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The Devil's Disciple (1959)

Approved | | Comedy, History, Romance | 20 August 1959 (USA)
The black sheep of a family and the local minister discover their true vocations during the Revolutionary War.

Directors:

Guy Hamilton, Alexander Mackendrick (uncredited)

Writers:

John Dighton (screenplay), Roland Kibbee (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Lancaster ... The Rev. Anthony Anderson
Kirk Douglas ... Richard Dudgeon
Laurence Olivier ... Gen. Burgoyne
Janette Scott ... Judith Anderson
Eva Le Gallienne ... Mrs. Dudgeon
Harry Andrews ... Maj. Swindon
Basil Sydney ... Lawyer Hawkins
George Rose ... British Sergeant
Neil McCallum Neil McCallum ... Christie Dudgeon (as Neil Mc Callum)
Mervyn Johns ... Rev. Maindeck Parshotter
David Horne ... Uncle William
Erik Chitty ... Uncle Titus
Allan Cuthbertson ... British Lieutenant
Percy Herbert ... Edict Sergeant
Phyllis Morris Phyllis Morris ... Wife of Titus
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Storyline

In a small New England town during the American War of Independence, Dick Dudgeon, a revolutionary American Puritan, is mistaken for local minister Rev. Anthony Anderson and arrested by the British. Dick discovers himself incapable of accusing another human to suffer and continues to masquerade as the reverend. The minister's wife, Judith, is moved by Dick's actions and mistakenly interprets them as an expression of love for her. In spite of his protestations she finds herself romantically attracted to him. Brought before British commander General Burgoyne, Dudgeon displays his willingness to die for his principles. At the last minute Dick is saved from ministerial pursuits to become a revolutionary leader. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

One devil of a motion picture !

Genres:

Comedy | History | Romance | War

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El discípulo del diablo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first of two large-scale movies filmed between 1958-60 from which Alexander Mackendrick was removed as director. The other was The Guns of Navarone (1961). See more »

Goofs

At the fallen tree roadblock the soldiers working to clear the trees are just whacking away at various points on the tree with no obvious knowledge of how to use an axe. See more »

Quotes

Dick Dudgeon: The rest of this story is pure fiction. Rest assured, you can believe every word of it.
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Connections

Version of Theatre Night: The Devil's Disciple (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle
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traditional 18th Century Anglo-American folk song
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Overlooked , underrated gem
10 July 2000 | by coop-16See all my reviews

Oddly enough, very few good films have been made about The American revolution, and this is one of them.Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster put in very fine performances, with Lancaster acting against type as the priggish, self-righteous minister who transforms himself into a dashing, wickedly, hero, and Kirk Douglas as the sardonic, cynical, Satanic, selfish, and utterly delightful Dick Dudgeon, who transforms himself inot an altruistic, self sacrificing hero. Laurence Oliviers performance is little too langourous and flat, until he delivers the films great punch-line, "history will lie, as usual." Of course, it may be that the films sharp-eyed, toughly ironic view of the revolution has militated against it ever gaining the popularity it deserves


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