The Most Controversial Religious Movies Ever...?

Sep 13, 2012 Comments

Sinclair Lewis’ novel set off a firestorm of controversy when it was published in the late 1920s, and writer-director Richard Brooks faced many obstacles when he tried to adapt it in the 1950s. Studios were wary of the subject matter; the Production Code Administration did not permit the negative portrayal of ministers (requiring major adjustments in the script), and continuing protests by religious groups forced Brooks to add a disclaimer, discouraging children from attending. Nonetheless, the resulting film won critical acclaim, as well as Academy Awards for Brooks, Burt Lancaster and Shirley Jones.

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