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The Runner Stumbles (1979)

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109 min | Drama

Father Rivard is a priest in a small, economically depressed coal mining town. Working on what he thinks is a "controversial" work, he lives with the brutal lives of his poor parishioners, the old, unfriendly nuns in the nearby convent, ...See moreFather Rivard is a priest in a small, economically depressed coal mining town. Working on what he thinks is a "controversial" work, he lives with the brutal lives of his poor parishioners, the old, unfriendly nuns in the nearby convent, and his own self doubts. When Rita, an energetic and bright young Sister, arrives at the parish, he finds someone he can talk to, someone with whom he has much in common. This sets into motion a series of events that leads to Sister Rita's death - and the indictment of Father Rivard in that act. Written by Gary Dickerson See less
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László Kovács (as Laszlo Kovacs)
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Karen Sharpe (as Karen Kramer)
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Alfred Sweeney (as Alfred Sweeney Jr.)
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Apr 8, 1979 (United States)

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39 cast members
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Dick Van Dyke
Father Brian Rivard Father Brian Rivard   See fewer
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Kathleen Quinlan
Sister Rita Sister Rita   See fewer
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Maureen Stapleton
Mrs. Shandig Mrs. Shandig   See fewer
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Ray Bolger
Monsignor Nicholson Monsignor Nicholson   See fewer
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Tammy Grimes
Erna Webber Erna Webber   See fewer
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Beau Bridges
Toby Felker Toby Felker   See fewer
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Allen Nause
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Billy Jayne
James (as Billy J. Jacoby) James (as Billy J. Jacoby)   See fewer
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Marguerite Morrissey
Sister Immaculata (as Sister Marguerite Morrissey) Sister Immaculata (as Sister Marguerite Morrissey)   See fewer
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Zoaunne LeRoy
Sister Martha Sister Martha   See fewer
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Don Riley
Maurice Prindle Maurice Prindle   See fewer
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Sheriff Sheriff   See fewer
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Kendall Kay Munsey
Louise Donnelly Louise Donnelly   See fewer
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Jim Doyle
Matt Webber Matt Webber   See fewer
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Sophie (as Katharine Kramer) Sophie (as Katharine Kramer)   See fewer
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Bill Dore
Judge Judge   See fewer
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Sick Nun (uncredited) Sick Nun (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.1 / 10 | 196 votes