DVD Release : The Scarlet and the Black (1983)
This week being re-released on home video from Shout Factory/Time Media is this unlikely WW2 espionage flick with 3 Academy Award winning actors in the lead roles. According to the opening credits the film is based on the true story of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty played by acting great Gregory Peck who attempts to filter POWs and refugees to safe havens under the nose of German officer Colonel Kappler played by another well known face, recent Oscar winner Christopher Plummer. John Gielgud rounds out the trio of Oscar winners as Pope Pius XII.
The film turns in to a deadly game of cat and mouse between frequently disguised Peck and the Gestapo led by Plummer. The film was originally released as a TV Movie of the week but don’t let that stop you from picking up a copy. The film is directed by long time television director Jerry London who also gave us the hugely popular mini-series Shogun. Another familiar name on the credits is Ennio Morricone who should require no introductions to film fans world wide, he composed and conducted the music for the telefilm. The movie should appeal to a wide audience from fans of the lead actors (me) to history buffs(Kristina of Speakeasy at http://hqofk.wordpress.com/ ) or just about anyone who enjoys a well told story on screen. Check it out.