peoples plight, continue to shield them. The story is of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, and I am glad he story was given a Five Star Cast, Director and Script. Gregory Peck plays Father O'Flaherty and the role couldn't have been in better hands. My wife and I were proud of all those who helped Jewish refugees escape the Nazi's.

JMGP Apr 09, 2014

What a rare pleasure it was to watch a movie which depicts the Catholic Church in a positive light! The true story of heroic Father O'Flaherty is edifying. Gregory Peck and Christopher Plummer's performances are exceptional, and the brilliant dialogue the two share whenever they meet is very entertaining. This was a great pick to watch during Lent.

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