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The Runner Stumbles (1979)

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, ... See full summary »

Director:

Stanley Kramer

Writers:

Milan Stitt (play), Milan Stitt
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Van Dyke ... Father Brian Rivard
Kathleen Quinlan ... Sister Rita
Maureen Stapleton ... Mrs. Shandig
Ray Bolger ... Monsignor Nicholson
Tammy Grimes ... Erna Webber
Beau Bridges ... Toby Felker
Allen Nause ... Prosecutor
John Procaccino ... Amos
Billy Jayne ... James (as Billy J. Jacoby)
Marguerite Morrissey Marguerite Morrissey ... Sister Immaculata (as Sister Marguerite Morrissey)
Zoaunne LeRoy Zoaunne LeRoy ... Sister Martha
Don Riley Don Riley ... Maurice Prindle
Ted D'Arms Ted D'Arms ... Sheriff
Kendall Kay Munsey Kendall Kay Munsey ... Louise Donnelly
Casey Kramer ... Marie
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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, 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 <slug@mailo.utexas.edu>

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A Forbidden Love. Based on a True Story. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1980 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A Queda See more »

Filming Locations:

Ellensburg, Washington, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Movie posters superimposed over the film's title the word 'Sometimes...' to form the phrase "Sometimes...the Runner Stumbles". See more »


Soundtracks

My Rumble Seat Gal
Music by Ernest Gold
Lyrics by Jan K. Gold (as Jeanette Keller)
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great movie
28 June 2008 | by ChickorySee all my reviews

I first saw this movie in 1983 when I went out west to see my boyfriend. He was a river runner & was living in a house full of the same. Because river runners are in & out of the house on multi-day trips, many people used the house as their crash pad between trips. The point is that the house was full of people. This came on HBO and a bunch of us watched it with rapt attention. Later that day, it came on again and we all sat there and watched it again! How good is a movie when a house full of people watch the same movie twice in one day! I have never understood why more people have not heard of or seen this movie. It is wonderful. It is not a slam bam action movie, it is more about character and how people evolve through interaction with others even though external events may not allow for it. I have never forgotten this movie and I am going to chase down my own copy.


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