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The Devil's Advocate (1977)

109 min | Drama

A high ranking Roman Catholic priest, Monsignor Blaise Meredith (Sir John Mills), finds out he has terminal cancer. His faith is tested when faced with imminent death. At the same time, he is asked to travel to a remote village in the ...See moreA high ranking Roman Catholic priest, Monsignor Blaise Meredith (Sir John Mills), finds out he has terminal cancer. His faith is tested when faced with imminent death. At the same time, he is asked to travel to a remote village in the south of Italy to investigate a mysterious individual, Giacomo Nerone (Leigh Lawson), who has been named as a possible "saint" because he is said to have performed miracles. Before the Roman Catholic Church proclaims him to be a saint, someone has to play the "devil's advocate", investigate his life and make a case why he should not be a saint. Monsignor Meredith begins his investigations by talking to several people who have met him. He discovers his real name was "James Black". He was a British soldier who had become detached from the British Army (during World War II) and was hiding in this village in war-torn Italy. He began a relationship with a local woman. Written by Vittor See less
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Morris L. West (novel) (screenplay) (as Morris West)
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Oct 27, 1977 (West Germany)

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John Mills
Monsignor Blaise Meredith (as Sir John Mills) Monsignor Blaise Meredith (as Sir John Mills)   See fewer
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Stéphane Audran
Anne - Contessa di Sanctis Anne - Contessa di Sanctis   See fewer
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Jason Miller
Dr. Aldo Meyer Dr. Aldo Meyer   See fewer
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Paola Pitagora
Nina Sanduzzi Nina Sanduzzi   See fewer
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Leigh Lawson
Giacomo Nerone Giacomo Nerone   See fewer
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Timothy West
Father Anselmo Father Anselmo   See fewer
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Patrick Mower
Il Lupo Il Lupo   See fewer
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Romolo Valli
Cardinal Marotta Cardinal Marotta   See fewer
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Raf Vallone
Bishop Aurelio Bishop Aurelio   See fewer
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Jack Hedley
Vatican Doctor Vatican Doctor   See fewer
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Winni Riva
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Hartmut Solinger
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6.3 / 10 | 49 votes